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All Saints Church, Northampton
FRIDAY 18th November 2011 at 7:00pm


Featuring :The Boys and Men of All Saints.




On Friday 18th November the Choir of Boys and Men give their termly concert, this time featuring a programme of choral classics associated with British Cathedral Music. This concert, unlike the earlier concert which have given exposure to the choral and chamber music of individual composers – most recently Gabriel Fauré and Franz Schubert, will include the most popular choral music that is usually heard in the context of our choral services.


Amongst the most popular works in the programme are two works commonly heard at National church services – Parry’s I was glad (recently heard at the Wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and Handel’s Coronation Anthem, Zadok the Priest. Wesley’s Blessed be the God and Father is the staple anthem on Easter Day, and a piece that the choristers look forward to eagerly each year. It includes the spellbinding duet between solo treble and treble chorus – Love on another – and concludes with a rousing fugal chorus. The programme also includes Mozart’s Ave verum Corpus, a work which encompasses a universe of feeling in just forty-six magical bars, and Brahms’ How lovely are thy dwellings, from his intensely personal Ein Deutsches Requiem.

Two organ works take their rightful place in the programme (marked with an *asterisk) – Purcell’s famous Chacony, written around 1680 for

 four strings and continuo, takes on a new life in the organ transcription by Cyril Simkins, which takes the listener from the very quietest stop on the organ, right up to the majestic full organ sound of both grand organs. Bach’s Jesu, joy of man’s desiring gained the status of “English classic” through its popular English text, written by the poet laureate, Robert Bridges, and its transcription for piano by Myra Hess. Here we hear the organ transcription so often heard in Weddings up and down the land.


The major work on the programme is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs includes the famous setting of “Let all the world in every corner sing” and uses the chant for the Feast of Corpus Christi, O sacrum convivium, in the spellbinding and masterful conclusion of ‘Love bade me welcome’.

Tickets cost £10 with £7 concessions (UB40, Student Card, Pensioners, which proof must be provided at the door) and are available for purchase by credit or debit card on the website above. £5 tickets are available to members of the Friends of All Saints’

Music; these can only be purchased directly from the Music Department, or on the door. Limited tickets will be available on the night from “doors open” at 6:30pm. The Church is wheelchair-accessible and has a suite of modern lavatories. For more information please contact the Music Department on 01604 623845 or e-mail


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