The PCC is delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Turner as Choir Director. Ian will be officially welcomed and commissioned on Sunday the 5th November at the 10.00am at our Patronal Festival Service.
Debbie and the Choir are looking forward to Ian taking on the role. There will be a sliding handover as Debbie will complete the pieces the choir started to rehearse. We are very grateful to Debbie and there will be an opportunity to express our gratitude to Debbie for her perseverance to keep going conducting the choir until we find a choir director. It took us a couple of years and so Ian’s appointment marks an exciting and new chapter for the choir and the congregation. Please let everybody know about the time of Ian’s welcome at the Patronal Festival Service and his wife as they are settling into the life of All Saints Church.
The choir rehearses on Friday evenings between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm, or thereabouts, in the Church.
Normal Sunday Morning Service 10.00 am. until approximately 11.30 am. and Evening Services, 4.30 pm. until 5.30 pm. in winter months and 6.30 p.m. until 7.30 p.m the rest of the year.
All Saints’ Music
The Choir is a four part one composed of 12 regular, enthusiastic and able singers. For certain events it is augmented, and it is accompanied by two experienced organists on a rota basis, playing an excellent Willis organ, which has recently been refurbished and is regularly tuned and maintained.
There are 6 sung services a month and the choir sings an anthem at each of them, singing additionally an introit and usually a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis setting at the monthly Choral Evensong.
The annual Christmas Carol Service is an excellent traditional and well attended event, and Holy Week now features not only the established Good Friday meditational service with a range of appropriate musical items; but also, on Maundy Thursday the Stripping of the Altar undertaken whilst the Allegri Miserere is sung. The 2018 Summer Concert will feature the Vivaldi “Gloria”.
Whilst clearly choral singing in church has a serious purpose as part of the worship of the church, the intention is to make it enjoyable and open to anyone who wishes to join in- there are no auditions or interviews and we would genuinely welcome anyone interested in singing to join us for an hour on Fridays at 7pm and at several of the monthly services.
In the last few years with have sung:
- Faure’s Requiem Mass
- Handel’s Messiah
- Stainer’s Crucifixion
Recent Anthem’s sung include:
- O Magnum Mysterium – Lauridsen
- Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
- The Lord is my Shepherd – Goodhall
- All things bright and beautiful – Rutter
We have a wide range of single-sheet anthems in our library and we also have full sets of the following anthologies:
- Oxford Easy Anthem Book
- Anthems Old and New selected by Chris Tambling
- Classic Melodies for Choirs
- Bob Chilcott Anthems
At Christmas, the choir always presents a traditional Festival of Carols and Lessons, and at Christmas Eve sings a wide range of carols for the midnight mass. At Advent, this year, we sang a wide range of music at our Advent Choral Service of Light; and at Easter, this year, we will be preparing a wide variety of anthems in preparation for Holy week and then, for our Good Friday service.
Weddings are an important part of the choir’s work and we are particularly keen to ensure that those couples who are seeking a musical wedding are able to approach their preparation for their service in partnership with the choir, if they so wish. Couples are encouraged to come along to one of the two wedding music evenings the choir specifically sets aside each year to help couples choose suitable music that they want to hear and that their families and friends will want to sing. Couples are strongly recommended to seek the advice of the Music Director in order that their requirements can be discussed. If you want to know more then do please download the Wedding Music Leaflet
The aim of the choir is to “be with God through music”, and to make music to the glory of God. We aim to inspire others through the medium of music, to lead the congregation in the singing of hymns and sacred songs, and also to support the said parts of the services – always working to the highest standards.