photo © Pip Warters, 2016
Choristers from All Saints’ Church in Stamford are celebrating this week having been awarded the Elizabeth Henderson Memorial Trophy on Saturday, 19th March at the final day of the Peterborough Music Festival. Adjudicator Tam Neal, commended both their appearance in their smart blue cassocks and their musical skills. His comments on the Tchaikovsky song they performed included “Lovely sustained phrasing. Spot on note and word starts and endings and lovely intonation as well.” He also expressed his enjoyment of the Spiritual “Were you there?” that is also a favourite of the choristers themselves.
Other choirs singing on the final day were the Stamford Endowed Schools and Key Youth Theatre Glee.
All Saints’ choir was back in action again on the Sunday morning - they sang for the one of the services on Palm Sunday, and they can be heard again on Good Friday at 11am, and again on Easter Day at 9:30am.
The choir is for 7-12 year olds. There are currently 12 members in years 3 to 6 (Key Stage 2). They rehearse at All Saints’ Church on Red Lion Square every Friday from 6.00 - 7.00 (not 25th March) and receive free tuition toward the Voice for Life training Scheme operated by the Royal School for Church Music. There are two or three services or concerts a month and the choir is often requested at weddings at All Saints’ Church. Any children who may be interested in joining the choir should come along to a choral taster at All Saints’ Church on Friday 1st April at 6pm. See here.
photo © Pip Warters, 2016
Our choirs lead the worship at a variety of services: Eucharist, Evensong, Junior Praise, Carol Services and Festival Days. Please explore the other pages listed above for information about the choirs, music lists, services and concerts.
Our Director of Music is Fergus Black. He conducts the choirs and plays the organ at services.
Fergus Black was born in Scotland. After taking his degree at St. Andrews University, he studied music in the USA at the University of Pennsylvania and at UCLA, before returning to the UK. He works as a musician, performing and teaching – piano, organ and singing, both privately and in schools. He is the President of Peterborough Young Singers and the Peterborough and District Organists’ Association, and conducts the choirs, Burghley Voices and St Martin’s Singers. He lives in Peterborough with his wife, Helen.
It is best to contact the Director of Music about the choice of hymns and other music for your wedding. There is also help on the Church of England website where you can also listen to the tunes. Fergus Black has a web site for wedding and funeral music.