The Music Staff
Organist & Director of Music – Jan Pringle
All Saints has a four-part robed choir comprising of adults, young people, boys and girls who sing at the main Services each week. It is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). Choristers are trained using this scheme and a large proportion have gained Deans’ and Bishops’ Awards at Guildford Cathedral.
The PCC encourage this choral tradition and generously fund the work of the choir. Organ Scholarships are also available for promising musicians. A previous Head Chorister is now Music Director at the Guards’ Chapel in London.
This lovely traditional service, using the Book of Common Prayer, is held on the 3rd Sunday of each month except August, December and January, when Carol Services – with choir highlights – take over. The next Choral Evensong is on 21st October at 6.30pm, when the music will include: Introit – ‘Locus iste’ (Bruckner); Responses set by Smith; Canticles by Statham in E minor; and Anthem – ‘Hear my prayer’ by Mendelssohn.
It is also becoming a tradition to have a special piece of music on a Sunday in Lent – in 2017 the choir sang Stainer’s Crucifixion and in 2018 they gave a beautiful rendition of Faure’s Requiem.
Besides singing in church, choristers enjoy each other’s’ company in a range of activities including bowling, table tennis, visits to the theatre and theme parks. They enjoy an annual firework party, summer barbeque and Christmas meal. They also give concerts and visit hospitals in the locality.
All Saints choir is renowned for its high standard of performance and is in great demand to sing during holiday periods at cathedrals throughout the country. In recent years visits have included singing Evensong at Guildford Cathedral, Christ Church Oxford, Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals, St. George’s Chapel Windsor and Westminster Abbey.
How to contact the Choir
To find out more about the choir, perhaps to sing at your wedding or to join as a chorister, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org