Music is a strong feature of worship at All Saints’ Church. We are fortunate to have a very talented organist, Jim Kirkham, who plays at our Services. In addition to the organ, we also have a keyboard which is used regularly, usually for modern hymns. We sing at all our services and the choir supports the congregation at both communion services during the month. The hymns are chosen by the Worship Committee and while in the main it is traditional but we do sing more modern and upbeat hymns too.
We have choral Evensong twice a year which has been led for several years by Reverend Peter Smalls who is a retired minister and who sings regularly in the choir.
The choir is a mixed group of adults who meets most Thursday mornings in church, apart from the winter months when it is too cold to sing there. We then meet in a local house until the spring brings warmer weather. We have the leadership of a professional music teacher, Janet Kenyon, who teaches and supports us in our singing. Janet writes music for the choir as does Jim. The music at Evensong is generally written specifically for our choir by Janet and she has rewritten published music for our voices. We are lucky to be able to sing music in four part harmony.
We sing anthems at Easter, Harvest and Christmas services and occasionally at other special services. We also join other churches in the benefice to form a joint choir at Benefice services. These are occasions we all enjoy.