photo © David Lowndes, 2018
Our children were celebrating after winning the Elizabeth Henderson Memorial Trophy on Saturday, 17th March at the final day of the Peterborough Music Festival. Suzanne Over conducted the choir, which was accompanied by Fergus Black at the piano. The adjudicator commended the children for their well-controlled a cappella singing in the spiritual Were You There, and she enjoyed the contrast between the confident solo opening and the the well-sung full chorus of Ave Maria, in the setting by Simon Lindley. “A well-prepared and confident choir”, she said.
The children’s choir was back in action again on the Sunday morning, singing for the one of the services on Passion Sunday, with an anthem by Malcolm Archer, and they can be heard again on Good Friday at 11am, and again on Easter Day at 9:00am.
The choir is for 7-12 year olds. There are currently 14 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 30th March or 6th April) 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. Children who may be interested in joining the choir should come along to a choir practice on a Friday at 6pm in the church. See here.
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.