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All Saints Parish Choir

Choir

The Parish Choir of All Saints Church, Fulham, sings for the 10.30am Eucharist and 6pm Choral Evensong Sunday services at the church. At these services it performs a wide range of music, both well-known cathedral-style repertoire and more unusual music – from striking South American baroque works to South African choral dances and new commissions by contemporary composers, including, recently, a new Mass setting by Gabriel Jackson and an anthem by Richard Allain. 

You can listen to recordings of our singing on our Soundcloud channel

Who's who

Director of Music: Jonathan Wikeley

Assistant Organists: Matthew Burgess and Emma Howarth

Director of JASS: Sam Poppleton

Organ Scholar: Vladimir Antonov-Charsky

Soprano Choral Scholar: Erin Alexander

Alto Choral Scholar: Eve Doyle

Bass Choral Scholars: Tom McGowan and Elliott Park

The choir is an auditioned amateur ensemble of chamber-choir proportions  that performs an exciting and eclectic range of music to a very high standard. Many members of the choir are young professionals who have enjoyed singing in college and university choirs and who wish to keep singing to a similar standard while working or studying in London. There are four paid choral scholars, one per part, who sing with the choir and also as a quartet
at certain services. At Christmas, Easter and other significant festivals the choir and organ are joined by a consort of professional instrumentalists.

Beyond the regular service schedule, the choir tours regularly to cathedrals in the UK (in recent years Wells, Worcester, Norwich, Truro, St David’s, Canterbury, Winchester, Durham, Ely and Exeter) and abroad (Cologne, Bonn, northern France and southern Ireland). Other highlights include a termly ‘Three Choirs Evensong’ series with other London churches.

The choir has sung live on BBC One for the Christmas Day Eucharist, and live on Radio 4 for the Palm Sunday ‘Sunday Worship’ programme

The director of music is keen to use the choir members’ skills in many ways, and there may be opportunities for them to enhance or develop skills in choral and instrumental arrangement or composition as part of the position, should they wish to. We support an active programme of encouraging young composers and, depending on schedule and suitability, have performed several compositions by members of the choir in recent years. Also, there are occasionally opportunities to use choir members’ instrumental skills in some services.

Joining the choir

The director of music, Jonathan Wikeley, is always keen to hear from interested singers at any time of year. Further information about joining the choir.

Auditions

Singers will be asked to perform a piece they know well (ideally bringing along an extra score for the accompanist), and sightread a few extracts from the choral repertoire. The director of music is always happy to chat informally about any aspects of the choir beforehand.

Application for choral scholarships (849kb) and organ scholarships (849kb)

Rehearsal schedule 

The normal weekly commitments are as follows:

Wednesday: Rehearsal 8–9.30pm

Sunday: Rehearsal 9.45–10.20am

                Eucharist 10.30–11.45am

                Rehearsal 5–5.50pm

                Choral Evensong 6–7.15pm

Within this schedule, there are various breaks. There is one men’s voice and one women’s voice Sunday each term, and on occasions the choral scholars will sing services on their own.

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