Music at Grayswood
Music plays an important part of worship at Grayswood
At All Saints we are justly proud of our 20-strong enthusiastic robed choir with adults and children; it is indeed a village choir to suit a village church. There is a weekly practice on Friday evenings, and all members attend regularly and lead worship each Sunday at the 10 am service, including the Junior Choristers (there are few choirs in the County which are fortunate to have Juniors!).
The church is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and the choir follows its ‘Voice for Life’ scheme which offers a progressive course in singing and musicianship. There is no upper age limit for choir membership and the Juniors may join as seven-year olds; there is no audition either!
The choir has close links with Grayswood School and invites those children, and any from the congregation, to join the 'Song Squad' and sing with the choir at services, when percussion instruments, including chime bars, are often used and a music group of mixed instruments plays. The choir is also frequently asked to sing at weddings and funerals at All Saints.
The choir is always pleased to welcome new members, so if you are interested, please contact the Church Office for further information.
Jean White, our resident organist, has served since 1954. We are also fortunate to have a number of sub-organists who play on a regular basis and contribute to the regular Sunday services and weddings.
The organ was built in 1925 by Wm Hill and Son and Norman Beard Ltd. London. It was restored in 1993 following an appeal to the congregation. The overhaul which cost some £8000 and took more than six weeks to complete, was entirely funded through concerts, dinners and the generosity of the congregation.