Music And Choir
Music is an important part of our worship of God – it has the ability to lift and inspire us in a way that words alone can’t do. We have a fabulous tradition of choral singing at All Saints which stretches back for more than a century, but we also enjoy modern musical approaches too!
A selection of robed choristers
The choir (which currently stands at about 20 members) sings regularly at Sunday services, festivals and at weddings, choral music makes our Christmas and Easter celebrations very atmospheric and memorable. Music at Aston church services is usually led by the organ or piano. The choir are a mixed, robed choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass) singing in harmony at services and leading the music of the church. They are a capable choir led by Director of Music: Ian Watts (pictured below). The choir includes people of all ages, from 12 upwards and of all experience levels. They lead the congregation in singing hymns and have a large repertoire of sacred choral music from the traditional to the modern for all forms of church service. The choir is also signed to a record label with a digital release available worldwide.
The choir are also available to sing at weddings and will really support your guests' singing. Click here to see a suggested list of suitable organ, choir and wedding hymn music for your special day. The choir may also sing for weddings at other churches in the area - just ask us about your requirement.
The choir are always welcoming to new members of any age or experience and would encourage prospective members to come along and give it a go as we grow on any Thursday evening 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. or contact Ian Watts here - singing is great fun and learning tracks are often provided to help you learn your parts if you don't read music! The choir are growing and have recently welcomed Wendy, Marie, Frankie, James, Charlotte and Beth with more showing interest all the time, please do get involved!
The choir also enjoys taking part in concerts, leading fun BIG SING CONCERTS and music events in the church as well as choral evensongs at other churches in the area.
A selection of singers in concert attire
Church music now varies over a wide range of genres and styles. Here at Aston we believe in a suitable 'balance' of music styles appropriate for the service. For example on an Evensong the music will usually be very traditional and choral led whereas in an All Age Worship service the music may sometimes be piano or guitar led. Choir led communion will lean towards the traditional, whereas congregational communion will be more modern in feel. Festival services will be bright and joyous whilst services during other liturgical periods may be more thoughtful and reflective. Here at Aston we understand that music in church is there to support and enable worship appropriate to the church calendar. There is a book at the back of Aston church where people can list their favourite hymn or worship song so that our Director of Music can plan it in to a service where appropriate, please do feel free to let us know your favourite hymns!
Director of Music
Ian Watts, our Director of Music at Aston, is also the Musical Director of Carlton Male Voice Choir; Nottinghams' premier Male Choir, Lyrical Songbirds a Nottingham choir of female voices, Cotmanhay Primary School Choir in Derbyshire and he is a member of The Kinx; tribute band to The Kinks playing bass guitar. Ian runs his own recording studio and music business and plays the pipe organ, piano, guitar, bass and drums. He also has also recorded his own collection NURSERY RHYMES for children on commercial release available on Spotify, Amazon, Google Music, Youtube and all other digital streaming platforms - just search for The Singalongasong Band to hear this best selling collection of over 300 songs! Ian started with us in September 2018 taking over from his long standing predecessor Mr Paul Hudson. Ian is of course DBS checked as are all members of our team that may come into contact with youngsters.
Director of Music - Ian Watts
Music Steering Group (M.S.G.)
Music at our church is managed via a small team called the Music Steering Group including Ian, a Chairman Chris Ward and representatives from the choir and congregation. This helps us to ensure music follows the path set down by everyone at All Saints Church. Minutes from these sessions are made available on church notice boards.
Aston Church Choir are a resilient bunch and during the Covid-19 Lockdown period they continue their Thursday rehearsals via the internet without missing a beat. They also recorded new music during this period on their home phones and by sending the recordings to our Director of Music Ian Watts they could be compiled together in the recording studio, this included a number of worship songs for the new digital album launch THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, the wonderful hymn Nearer My God To Thee and anthems which were also filmed and is shown below plus service hymns and organ music: