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If you are using a sound-enabled computer you will be listening to the hymn tune, Bow Brickhill composed by the Sir Sydney Nicholson and arranged by John Close.

For an architectural tour of the church click here

All Saints Church has a long choral tradition. In 1847 Thomas Webster, a member of the Cranbrook Colony, painted his famous picture, "A Village Choir" using the Church for his setting and Bow Brickhill residents as the characters. 
 

The original picture now hangs in the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the Sheepshanks Collection.  Copies can be obtained from the V&A - click here for further information.  The taller girl in the straw bonnet is thought to have been Lavinia Wootton.  Click here for a photo of Lavinia in later life.

Sydney H Nicholson, founder of the School of English Church Music now The Royal School of Church Music, inherited Harley House - No. 7, Church Road. 

As Organist and Choirmaster of Westminster Abbey in 1923 he brought his choristers to the village to attend summer Scout Camp.. The boys would sing outside each evening and were in great demand to visit neighbouring parishes.

The 31th anniversary of the choir, 
Easter Day 2012

In 1925 Dr Nicholson, as he then was, received a knighthood. He left a wealth of church music, including settings of the Communion Service (one of which is sung occasionally by Bow Brickhill Church Choir), he re-set the psalms to produce the Parish Psalter and composed many hymn tunes including 'Bow Brickhill'.

There has been a choir on and off at the church for a great number of years.  You can see past choirs here and here. 

The late Fred Odell had lots of stories about choirboys' pranks - more.....



The St James Singers and the church choir in concert June 2004



The choir on Advent Sunday December 2002

All Saints Church Choir sings at services on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday of each month and, although small, is very enthusiastic. Choir practice takes place on Monday evenings at 7.30 pm. New recruits are always welcome please contact Sue Malleson, Tel 01908 372376. 

For other local choirs see
British Choirs on the Net.
Sometimes we even sing 'on the move' - as we did on Palm Sunday, April 2004 .. click here for more pictures.



Palm Sunday April 2004

For historical and general information about the church click here. For an architectural tour click here.

 

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