The Choir at All Saints Church, Clifton, Bedfordshire

affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM)

The Choir at All Saints Church is open to boys and girls from the age of seven years and adult singers and enjoys singing a wide variety of music from the simplest worship songs and chants to service settings and anthems. The Full Choir sings at the10.30am service every Sunday morning and for weddings and other special services throughout the year. The Senior Choir also sings Evensong each week at  6.30pm and provides an informal singing group for alternative forms of worship.

The choir also sings at other events, such as the occasional "Community Big Sing" evenings. In 2013, this included songs from "The Mikado", "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music"

New choir members of all ages are always welcome and are invited to come along for three or four weeks before making a full commitment. If you are interested in joining, please email the Organist and Choirmaster or speak to a choir member after a service.

Clifton Choir: February 2014
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Junior Choir (boys and girls aged 7 to 13 years)
The Junior Choir  practices in church on Thursday evenings. The only requirements for membership are that children should be reasonably fluent readers, be able to concentrate in rehearsals and services and, most importantly, have an enthusiasm for singing. Previous experience and an ability to read music are NOT important.

Junior members receive free training through the RSCM 'Voice for Life' scheme which develops their vocal skills, their musical understanding and their knowledge of the Christian faith. Medals and certificates are awarded to recognise individual progress through the different levels of the scheme.

Senior Choir (young people aged 13+ years and adults)
The Senior Choir is a four part harmony choir with soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices.  Practices are in church on Thursday evenings beginning at 7.30pm. For new members, some previous singing experience and music reading ability is preferred but is not necessarily essential; enthusiasm and a willingness to learn are still important.

For further information, please email.

Choir News 2015
June 2015
Maxwell Brown joined the choir in April. Having shown great commitment to practices and Sunday services last half-term, Max is fitted out with his cassock and ruff which he wears for the first time at a wedding service.He has already performed the solo sections of "The Lord's my shepherd (Vicar of Dibley)" with Josh and Alex.

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April 2015 Susan, our Organist and Choir Master, announces that she will be leaving Clifton at the end of July to become Director of Music at her home parish church - St Mary the Virgin, Maulden
March 2015

Many of the choir take part in the Deanery Evensong service at St James, Silsoe joining with singers from seven other local churches to form a choir of nearly 70 voices once again directed by our organist, Susan. The anthem chosen is "O for a closer walk with God", words by William Cowper and music by Charles Villiers Stanford.

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Congratulations to junior chorister, Alex Shabolt, who is successful in recent auditions for a part in the Easter musical, “Charlotte’s Web”, at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage. Alex will be on stage as Wilbur the pig, a gosling and a farm boy.

The show runs from 15th to19th April.

January 2015

Violet Chapman, a much-loved worshipper at Clifton church for many years before moving to be closer to family members, displayed a quiet witness of faith in every aspect of her life. She is particularly remembered for her exquisite floral arrangements and delicious cakes.

As Violet always showed great interest in music and the choir, the choir is pleased to take part in her funeral service singing the following hymns as the congregation gathered: 
O strength and stay upholding all creation
In heavenly love abiding
O love that wilt not let me go

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Josh Shadbolt, one of our junior choristers, continues to perform regularly as Graham O'Grady in the stage show, "Made in Dagenham The Musical" at the Adelphi Theatre in London. The show's run ends in April and Josh's last performance will be on Wednesday 8th April

Click here to see Josh's cast listing on the show's website.

Choir News Archive

For news from previous years, please click here:  2014       2013