Christ with All Saints’ is blessed with a good and growing four part robed choir made up of local people of all ages (the youngest member is ten, the oldest was ten a long time ago!), who come together each week to sing together. Rehearsals are informal and have a strong social element; we have a lot of fun! The choir has a large repertoire of music from all periods, from Palastrina, Byrd, Mozart and Stainer to modern church music. We are always glad to welcome new members. It doesn’t matter if you have never sung in a choir before or whether you can read music. The only qualification you need is a love of singing and commitment to attend rehearsals and services. We rehearse at 6:45pm on Thursdays and 10:30am on Sunday mornings, and sing at the 11:30am service on Sunday (excluding the second Sunday of the month. In addition, we go on regular (optional) trips to sing at other churches. If you would like to know more, contact Phil, the Organist and Choirmaster on 07821307909 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Press play to listen to a recording of the choir, accompanied by the glorious organ of All Saints, singing J. H. Maunder’s Te Deum.
Click on the link below to print a copy of the choir recruitment leaflet
ALL SAINTS’ CHOIR: AS HEARD ON THE BBC!
On September 7th 2014 the choir was broadcast on BBC Radio as part of their religious broadcasts. This was a hugely exciting day for all of the choir and an amazing reward for their hard work loyalty and commitment. We hope it was the first of many broadcasts to come!
The choir was founded at the same time as the church in 1888, over 125 years ago under Organist and Choirmaster Mr W. Hope, whose name appears in the parish magazine in 1895. At first the choir consisted of men and boys only, as was the custom of the period. Although it is unknown exactly when ladies and girls were first admitted, we believe it was sometime after the end of the First World War, as many of the members of the choir had been killed in the fighting. Their names appear with many others on the war memorial in church.
It seems that All Saints’ Choir have always had something of a reputation: in his book ‘For All The Saints’, about All Saints in the 1920’s, Stanley Broomhead (whose brother still attends church) says the choir were “the rummest choir of any church I have seen”. We are proud to continue that tradition of singing and worshipping with spirit and gusto!
Choir dress has changed little over the years. Men and children have always worn, and continue to wear, black cassocks and white surplices. Until the mid 1990’s, ladies wore black academic gowns, white jabot collars and mortar boards. The cap and collar were then dropped and the girls now wear the gown only.
It is a testimony to the welcoming nature of the choir that, whilst some members are relatively new, others have a long history; even in one case being the third generation of a local family to be a member!