Music

THE CHURCH CHOIR

All Saints’ Church maintains a four-part, robed choir which sings every Sunday, including a motet (usually unaccompanied) during Communion, as well as at occasional Choral Evensongs and other evening services. They have their own page on our website here.

ALL SAINTS’ FESTIVAL CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA

All Saints’ Festival Choir was founded in 1992. Concerts have included performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor, Magnificat, Ascension Oratorio & St John Passion, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Bruckner’s Mass in E minor, Handel’s Messiah, & Judas Maccabaeus, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Kingdom, Music Makers and Coronation Ode, Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas, the Brahms Requiem (in English and in German), the Mozart Requiem, the Fauré Requiem,  Haydn’s Creation, Therese Mass, & Nelson Mass,  Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria; Poulenc’s Gloria, John Rutter’s Gloria and Magnificat, the Rachmaninov Vespers, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Schubert’s Stabat Mater and Mass in E flat, Stanford’s Stabat Mater, and complete Service in C, and works by Bach, Finzi, Handel, Mozart, Pergolesi, and Vaughan Williams.

All Saints’ Festival Choir, for which there are no auditions, and to which all are welcome who are prepared to attend rehearsals, consists of some sixty singers (almost half of whom come from the congregation of All Saints’) from all over Kent. More details can be found on the choir’s website: www.allsaintsfestivalchoir.co.uk.

All Saints’ Festival Orchestra consists of students, instrumental teachers, and professional musicians. The players gather on the day of the concerts to rehearse and perform.

ORPINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

All Saints’ is the home of  Orpington Symphony Orchestra which gives three concerts in the church each year.  Further details of the orchestra may be found on the orchestra’s web site: www.orpingtonsymphonyorchestra.co.uk

MISCELLANEOUS CONCERTS AND RECITALS

There are regular recitals at All Saints’,  in particular the Second Sundays series on some Sunday evenings at 7:45.  Unless these are organ recitals, the performances take place in the Old Church with the musicians performing near the Font, and the audience seated on chairs in a semi circle.  The recitals last about an hour, and are followed by drinks and an opportunity to speak to the performers.  Admission to the recitals is free.

The outstanding acoustics of the church make it a popular concert venue for various choirs and ensembles, and the building is often used for recordings.

Information about the church organs can be read here.