Records dating back to
1388 show that there were four daily services at All Hallows
Church in Northampton, of which two were sung by the choir of
Boys and Men. All Saints’ Church, the fine classical building
that now stands on the site of All Hallows (destroyed in the
Fire of Northampton in 1675) is proud to continue that
Made up of three separate choruses (boy choristers,
girl choristers, and adult/teenage choral scholars) the choirs,
in varying combinations, sing at least three fully choral services each week.
The boys perform choral evensong on Wednesday evening at 6pm, and the girls do likewise on Thursdays.
Together with the men of the choir, 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.
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. 2016-17 saw the choirs perform in six different
cathedrals as well as the Chapel Royal in Hampton Court Palace.
2017 also saw the choir undertake a 4,000 mile round trip to Malta for a concert Tour.
Over the course of five days, the choir performed in all the Island’s major churches,
and also travelled across the sea to perform a concert to a packed house in St George’s Basilica, Gozo.
Past tour locations have included France, Italy, Austria, and the USA.
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. Earlier this year, Richard Pinel,
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