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ICELANDIC CHOIR TO PERFORM IN HEADINGTON

posted 25 Apr 2018, 08:59 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 25 May 2018, 09:08 ]

Press release issued by All Saints’ Church, Lime Walk, Headington on 23 April 2018

On Saturday 28th April, the Akureyri Church Choir will be performing a range of music at All Saints’ Church, Lime Walk, in Headington. Akureyri, which is the commercial and educational centre of Northern Iceland, has an abundant cultural life with its own symphony orchestra and professional theatre. It is a very popular stop for many cruise ships during the summer months.

The choir, which has some 70-80 members, was founded in 1945 to sing at services in the church and, over the past 25 years, has also given an increasing number of concerts, featuring great choral works such as the ‘Requiems’ of Mozart and Faure, Brahms’ ‘German Requiem’ and JS Bach’s ‘Magnificat’. The choir has toured extensively in Denmark, Germany, France, Slovenia, Canada, Finland and Russia, and is currently touring in the UK. Saturday’s concert includes excerpts from Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe Solennelle’, Samuel Wesley’s ‘Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace’, the African American Spiritual ‘Deep River’ and a selection of music by Icelandic composers.

Michael Jon Clarke, the choir’s conductor, was born in Nottingham and graduated from London’s Trinity College of Music in 1971; in the same year he moved to Akureyri. Since then, he has graduated from Southern Illinois University as Suzuki Pedagogue under John Kendall and from The Royal Northern College of Music in Opera Studies under Ryland Davies. He has had a long and diverse music career as a violinist, opera singer, conductor and composer. His emphasis in later years has been on composing and his composition for organ ‘Sally Piper’s Big Tootle Day’ was performed very successfully in St Paul’s Cathedral last autumn with the organist Gudny Einarsdottir, who wrote the story. This Saturday’s programme includes a composition by Michael Jon.

The concert, which will commence at 6.30 pm, is free with a retiring collection for the Footsteps Foundation, based in Dorchester-on-Thames, which provides support for disabled children. Refreshments will be served at the end of the concert providing an opportunity to talk to members of the choir.

The Vicar of All Saints’, the Reverend James Cocke, said ‘the church is really looking forward to welcoming the Akureyri Choir and hearing their programme. We are indebted to Headington Singers, who perform regularly at All Saints’, for suggesting All Saints’ as a suitable venue and for their help with the concert preparations. We hope everyone will enjoy this feast of music and give generously to the very worthwhile cause of the Footsteps Foundation’.

For further information ring Catherine Hodgkinson, Churchwarden: All Saints’, on 01865 741116/ 07852 338852 or email CEHodgkinson@aol.com

Coach Trip 31 May 2018

posted 7 Apr 2018, 15:12 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 25 May 2018, 09:09 ]

Coach Trip to Chichester Cathedral's Flower Festival, Thursday 31st May from 9am to 5:30pm.


A trip to Chichester Cathedral's Flower Festival, "This Earthly Paradise", is being planned for Thursday 31st May. The cost of £30 includes pre-booked entry to the Festival. 

The coach will leave All Saints’, Lime Walk at 9.00 am and return from Chichester at 3.30 pm. The estimated time of arrival back in Headington is 5.30 pm.

For further details and /or book a place, please contact Catherine Hodgkinson: Telephone 01865 741116/ 07852 338852, email CEHodgkinson@aol.com
For further information on the Festival visit The Chichester Cathedral website.


Annual Meeting of Parishioners

posted 5 Apr 2018, 09:15 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 25 May 2018, 09:07 ]

Annual Meeting of Parishioners, Sunday April 29 at 3:30pm.


The Annual Meeting of Parishioners, when the Church Wardens will be elected for the year 2018-2019, will be held in All Saints’ Church, Lime Walk, Headington on Sunday 29th April, at 3.30pm. After a brief pause for afternoon tea, the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in All Saints’ Church, when the Parochial Church Council will be elected for the ensuing year.

Your name must be on the Electoral Roll if you wish to vote at these two meetings, Electoral Roll forms are available from the keeper of the roll, Lady M. B. Crofton, 128 Lime Walk, Headington (telephone 762063).

Nominations for seats on the Parochial Church Council should be given to Mr Colin Openshaw, the honorary secretary of the Parochial Church Council. Candidates must be duly proposed and seconded and they must signify their willingness to serve on the Parochial Church Council by signing the nomination papers.

One of the most important items on the agenda at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be the presentation of the Parochial Church Council accounts for the year ending 31st December 2017 by Mr Hugh Scrutton the honorary treasurer of the Parochial Church Council.

Good Friday 2018

posted 22 Mar 2018, 10:14 by Christine Tucker   [ updated 2 Apr 2018, 03:19 by All Saints' Highfield ]

QUEEN’S CHAPLAIN TO PREACH AT GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE IN HEADINGTON

All Saints’ Church, Lime Walk, Headington continues to maintain the tradition of a Three Hour Service starting at noon on Good Friday. Over the years, a large number of distinguished clergymen have been the guest preachers at this very special service. This year will be no exception as the Reverend John Witheridge, Chaplain to the Queen, will preach.

