Music at All Saints'
A brief musical history of All Saints' Church
It is clear from past records that fine music was always offered in the services at All Saints' and that the liturgy was presented with due dignity. The first organ was installed in 1522 and there has been an unbroken tradition of choral singing certainly for the past one hundred and fifty years.
Since the beginning, plainsong, the ancient music of the Church, would have been sung, often in English, and this is still in frequent use at All Saints' today. Settings of the Mass are usually congregational and the New English Hymnal is in use, together with a wide variety of other hymnals and publications. Choral Mass settings and Psalms with traditional texts are often featured on Holy Days.
The present choir of over 30 members has an extensive repertoire with the music of the English sixteenth century composers Byrd, Gibbons, Tallis featuring prominently along with their continental contempories Palestrina, Victoria and others. composers of later centuries to the present day also have their place. New members to the choir are always welcome.
All Saints' is a popular venue for many local orchastra's, choral societies and choirs to perform because of its excellent accoustics and sightlines. The church also holds regular Monday lunchtime concerts during the autumn, spring and summer terms. The programme runs from 1.10 to around 1.50 pm and features musicians from the Royal Academy of Music, local schools and local soloists. The event is free but a retiring collection is taken to assist with the cost of staging the concerts. The audience is encouraged to bring and consume their lunches while enjoying a wide range of excellent music. Tea and coffee is served after each concert. The programme is shown elsewhere on this site.
Concert Programme for Autumn 2012
Monday Lunchtimes (1.10 - 1.50 pm):
10 Sept - Liam Cartwright, Organ
17 Sept - Musicians from the Royal Academy of Music
24 Sept - Martin Smith, Euphonium
01 Oct - Musicians from the Royal Academy of Music
08 Oct - Organ Recital, Antony Philpott
15 Oct - Musicians from the Royal Academy of Music
22 Oct - Genevieve Usher, Soprano
05 Nov - Musicians from the Royal Academy of Music
12 Nov - Organ Recital
19 Nov - Musicians from the Royal Academy of Music with Vicky Yuan, flute
26 Nov - Harriet Kirk, Mezzo-Soprano 10 Dec - Organ Recital
17 Dec - Musicians from the Royal Academy of Music with Alex Rolton, cello
The concerts are free but a retiring collection is taken - please use gift aid envelopes if you are a UK taxpayer. Bring your lunch! Take a break from your work and the bustle of a busy town to enjoy 40 minutes of music on a Monday lunchtime. Tea and coffee will be served after each recital. We look forward to seeing you.