Members of the Choir are rehearsing hard as they prepare for one of the busiest times in the Church year.
Last month they helped to lead a very moving Civic Service on Remembrance Sunday, singing a modern anthem by Peter Aston, 'They gave their bodies to the Commonwealth', inspired by the last post.
On Advent Sunday the Choir led a Candlelit Advent Carol Service,
'From darkness to light'. Well over a hundred people joined the
congregation and music included Bach's 'Wachet Auf', Palestrina's Matin Responsory for Advent, The Basque Carol 'The Angel Gabriel from heaven came', and Boris Ord's 'Adam lay y bounden'. It's always one of the most moving of our special services at this time of year.
During Advent the choir will sing a new Mass setting written by Luke Spencer and based on plainsong melodies. It's one that the congregation can easily join in.
The choir will also lead the Bereavement Carol Service on 4th December and the annual Lifeboat Carol Service on the 11th. They are also preparing to get into festive mood when they lead the singing at Norton Village Carols on 14th December.
The highlight for the Choir is the joy of singing at the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass. It's always a packed Church and the music is always so uplifting.
We continue to welcome new choristers and would love to see some more young singers join us. Choir rehearsals are always a mixture of hard work and great fun.
We send our best wishes to Claire McCoubrey who has been unwell recently and wish her a speedy recovery and return to the Choir.
This month marks the first year that Luke and Hywel have been Director of Music and Organist. Under them the Choir continues to go from strength to strength. We thank them for their music ministry and we also thank the congregation for their support.
Sub Organists are Nathan Petherbridge and Angela Morgan
Assistant to the Director of Music Daniel Rogers
All Saints Organ Scholar Joseph Lyden
All Saints Junior Organ Scholar Lucas Lewis-Smith (sponsored by Maureen Donald)
Previous Organ Scholars Nathan Petherbridge, Michelle Davies, Rhian Morgan, Daniel Rogers and Sean Rees
Choral Scholars are Hannah Lyden, (tenor) Dan Rogers, Joe Lyden and Alfie Williams
Ex Choral Scholars (now at University) who occasionally sing with the present scholars: Reuben Nicholas ATCL (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, vocal studies, tenor) Ralph Williams (Royal Holloway University, music, Ralph is a counter tenor),Sean Rees ATCL (University College London, medicine) and Hannah Williams (University of the West of England, English)
Head Chorister: Gracie Williams
Assistant Head Choristers: to be appointed
Holders of the RSCM Gold Medal: Anneliese Pickard Davies and Carrie Thompson
6 current choristers have passed the exam for the RSCM Silver Medal: Dan Rogers, Hannah Williams, Reuben Nicholas, Hannah Lyden, Joe Lyden, and Georgie Ingmire.
7 current choristers currently hold the RSCM Bronze Medal: Alfie Williams, Isobel Ace, Grace Williams, Andrea Davey, Lucas Lewis Smith and Carys Nelson
Supervisory staff for the young choristers include Mrs. Kath Williams & Dan Rogers
Tutors who assist with teaching RSCM medals and Voice for Life scheme include Directors of Music, Dan Rogers and Hannah Williams.
September Music Notes
The adult choir sang the services at Brecon Cathedral on Sunday 7th August [above picture]. They led the Sung Eucharist in the morning and Choral Evensong in the afternoon. Music included Pittoni's "Cantate Dominum" as the anthem during Holy Communion; Stanford's Canticles in C, Haydn's "The heavens are telling" and responses by Luke Spencer in the afternoon. There were lots of positive comments from the Cathedral congregation about the music and a warm welcome from the Dean.
We all enjoyed a hearty Sunday lunch at Pilgrim's Restaurant in the Close and it was so good to be together socially as a choir. We thank Luke and Anne for organising the day, Hywel Evans for playing the organ and the choristers who came along. We hope that it will be the first of many singing away days for the choir.
September will be dominated by the "Mumbles Festival of Music and the Arts" - the new name for "All Saints Alive". The choir will lead two special services; the Choral Eucharist on Sunday 18th and a Festival Choral Evensong on Sunday 25th. They will also take part in the Four Choir Concert on 17th September.
New choristers are always very welcome to join us - just come along to practice on Wednesday evenings [6-7pm for juniors - 630pm to 730pm for adults].
A selection of music recorded at All Saints Church Oystermouth.
Here is some organ music played by Leslie Ryan, simply click on the title to hear the music.
Here are some hymns sung by the All Saints Church Choir with Penny Ryan directing the singing and Leslie Ryan playing the organ
Here is a selection of music played by Daniel Rogers, Organ Scholar 2009-2011 at All Saints Church. Dan was also a choral scholar at All Saints. Recorded 2012
All Saints boy chorister Dominic Caselton sings Mendelssohn's O for the wings of a dove followed by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Pie Jesu from the Requiem Mass, Dominic is 13. Recorded 2015.
All Saints tenor choral scholar Reuben Nicholas sings items with organ accompaniment by Leslie Ryan. Reuben was 16 when recorded these items. Reuben was a Choral Scholar at All Saints
Organ Scholar 2011- 2013 Sean Rees ATCL plays a selection of music. Sean was a choral scholar at All Saints. Recorded 2013.
Junior Organ Scholar 2014- Lucas Lewis-Smith, aged 14, plays some short arrangements of well known melodies (recorded 2014)
Organ Scholar Joseph Lyden 2015- plays some short voluntaries. Joe is a tenor choral scholar. Recorded 2015)
Choral Scholars Reuben Nicholas (tenor) and Georgie Ingmire (soprano) sing a duet version of Panis Angelicus (Franck) recorded 2015
Carrie Thompson who was a member of All Saints Choir and now studying singing at the Royal Academy of Music performs the lovely Pie Jesu from Fauré's Requiem, accompanied by Les Ryan (organ). Carrie achieved the RSCM Gold Medal and the ATCL singing diploma whilst a chorister at All Saints