All Saints is proud to have an excellent choir and music group, which play a central role in our worship and church life.
Our formal Eucharist service, on the first and third Sundays of each month, is sung by our (robed) full SATB choir, under the direction of Ian Carter (LLCM), organist and choirmaster. The service includes the sung service setting, hymns and usually an anthem during or after communion. Our (recently renovated) organ was originally built in 1926 by Hill, Norman & Beard, with 3 manuals and 44 speaking stops and makes a very impressive sound!
On the second and fourth Sundays of each month, members of the choir play and sing in an informal music group to accompany our family communion services. Several members of the choir are either professional or gigging musicians locally and we enjoy the opportunity to sing / play across the classical church choral tradition and modern worship songs.
The choir also sings for occasional Evensong services, and performs at events within the community such as the annual ‘Christmas Crackers’ event at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre and the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals’ Christmas Carol Service. Our annual ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ Christmas service is a highlight of the year. We also enjoy socialising together, with regular get-togethers and trips.
The choir is non-auditioning and we welcome anyone who’s interested in joining us. Rehearsals are on Friday evenings and before the service on Sunday mornings. Please come along and meet us!