Music plays a strong role in the weekly worship at All Saints' and the choir sing weekly at The Parish Mass on Sunday mornings, 10:30am. Evensong is sung once a month on the third Sunday at 5:30pm. The choir also sing for the majority of high feast days, and provide a musical backdrop to the weekend of liturgy from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday.
The Parish choir is voluntary, and its members give their time freely to a mid-week rehearsal on a Thursday evening, and services on Sunday morning. Music and hymns are picked with the liturgy of the day in mind, and is intended to enrich the worship the Church offers. The choir library contains music from all periods of Church Musical history, and we look to offer a range of styles, in keeping with the Liturgy offered at All Saints'. To celebrate the re-dedication of our William Hill organ, the choir commissioned a new set of Canticles for Choral Evensong by Jonathan Rathbone, performed for the first time on All Saints' Day 2015 and set for a further performance as part of The Contemporary Music Festival on May 15th.
The choir are available to sing for weddings, please contact the Director of Music and Organist for more details.
We welcome anyone who wishes to sing with us, asking only for an ability to read music, a good sense of pitch, and the desire to commit to the majority of our services. Please contact the Director of Music for further information.
As a boy, William Gormley was a treble chorister at All Saints' under tutorship of then Director of Music Michael Nicholas, and as a teenager studied music at The Blackheath Conservatoire. He grew up with the Church Choir until completion of his A-levels, after which he left to study recorder under Sophie Middleditch at The University of Chichester, where he was also tutored by the Director of Choral Studies Arthur Robson. Whilst William is not an organist, his vast choral expertise is drawn from association with many different choirs across the UK, and his knowledge of repertoire and performance technique are key tools used in his musical teaching today. His appointment as Director of Music in the summer of 2014 marked a true home-coming for a musician who grew up within the community at Blackheath, and has allowed him to continue his own musical development, whilst returning his own teachings and understandings to a choir which itself taught him so much. William's own Preces and Responses, finished in the Spring of 2015 also featured alongside the Rathbone canticles first performed on All Saints' Day 2015.
Robert Costin was a boy chorister at Peterbrough Cathedral under Christopher Gower, before completing his ARCO Diploma at the age of just seventeen. His first musical appointment was as Organ Scholar at St. Matthew's Church in Northampton, before he spent a year at The Royal Academy of Music prior to receiving an Organ Scholarship at Pembroke College, Cambridge. His career in Cathedral music post graduation has seen him work in Wellington, New Zealand and (closer to home) Blackburn in The UK. He has more recently turned towards teaching, holding posts in Worksop College, Bedford School, Ardingly College, Highgate School and St Paul's Cathedral School. He was appointed Organist at All Saints' in January 2016, and launches a new recital programme to celebrate our Hill Organ on April 10th.