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.