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 congregation of All Saints’, Staplehurst is fortunate to have a choir of about fifteen experienced and enthusiastic singers who are committed to their leadership of worship and are able to sing in four or more parts. For Festivals, ‘special’ services and especially at Advent, Christmas, Easter, the choir is usually augmented by other local singers who wish to join choral singing at this level. The choir’s repertoire is extensive and continually expanding, with music of all types, and from all eras, from the sixteenth century to contemporary music of the 21st Century.
In services we sing introits, anthems, psalms, sacred songs, traditional chants, Taizé chants and of course a good range of hymns. Hymns are chosen either from Hymns Ancient & Modern revised, Mission Praise or Sing Glory. When we have the opportunity to sing music for Choral Evensong services, we also enjoy the challenge of more complex service settings. Simple choruses and familiar hymns are used for the Family Service on the first Sunday morning of the month and the choir is not used for this service.
During special times during the year the choir offers special events and performances of sacred music. For Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Eve, Easter Day, Ascension Day and also to celebrate particular festivals and to mark special days in the church’s calendar, we offer something special to match.
Sometimes, opportunities arise to offer solos to individuals in the choir, or other singers from the local area are used as ‘guest’ soloists. Also, from time to time, the choir seeks to work on larger scale works. Our recent venture included singing the Fauré Requiem Mass using soloists from our own choir.
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.