Records dating back to 1388 show that there were four daily services at All Hallows’ Church in Northampton,
of which two were sung by a choir of Boys and Men. All Saints’ Church, the fine building that now stands
on the site of All Hallows’ (destroyed in the Fire of Northampton in 1675) is proud to continue that tradition.
Made up of three separate choruses (boy choristers, girl choristers, and adult/teenage choral scholars) the choirs,
in varying combinations, sing at least five fully choral services each week.
The Girls sing Choral Evensong on Mondays and Thursdays at 6pm, and the Boys do likewise on Wednesdays.
At 7:30pm on Friday our teenage and adult Choral Scholars sing a service of Compline.
Together with the Choral Scholars, either the Boys or the Girls sing at Choral Eucharist at 10:30 each Sunday,
performing a different choral mass setting and anthem every week.
As the choir of Northampton’s Civic Church, they also play a central role in many of the town’s most important occasions,
including Remembrance Sunday, the High Sherriff’s service, and Mayor’s Charity Service each year.
Remembrance Sunday 2018
The choir also maintain a busy schedule outside of All Saints’, regularly appearing in other locations around the town,
including performances in the Derngate and on the Market Square.
They also regularly travel around the country. In the past two years, the choirs have sung in the Cathedrals of Gloucester,
Peterborough, Ely, Lichfield, and Leicester, as well as Jesus College Cambridge, Wadham College Oxford,
and the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.
The Choristers before singing at Lichfield Cathedral
The choir also maintains a busy profile abroad.
In 2019 the choir went on tour to Poitiers, France, to mark the 40th anniversary of their town twinning.
2017 saw the choir on tour in Malta for 5 days.
In summer 2020, the choir will be undertaking a 5-day concert tour in Zaragoza, Spain.
Further back, previous tour locations have included Denmark, Poland, Austria, and the USA.
The Choristers at Poitiers, France in 2019
Many alumni of the children’s choir have gone on to pursue musical careers, including Lay-Clerkships at Peterborough,
Ely, and St Alban’s Cathedrals. Past Directors of Music now ply their trade in Carlisle Cathedrals, Rugby School,
and St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Recently, Richard Pinel, a former chorister and organ scholar, was made the
Director of Music of Jesus College, Cambridge. In October 2017, Head-boy chorister, Chris Trotter, was selected
as one of four finalists for BBC Radio 2’s Young Chorister of the Year competition.
Admittance to the choir is open to talented youngsters regardless of financial, religious, or musical background.
To find out more about applying to join the choir, click here
Be A Chorister Day 2017