Music & Choir
Music at All Saints
All Saints is widely known for the high quality of its music. We have a large and enthusiastic robed choir which sings every Sunday morning for the Sung Eucharist, and are particularly proud of our fine organ – a 3-manual 1905 Hill.
The church is regularly used for concerts and we are delighted to host a weekly lunchtime recital programme from June to September, which features renowned and varied performers.
The All Saints choir is one of the finest ensembles of its kind in the south of England. Entirely voluntary, it consists of around 30 boy, girl and adult singers. The choir draws from a large and varied repertoire and sings at the Sung Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10.00am. Choir practice is on Friday evenings.
Andrew Wilson was born and brought up in Folkestone before reading music at the University of Sheffield and taking up the organ scholarship at Sheffield Cathedral. He was taught organ by David Flood, Harry Bramma and Graham Matthews.
After graduating Andrew spent a period as organist in the Norwegian Lutheran Church in Southern Norway, before returning to Sheffield to read law. He qualified as a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn and subsequently as a solicitor. In addition to a legal career, Andrew was Director of Music at Doncaster Minster where he was responsible for one of only two remaining choirs of boys and men in the Diocese, singly a weekly programme of fully choral evensong, mattins and sung eucharist. He also took the choir on several tours and directed regular liturgical performances of Haydn and Mozart masses with orchestra.
As concert organist, Andrew finds the time to give a number of recitals and recent performances have included Liverpool Cathedral where he played music by Liszt, Guilmant and Barié. He has also played at St Sulpice Paris, London, Berlin and Norway and has appeared as soloist in the Saint-Saens “Organ” Symphony, and in numerous accounts of the Handel Organ Concerti.
Andrew is also interested in organ construction and after a year playing a new Swedish neo-classical organ in Norway, on returning to England was responsible for the installation of an organ in the style of “Father Smith” by Goetze and Gwynn at St Matthew’s Sheffield. He was subsequently custodian of the famous 5 manual 1862 Schulze Organ of Doncaster Minster. At All Saints Hove he plays the equally famous and uniquely untouched III/48 instrument of 1905 by the famous organ builder, William Hill.
In addition to working as legal adviser at the University of Brighton, Andrew took up his present post of Director of Music at All Saints at the end of 2012 and leads an inclusive music programme with choirs of boys, girls and mixed voices with choristers drawn from both private and public sector schools in the Brighton and Hove area.
DO YOU ENJOY SINGING?
All Saints is always keen to recruit new singers, particularly tenors and basses. Why not come along on a Sunday morning to have a listen and meet the choir?
If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact the Director of Music, Andrew Wilson via the Parish Office (01273 733331 or by email)