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12th September 2015
This year's choir medallists

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13th April 2015
Former chorister returns for concert with her brilliant new choir! Sat 23rd May 2015

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31st October 2014
An English Autumn Concert : 21st November 2014

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3rd September 2014
A New Year and a New Music Department

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5th May 2014
David Arcus begins as Interim Director of Music!

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11th April 2014
New Music Staff

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31st March 2014
Clare Competition Winner

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17th February 2014
Mozart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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16th February 2014
Choral Evensong in Cambridge

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7th February 2014
Rage and Romance : Part 1 Done!

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2nd February 2014
Be a Chorister at Candlemas!

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1st February 2014
Our New Archdeacon Arrives

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31st January 2014
ASS needs you!!!

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25th January 2014
The Men in Southwell

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5th January 2014
A New Year’s Tour in Vienna

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26th December 2013
Christmas has just Begun!

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19th December 2013
Mandela Memorial Service

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5th December 2013
Our New Boy Bishop

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22nd November 2013
The Dove is Launched!

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22nd November 2013
Composition Competition

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Our New Boy Bishop
5th December 2013
 
 

Selecting Nicholas or Boy Bishops was once a popular tradition throughout Europe—from Italy to Scandinavia and the Hebrides, from Ireland to Hungary. Reaching its height in the 16th century, the practice continued in some places until the 19th, and has now been revived and updated in some cathedrals and parishes, and this was the second year that the ceremony has taken place at All Saints. In England the Boy Bishop was elected on the feast of Saint Nicholas, the patron of children. The real Bishop would, symbolically, step down at the verse “he hath put down the mighty from their seat” during the Magnificat, and the boy would take his seat at the verse “and hath exalted the humble and meek”, representing a complete subversion of normally constituted authority, and a valuable lesson in Christian humility and the recognition of the wisdom of youthful innocence.

At All Saints, the Boy Bishop was chosen based on his ability to read from the Authorised Version of the Bible – something which all our choristers do on a daily basis at All Saints – and on his general leadership skills. We offer our congratulations to the boy chosen this year, Matthew. Although at some cathedrals such as Hereford and Salisbury, the Boy Bishop preaches a sermon that he has himself written, here at All Saints it fell to Bishop Matthew to read the New Testament lesson and to lead the congregation in prayer.

During the Magnificat, chorister Matthew stepped forward to be robed with the Cope, Mitre and Crozier, as he became Bishop Matthew. He then read the Lesson from the New Testament, before taking his rightful place in his throne during the singing of the Nunc Dimittis. To a greatly enlarged congregation, Bishop Matthew then led the recitation of the Creed, the Prayers and the Blessing, and took his rightful place in the Procession at the end of the service.

 

 



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