LIFEM | 8-11 November 2023

Festival Evensong

The Parish Choir of All Saints Church, Fulham
Musical Director: Jonathan Wikeley

Satruday 11th November 2023, 3.00PM

St. Michael & All Angels, Pond Road, Blackheath SE3 9JL

All Saints Church, Fulham
The Parish Choir of All Saints Church, Fulham sings for the 10.30am Eucharist and 6pm Evensong Sunday services at the church, and is regarded as one of the best choirs of its type in the country. At these services it performs a wide range of music, both popular cathedral-style repertoire and more unusual music – from striking South American baroque works to South African choral dances and new commissions by contemporary composers.

In addition to these sung services, the choir also sings on other occasions – from the top of the church tower on Ascension Day, at the dawn Vigil on Easter Sunday, and for numerous carol services and concerts. In recent years they have broadcast live on BBC1 (Christmas Day) and Radio 4. They also tour Britain and abroad, most recently visiting Ely, Bury St Edmunds, Lincoln, Wells, Chichester, Ireland, Canterbury, Winchester, Durham and France among many others. They have hosted workshops with Andrew Nethsingha (Westminster Abbey, St John’s College, Cambridge), Martin Neary (Westminster Abbey, Winchester Cathedral), Stephen Jackson (BBC Symphony Chorus) and David Hill (BBC Singers, St John’s College, Cambridge). Entry is by audition with the director of music; he is always keen to hear from interested singers in all voice parts.

Jonathan Wikeley
Jonathan Wikeley studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Exeter College, Oxford; and was a choral scholar at Truro Cathedral. He is Director of Music at All Saints Church, Fulham, one of London’s foremost church choirs.

Jonathan is advisor and choral editor for Hal Leonard Publishing, where he oversees the publishing of choral music throughout Europe. He works as a freelance journalist, composer and music arranger, including commissions from bodies as diverse as the BBC Singers, the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music and Whitstable Choral Society. He has written for publications in Britain and the USA, and has spoken about early music for BBC Radio 3. In former years he was editor of Early Music Today magazine.

 He conducts several ensembles in London, and has accompanied Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Royal Opera House. His arrangements and compositions have been broadcast on Radio 3 and 4, and published and performed around the world including, recently, at the Dubai BBC Proms. During lockdown his arrangements were sung by a choir of over 20,000 singers on Gareth Malone’s Great British Home Chorus.