We recently received a contact from someone called Pamela, keen to come and sing Evensong. Despite several attempts to contact Pamela via email I seem to have been unsuccessful!
Pamela, we'd love to have you join us - we meet Sundays at 5.30pm in church (access via the Walmesley Chapel door which is on the North side of church under the tower). Please come along I'm sure you would enjoy the sing and we are a very friendly bunch!
On the subject of help - put your thinking hats on: we recently learned a piece by Wigan boy and former chorister Sir Ernest Bullock: 'Wherefore, O Father'. A breathtakingly, bite-the-back-of-your-hand beautiful piece for 4voices (SATB). We stumbled on it serendipitously and have introduced it into the repertoire.
Can anyone tell me when or for who or what it may have been written?
Welcome to Wigan Parish Church Choir
All Saints, Wigan, has had a choir for many hundreds of years, and has a traditional Anglican choral tradition at the heart of it's worship.
The choir sings Parish Communion and Evensong every week and also additional services on feast days. We maintain a SATB choir of women and men and are always happy to hear from anyone that is keen to join a choir and contribute to our musical ministry. See the 'Contacts' page and get in touch.
On our site you will find a history of the choir, downloadable scores of music prepared for the choir, along with the midi files of each piece. On the 'Organs' page you will find a detailed history of the organs and organists, including Sir Edward Bairstow, who was organist here for six years, during which time he composed 'Blessed be Thou, Lord God of Israel' for our choir and the re-dedication of the organ in 1902.
Above shows the choir with Leeds and York Minster choirs at the Minster with Dr Francis Jackson. Linking the choirs and Dr Jackson is Sir Edward Bairstow, former Organist at Wigan, Leeds and then York Minster, and teacher to Dr Jackson. Thank you to all who supported the summer organ recital series, they were a tremendous success and enjoyed by both performers and audience alike!
An opportunity to come and sing Evensong and keep the Anglican Choral Tradition alive! We recognise that choral singing is less popular than in years gone by, and that there are many singers who do not have the opportunity to sing Evensong in their own church as many churches have only a Sunday morning service. However, the BCP 1662 Evensong is unrivalled in it's liturgy and music written especially for it. So why not come along and and join experienced singers where the music is directed, without the need to 'leave' your own choir!
There is no obligation to join the choir or turn up every week, just sing as little or as often as you are able.
The choir meets at 5.30pm every Sunday to practice for Evensong and the following Sunday Eucharist. We currently enjoy a choir made up of:
1 Assistant Organist (who also sings Bass when required)
1 Director of Music (who also sings Bass or Alto when required)