The Parish Choir of All Saints Church, Fulham, sings for theEucharist and Choral Evensong 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.
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
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.
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.
The normal weekly commitments are as follows:
Wednesday: Rehearsal 8–9.30pm
Sunday: Rehearsal 9.45–10.20am
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.