The choir is a traditional, robed, Anglican Parish Church Choir. We sing four-part music, and are affiliated to the RSCM. We sing weekly on a Sunday morning, and at a Choral Evensong once a month. In addition, on special church days, we sing at an evening service - there are about eight of these a year.
Rehearsals are one hour (7-8 pm) on Friday nights in the church.
We get through a lot of music. In 2016, the adult choir sang 74 anthems, and led the congregation at 83 services in both the liturgical music, and in 212 hymns (28 of which had descants). It is an impressive tally, so prospective members either need to be able to sight-read decently well, or be an active learner: we have a 'reading club', and some of our members use online resources to help learn the music.
Our expectation is that you will be able to attend regularly. You need to be committed, although the exact attendance may vary from person to person. The expectation would be at least 75% of rehearsals and services. Christmas and Easter are important!
You would need to be able to indicate in advance your attendance for the month.
Find out more, or join
Come and try it: The best way to find out if the choir is for you is to suck it and see: phone or e-mail in advance, and come along to a Friday practice.
Please try not to be late!
The south half of the choir at a recent wedding
Sung Eucharist (every Sunday) : 09:30 service (we meet for a short rehearsal at 9am)
Choral Evensong (once a month or so) : 17:00 (we meet earlier, usually at 4pm to prepare)
Weekday Festivals Eucharists (about ten a year) : 19:00 (again we meet earlier - times vary)
What our members say about why they are in the choir
The choir is like a family to me. We’re all different backgrounds, but we have great fun together. I love singing - it’s uplifting, spiritually and emotionally, and a good aerobic workout, too!
I enjoy it, and the contribution we makes to the worship at services
We are a friendly lot, and enjoy singing
I enjoy choral singing, learning a wealth of new music, improving my sight reading and gaining confidence
It's my way of praising God and it always makes me feel good.
I enjoy learning and singing. I am surprised, but it is fun.
It is good to make a contribution to the life of All Saints.
I love singing, and particularly enjoy the music.
The cameraderie of the group, and the uplifting feeling you get while singing.