January 2021 Update

The start of another difficult year and the choir are still unable to meet and practise together, nor are we able to even plan concerts. Vaccination may allow us to meet physically in the Autumn, but that is not guaranteed – until then we have Zoom!

The choir are now enjoying another term of singing using Zoom, skilfully guided by our musical director, Sebastian Thomson. We are singing Haydn’s ‘Te Deum’ and Mendelssohn’s ‘Verleih uns Frieden’ – two beautiful pieces. Although we cannot hear each other sing there is nevertheless pleasure in singing together and learning new pieces which will extend our repertoire. We also have the fillip of a social chat for a few minutes before practice begins when we can share some light-hearted conversation.

We had three sessions of Carol Singing via Zoom in December which helped foster a festive mood prior to a very different Christmas from usual.

The other social interaction we have enjoyed as a choir has been our excellent Quiz evenings via Zoom. We had one in November and another, a Christmas Quiz, on 18th December. Our quizmaster, Neil Weston, was on fine form, and both evenings went well. We hope that future quizzes will be on the agenda.

Spring Term 2021

Following the success of the Zoom sessions we ran during the autumn term the choir is running 10 Zoom sessions for choir members at the cost of £32 from 15th January. The pieces we plan to sing are:

  • Haydn’s Te Deum in C Major
  • Mendelssohn’s Verleih uns Frieden 

Please contact  for information.

Christmas Carol Singing – All Welcome

We are having three Christmas Zoom singing sessions for the three weeks from 27th November at the cost of £10. These are open to anyone who would like to join us. They run from 7:15 to 8:30 pm on a Friday evening. We will be concentrating on Christmas carols from Carols for Choirs Vols. 1 and 2, so the songs will be familiar. Have no fear that anyone will criticise your voice – you will be muted and will be singing to yourself at home, but in the jovial company of others on Zoom. Please join us.

Any queries please contact:

Sandra at  or

Kathy at   

October 2020 Update

Unfortunately, the All Saints’ Singers have not been able to meet in person during the Covid crisis, but, not to be outdone, a stalwart group have been singing with our music director, Sebastian Thomson, using Zoom.

We have enjoyed getting to grips with Brahms’ ‘How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place’, Vivaldi’s Credo RV 591 and Mendelssohn’s Te Deum and look forward to tackling more beautiful choral works next term.

In addition, we are having three sessions singing Christmas carols and anthems in the run-up to Christmas.

Singing on Zoom has a few drawbacks, the main one being the inability to hear the sound of our voices together as a choir. Because of differences in timing between different internet systems using Zoom it is impossible to sing together. We therefore sit in the comfort of our own home and sing to ourselves. We hear the piano and are ably guided by Sebastian, and we accompany recordings of the pieces, but our voices are muted. Advantages include the fact that mistakes go unnoticed and, of course, refreshments can include wine or a sneaky gin and tonic, which helps enormously. More than that, we have the pleasure of a few minutes’ social interaction prior to the singing and that is helping raise our spirits and ensuring a sense of community.

Nothing will replace the joy of singing together as a choir, but it will be many months before we will be able to do that safely, and for some of us our Zoom sessions are the next best thing.

As soon as we are able to meet we will be working towards concerts. We will keep you posted.

Current Choir Activity

The impact of Covid on choirs has been significant because singing is deemed to carry a substantial risk of droplet and aerosol dispersal, and thus the spread of Covid19. Even in Glyndebourne the singers have to be nine foot apart! Therefore, unfortunately, we are unable to plan any concerts for the immediate future. But please be assured that although we are unable to meet physically we are trying to keep ourselves in voice by holding virtual choir meetings in the form of Zoom sessions with our choirmaster, Sebastian Thomson. So far we have had two sessions and plan ten more over the autumn term. We have chosen two delightful pieces, Brahms’ ‘How lovely is thy dwelling place’ and Vivaldi’s Credo R.V. 591, to add to our repertoire.

As soon as the Covid pandemic allows us we will start planning our next concert. We will keep all those subscribing to our newsletter up to date with future plans.

On line quiz run by Neil on the 3rd July 2020

There was a good attendance for the quiz run over Zoom and everybody seemed to enjoy it. Results are shown below:

Sandra and Ralph timed their Joker well and played it on the last round to achieve a clear win. This round was entitled English Literature and required knowledge of Wind in the Willows, of the Owl and the Pussycat, and of Christopher Robin. Other rounds assumed knowledge of motorbike and formula 1 racing and of flags. Unfortunately there were no questions on physics, maths, computing, croquet or bridge and so the chairman, despite making a number of appeals for his score to be adjusted, came last.

Cancellations

It is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel both our forthcoming concert at the end of March and the “Understanding your voice” event with Anna Shackleton.

We plan to reschedule these events once the coronavirus is behind us.

There will be no rehearsals till further notice.

Quiz and Curry Night 2020

On Saturday 29th February 2020 we will be holding a Quiz and Curry Night at the Manor Prep School, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, OX13 6LN.

We are again fortunate to have Steve Vaughan as our quiz master. This time the catering is being carried out by a local restaurant.

There will be a cash bar and a raffle.

Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

Tickets are £15 from:

Please bring your friends along to what should be a fun evening.