All Saints is especially lucky to have David Burgess as its Director of Music and Organist. David is a consummate musician and rules the choir with a rod of good humour and patience. Members of the choir are a friendly bunch and come in all shapes and sizes but all have a great love of sacred music. The robed choir leads the musical worship of the church at the 10.00am Communion Service and sings Choral Evensong on the 1st Sunday of each month, except for the month of August when its members are on holiday. The choir also sings at weddings, funerals and some special services. The music varies greatly from Anglican Chant, which was developed at the time of the English Reformation, to more contemporary works. The choir, as part of All Saints’ Chamber Choir, presents a concert of sacred music each Good Friday, and sings Fauré’s Requiem within a Book of Common Prayer Communion Service on Remembrance Sunday.
The choir also engages with the wider community, for example, singing carols around the Christmas tree in Botley Square and playing a full role in Botley Music Festivals. The choir often presents concerts of a more secular nature and has performed in several Last Night of the Proms concerts, the most recent raising money for the Countess Mountbatten Hospice.
Choir practice takes place on Fridays at 6.30pm in the Maffey Room.