All Saints' and St. Nicholas' Churches
Church of England
Poplar, Tower Hamlets, London E14
Music at All Saints' Church, Poplar
Music, choir and organ at All Saints
We know that music has played a very important part of worship back to biblical times and this is no less true today at All Saints’ where music features strongly in the regular cycle of worship as well as at weddings and funerals.
At All Saints our worship is enriched by the choir whose role is to give a positive lead to the congregational singing of hymns, psalms and musical settings of the mass in our principal services week by week. Additionally, the choir usually sings an anthem or motet during the Communion where the choir’s repertoire spans the centuries ranging from plainsong, the music of the church from its earliest days, through to the most recent writings of modern church composers.
Brian Hagger at the Organ
From time to time the choir joins forces with other choirs; examples in the past year are a performance of Stainer’s oratorio "The Crucifixion" at All Saints’ and Evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral in the absence of the resident choir on two occasions. The choir comprises men, women, and juniors of all ages all of who commit themselves insofar as is reasonably possible by attending the 8pm Friday rehearsal in the choir vestry, the 10am Sunday Morning Parish Mass and evening services on the main Holy Days during the year.
The above collage shows the choir in September 2013, whilst the photograph below show the choir a couple of years ago.
New recruits are always warmly welcomed, the only criteria being the love of singing and a commitment to attend practices and services regularly. Whilst the ability to read music is helpful it is not essential. Further details are available from Brian Hagger the Organist and Choirmaster (tel 01708 443418), or any member of the choir.