Details for Sunday

Rehearsal schedule

14.30 Choir warm up Orchestra arrive
14.35 Thou knowest and O Saviour of the World
14.45 Stabat Mater (full choir bits)
15.25 O Sing unto the Lord (soloists arrive)
15.55 Rejoice in the Lord
16.10 Tea break (Choir depart)
16.30 Stabat mater with soloists
16.50 Nulla in mundo pax with strings and Penelope
17.05 Brandenburg concerto No3
17.30 Rehearsal ends

19:30 concert starts

Things to note

  • Rehearsal and concert is in All Saints’ Church, Sutton Courtenay OX14 4AE
  • Orchestral dress code is lounge suits for men and standard concert black for women
  • Soloist’s dress code is black tie for men and for women, long colourful
  • Choir dress code: for men, black tie; for women, white tops and black skirts or trousers.
  • Refreshment and light dinner after rehearsal for orchestra and soloists at 12 The Nursery
  • Contact is Tony Furze, 12 The Nursery, Sutton Courtenay, OX14 4UA
    Telephone 01235 847603: cell phone 07855 474589: email:

Presentation to Pamela

We made a presentation to Pamela who recently decided that it was the right time to leave the choir of which she was a founder member. David, our current chairman, paid tribute to Pamela who had been chair previously and her enormous contributions to the choir. A letter from April Cantelo (who had previously acted as voice coach to the choir) described her as a wonderful lady. Another letter from Margaret, one of the Friends of the choir and a former member, also reminded us of what Pamela had done for us. She had led us through good times and bad.

The money collected was sufficient to be able to arrange a day out to include a Garsington Opera with dinner and champagne showing the esteem in which she is held.

Saturday April 22nd: “Vamp til Ready”

We are organising another great entertaining and fund-raising event. It will take place at Drayton Village Hall on Saturday April 22nd at 7.15pm for 7.45pm. Another evening not to be missed!

Vamp til Ready is a tremendously funny and mightily accomplished song-and-dance act that had many of us in stitches earlier this year. Our own Martin Elliff is one of its stars.

It is vital that our fund-raising social events are well supported. Please help us in our efforts to provide high quality concerts. We are a small village choir that ‘punches well above its weight’ in the quality of our concerts because we engage professional musicians and singers: this costs, as we’re sure you appreciate.

Tickets are £15 per person for the entertainment and a full meal. We are aiming to sell these places by tables of 10. Some of you, we know, can guarantee a table. If not, please contact Christiane and she’ll be able to place you on a table with your friends.

Please help by doing your bit to promote the event to as many people as possible.   We need over 100 people to make it a rip-roaring success and balance the books for this year… and have a memorable evening.

Appointment of new orchestral Leader

Elizabeth Nurse

Elizabeth Nurse is an accomplished and versatile violinist, experienced in leading chamber groups and orchestras as well as playing as a soloist. She studies with Paul Barritt. Elizabeth is the leader the Oxford University Orchestra and in November 2015 was awarded an Orchestral Apprenticeship with the professional Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. In September 2016, she was appointed Konzertmeister for the critically acclaimed Szene12 production of ‘La Bohème’ in Dresden. Elizabeth is a second year Music undergraduate and Choral Scholar at The Queen’s College, Oxford.

Sebastian Thomson

sebastian_thomsonSebastian was a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (alongside Gulliver Ralston, one of our previous Directors of Music) before moving to HarrowSchool with the top music scholarship. He was then awarded the Bristol University Organ Scholarship. After this, he moved to Chichester Cathedral as Organ Scholar. In 2005, Sebastian was appointed Director of Music at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, a post held alongside teaching piano, organ, and theory at Eton College.

Sebastian is an accomplished choral director and teacher with a growing reputation. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a prize-winner in the Choral Training Diploma examination from the College. He was recently Head of Academic Music and Assistant Director of Music at Bloxham School.

Whilst at Bristol University, Sebastian founded The Howells Voices, a mixed voiced choir inspired by the music of Herbert Howells. The choir recommenced in 2012, and they take occupancy 3 times a year in Britain’s Cathedrals. Recent venues include, Salisbury, Westminster Abbey and York Minster.

Based in Oxford, he is now pursuing a freelance career as a choral conductor and organist. His recent solo engagements include recitals at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, King’s College Cambridge, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Sebastian has also made appearances as a performer and speaker on local and national television and radio.

Sebastian is gaining a reputation for commissioning new works for choir and organ. The Angels of Creation Commissions are a collection of organ works composed for and premiered by Sebastian. A recording made on the organ of Keble College, Oxford is out later this year and a recital at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris is booked for the summer of 2017.


Fundraising event on 27 August

The entertainment provided by Professor Angela Gallop and former All Saints Singers Music Director, Dr Gulliver Ralston, was spectacular – the evening was attended by some 40 guests who enjoyed the most interesting insight into what a forensic scientist has to deal with, most of it rather unsavoury, and the hilarious songs (mostly by Noel Coward) and poetry, performed by Gulliver  – with great conviction!

The host, Chairman David Russell, ably assisted by Orchestral Manager, Tony Furze, impressed everyone – by turning around the terrible daytime weather at the very last minute – to enable guests to spend a very enjoyable time eating and drinking in the magnificent grounds of his home.

I believe that the aim of raising much needed funds for the choir should have been achieved, and a big thank you to the organizers is in order.