All Saints Church — Bay Head

Special Music Performances for All Saints' Day Celebration

All Saints Church in Bay Head, NJ, warmly welcomes all to celebrate All Saints’ Day on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 10:15 am. Our traditional Sunday service will feature special music, including a performance on the violoncello beginning at 10:00 am as a prelude to the service, and choral selections from three English composers performed by the semi-professional choir at All Saints.

For All Saints Church this is an especially important day in our church calendar. “For nearly 130 years the ‘saints’ have been gathering at All Saints Episcopal Church to make a joyful noise unto God. And, while every Sunday is a celebration of God’s love, November 4, All Saints Sunday, is our special feast day. We invite the entire community to celebrate with us,” said Rev. Robert A. Nagy, rector of All Saints Church.

Under the direction of All Saints organist and choirmaster Stephen L. Pinel, the choir - one of a very few church choirs in the area including sophisticated and highly trained musicians - will perform Dr. T. Frederick H. Candlyn’s "Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies,” George Elvey's arrangement of Psalm 100 and Healey Willan’s "Sing to the Lord of Harvest.” View the Composer biographies

“The music of the Episcopal Church maintains the highest standards of beauty and integrity, and the repertoire of All Saints’ choir stretches from ancient plainsong, written during the earliest centuries of Christianity, to living composers active today.  In addition, the choir sings the great church music of Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Brahms on a weekly basis,” said Mr. Pinel. “Because of their compelling joy, these three pieces are particularly suited to the celebration of All Saints Sunday," he added.

Cellist Wayne Arndt will be playing selections on the violoncello before the service. Arndt is instructor in cello at Georgian Court University and plays with both the Corialis Trio and the Rose Trio. He has performed with the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea, the Monmouth Symphony, Metro Lyric Opera, Montclair Chamber Orchestra, Arcadian Chorale, Music at St. Mary's, and the Monmouth University Chorus.

All Saints Church has been the beacon of the Episcopal Church in Bay Head for nearly one hundred thirty years. We hope you will join us on this special Feast Day. All are Welcome.

Composer Biographies

Dr. T. Frederick H. Candlyn, who was born on December 17, 1892 in Davenham in Cheshire, England, had served at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Albany from 1915 to 1943. In Albany, he was also head of the department of music at the State College for Teachers. He founded and conducted the Albany Oratorio Society and led the Mendelssohn Club there. After St. Paul’s, he was organist and choirmaster at St. Thomas Church Fifth Ave. (NYC) from 1943 to 1954. He died in 1964 at the age of 72.

George Elvey was born on March 27, 1816, in Canterbury, England. He began as a boy chorister in Canterbury Cathedral later studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. In 1835 he was appointed organist and chorus master at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. Elvey held his post at St. George's for 47 years. He retired from St. George's in 1882 and died in Windlesham, Surrey, in 1893.

Healey Willan was born in Balham, London, England, on October 12, 1880. In 1903, Willan was appointed organist and choirmaster at St. John the Baptist, Holland Road, London. In 1913, he immigrated to Canada to serve as organist at St. Paul's Church and to head the theory department at the Canadian Conservatory. In 1921, he became the choir director at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto, Canada. Willan last conducted the choir at St. Mary Magdalene in 1967. He died on February 16, 1968.

Previously: Easter Guest Musicians

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