The Choir and All Saints’ music group combined in May 2017 and are known as the All Saints’ Singers. If you’d like to join them, please speak to Ruth Seedell at a 10:30 service
On Saturday 8th October 2016 members of our Church Choir attended the Annual Choirs’ Festival of the Oxford Diocese, which includes choirs within Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
The Festival was held this year in Dorchester Abbey. The Conductor should have been Paul Hale, Organist of Southwell Minster, but due to illness, Peter Smith of the Oxford RSCM. took his place at short notice. The Organist was Peter Holder, Sub-Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The choir had previously attended a district rehearsal at Didcot, and the rehearsal in the afternoon of the Festival lasted just over two hours, with a short break for tea, followed by the Evensong. The music was enjoyable, especially singing in harmony with 200 other voices.
The Preacher was the Rev. Canon Adrian Daffern, Team Rector of Blenheim, who introduced his sermon by thanking us for the noise we had made with our singing, but told us there was also time to be silent!
He referred to the three B’s, Bach, Beethoven and Bairstow (whose music for the Anthem we had just sung), all of whom within their music had pauses for silence. He also quoted hymn lines depicting silence ‘Be still and know . . ‘, ‘Speak through the earthquake wind and fire, O still small voice . . .‘, and from one of the Lessons, 1Kings 19;12 ‘but the Lord was not in the fire, and after the fire came a gentle whisper’.
The Preacher also told us that when Sir David Willcocks was having his audition with Edward Bairstow to be a chorister in the Westminster Abbey choir, Bairstow told him to remember that God is always in our music.
Our choir thoroughly enjoyed singing the Evensong, particularly traditional Anglican responses, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, and Bairstow’s ‘Blessed City, Heavenly Salem’.
The last hymn was a thoroughly traditional ‘Ancient & Modern’ one – ‘Ye watchers and ye holy ones’ with its ‘Bright seraphs, cherubim and thrones . . . Alleluya’ and ‘Ye patriarchs and prophets blest, Alleluya, Alleluya’.
New Processional Cross
A new Processional Cross was dedicated in All Saints’ Church on Sunday 26th July 2015. The existing Cross, which had been used for many years, and been repaired time and again was beyond further repair.
A new Cross was commissioned and was made by local craftsman/woodturner Mike Bradley and his son Adam of Regal Way in Faringdon.
The pole is of English oak and the cross of brushed aluminium, and was given by Mr & Mrs Gerald Bohm, in memory of the late Alice Hignett a former Churchwarden of All Saints’. The design of the new Cross is in keeping with the portable Baptismal Font and Baptismal Candle, both of which are made of the same wood and metal.
All Saints’ congregation and Choir are delighted with the new Processional Cross, and very much appreciate this kind and generous donation.