The Reverend Witheridge has a remarkable record of service to both the Anglican Church and to education. In addition to his Royal chaplaincy, he is an Honorary Cathedral Chaplain at Christ Church, Oxford. He served as Chaplain to Robert Runcie during his term of office as Archbishop of Canterbury. His career in education took him from Head of Religious Studies at Marlborough College, to Conduct (Senior Chaplain) at Eton College, and then Headmaster of Charterhouse School for eighteen years. He is also a historian of the Church and has written ‘The Excellent Dr Stanley’, a biography of the Victorian churchman, Dean Stanley of Westminster.
The Three Hour Service, lasting from noon to three o’clock is a very moving experience, taking place during the most sacred hours of Good Friday when Jesus was on the Cross. Worshippers do not have to stay for the full three hours but they are requested to enter and leave during the singing of a hymn in order to minimise any disruption to the service.

For further information, please contact the Vicar of All Saints’, the Reverend James Cocke on 01865 762536.

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED 22 MARCH 2018

Akureyri Church Choir Concert.

posted 19 Mar 2018, 07:49 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 25 May 2018, 09:09 ]

Akureyri Church Choir Concert, Saturday April 28 at 6:30pm.


We welcome the Akureyri Church Choir to All Saints' on Saturday 28th April 2018 at 6:30pm for a concert, part of their UK tour 2018.  
The evening will include music by Rossini, Rachmaninov, and Wesley as well as a selection of Icelandic choral music.

Admission is free, there will be a retiring collection towards the work of the Footsteps Foundation.  Everyone welcome.

Headington Singers Spring Concert 2018

posted 7 Mar 2018, 14:24 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 2 Apr 2018, 03:16 ]

 
 
We welcome the Headington Singers to All Saints' on Friday 23rd March at 7:30pm for their Spring concert, a performance of Brahms: A German Requiem.  The Headington Singers and Orchestra are joined by Margaret Cooper (soprano) and David Mallinson (baritone). 

Tickets are available on the door £12, £10 concessions, children free.  

Readership Survey of 'The Door'

posted 2 Feb 2018, 12:17 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 2 Apr 2018, 03:18 ]

Do you read 'The Door'? If so, you might be interested in taking part in an online survey which the diocese is conducting. The results of this readership survey will influence the future format and content of 'The Door'. 

If this interests you, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ENreadersurvey.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH’S SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN’S SOCIETY

posted 8 Jan 2018, 13:52 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 2 Apr 2018, 03:17 ]

PRESS RELEASE Monday 8th January 2018

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH’S SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN’S SOCIETY


All Saints’ Church in Lime Walk, Headington has supported the work of the Children’s Society over many years, with the proceeds of its annual Christmas Bazaar donated each year to that charity.  The church is particularly pleased with its efforts over the recent Christmas period enabling it to contribute almost £1,300 to the Children’s Society.  The Bazaar raised £1,040 at the end of November and this was augmented by nearly £250 raised by the generosity of the congregation at the very well attended Christingle Service on Christmas Eve.

This excellent result reflects the hard work put into the Bazaar by Valerie Boulter and a large team of helpers.  The church was delighted that the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Jean Fooks, opened the Bazaar and spent time visiting the stalls and talking to stallholders.  The event marked the start of All Saints’ Christmas celebrations, and the pervading happy atmosphere was enhanced by some lively music with carols sung by the Headington Junior (Preparatory) School and traditional Christmas tunes played by the Kennington (Oxford) Silver Band.  The fundraising was assisted greatly by the donation of raffle and other prizes from a large number of local Headington businesses.

The very popular Christingle Service was arranged and led by James Larminie, one of All Saints’ Licensed Lay Ministers, who is also one of the Oxford Diocese ‘Ambassadors’ to the Children’s Society.  He commented: 

‘The Children’s Society helps thousands of vulnerable young people in this country every year. Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for some, and it’s great that the people of the parish have been so generous.’

For further information please contact James Larminie on 07940-784881.

December Concerts at All Saints

posted 20 Nov 2017, 12:58 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 8 Jan 2018, 13:43 ]

 
 
The Winter Concert of the Oxford Brookes Early Music Society takes place at All Saints' Church on Saturday 2nd December, at 7 for 7:30pm.  It features works by Bach, Batten, Byrd, Corelli, and Victoria. 

Tickets are available on the door, £5 or £3 for students/concessions. 

 


 
 
The Christmas Concert of the Headington Singers is on Friday 15th December at 7:30pm at All Saints'. Their program, "Northern Lights", features music by Greig (Four Psalms) and sacred songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Arensky, and Buxtehude.  

The choir is conducted by Sally Mears and the evening features soloists Tabitha Appel (violin) and Dexter Drown (baritone),  as well as Maureen Cooper (piano), Rachel Appel (cello) and Julian Littlewood (organ).     

Tickets are available on the door, £12 / £10 concessions / children free.
 

Hymns of Praise with Pam Rhodes, 23rd September at St Andrew's Church, North Oxford

posted 13 Aug 2017, 10:30 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 29 Sep 2017, 14:38 ]

Music is an important part of the worship at All Saints' and we have just heard of a very interesting musical event coming up at St. Andrew's, North Oxford, which we are sure that anyone would find to be very interesting.

Pam Rhodes (one of the presenters of BBC Songs of Praise) is coming along to talk about a selection of popular hymns on Saturday September 23 at 7pm, anyone from the audience will have the chance to sing those hymns alongside the choir, orchestra and organ.

Tickets for the event are £5 (concessions available), from the church office or on the door at the event. Those 18 and under can attend for free. For more details see the article on St Andrew's website or contact Daniel Paul (organiser).

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