Music at All Saints
Our continuing many thanks to the choir for recording their parts, to Alan and Patrick for splicing, and to Paul for organising.
The choir has room for a few more singers. It is a big commitment, but great fun and very rewarding! We sing in church, during weekly services, and at special events such as the Civic service and the Mayor's carol concert. Singing scholarships for all voices and an organ scholarship are offered.
We often make day trips to local cathedrals to sing Evensong and every two years we organise a residential cathedral trip and sing the services for a number of days. At the end of August 2014, we spent 4 days singing the services at Hereford cathedral and were pleased that the cathedral clergy said nice things about us.
In August 2016, we sang the services at Lincoln cathedral for a full week from 22nd to 28th August. This is the music we sang during the week. In late August/early September 2018 we sang the services in Wells cathedral and this year we shall be visiting Exeter cathedral.
The choir's diary is available to view here and if you would like to know what music has been and will be sung in Church this year, please click on the appropriate month:
January 2018, February 2018, March 2018, April 2018, May 2018, June 2018, July 2018, September 2018, October 2018, November 2018, December 2018, January 2019, February 2019, March 2019, April 2019, May 2019, June 2019, July 2019, August 2019, September 2019, October 2019, November 2019, December 2019, January 2020, February 2020, March 2020 and April 2020 (draft in progress at Lockdown!). Since lockdown we have been making music virtually - see the All Saints YouTube channel and the music list for May and June 2020. We returned to the stalls on 12th September, 2021. Here are the post-lockdown music lists: September 2021, October 2021, November 2021 and December 2021. An index to our music library is here.
Sometimes the choir sings more ambitious pieces and recruits extra singers. For example, we sang Gilbert & Sullivan's "Trial by Jury" on March 5th 2016 to raise funds for cleaning the organ. On 7th May 2016 we joined the Stewkley Singers to sing Carmina Burana, Blest Pair of Sirens and extracts from "Candide" here at All Saints. At Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve 2016 we sang Haydn's Nelson Mass; at Christmas 2017 it was Schubert in G, the Byrd 4 part mass at Christmas 2018 and Mozart's Missa Brevis in D at Christmas 2019.
And in March 2018, just before Holy Week, we gave two fully-staged performances of Jesus Christ Superstar.
If you would like to join the choir or perform with the choir on special occasions, or if you would just like more information, please get in touch with:
Mr Paul Dickens
Director of Music
01525 210210 or 07939 260179