Our project to attract more visitors to All Saints’ at the invitation of the Churches Conservation Trust, in whose care the church is vested, was launched with October Fest in 2021.
The volunteers of All Saints’- the Friends of the Painted Church - would like to acknowledge the support of the many people who have helped us to welcome literally hundreds of visitors and a whole new audience to the painted church since that time. To the artists, musicians and performers who have brought the church alive, The Arts Society Cambridge, the Master of Jesus College, Ed Nugent of Cambridge City Council and his volunteers, Dr Bondini and the Bond family, The David Parr House, The Museum of Cambridge, Garden Historian Caroline Holmes, Charlie Owen Events, John Richens and Matt White and the White Family, THANK YOU, we could not have done it without you.
Our third Fest was another triumph celebrating a wide variety of music and instruments at The Painted Church
We were delighted to host this showcase of eight new pieces at The Painted Church, written as part of Britten Sinfonia's Opus 1 composer development scheme and played by two chamber ensembles from Britten Sinfonia. Throughout the summer the composers received workshops and mentoring with Britten Sinfonia players and with composers and programme directors Dani Howard and Raymond Yiu.
Jubilation commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the final parish service held at All Saints' in July 1973. On the retirement of The Reverend Hereward Hard the future of The Painted Church looked bleak, with the threat of partial demolition and conversion into student accommodation. Jubilation also celebrated the determined campaign group who worked tirelessly to overthrow this plan, saving the church for future generations and ensuring its successful transfer to the care of the Churches Conservation Trust in 1981.
On Saturday CSD Brass delighted our audience with music from Byrd to boogie, including excerpts from Disney, The Lion King, Whitney Houston and toe tapping marches.
On Sunday our pop up choir brought us Jubilee Sing! with hymns and songs from the lifetime of The Painted Church designed for audience participation.
A retiring collection of £170 was donated to The Music in Secondary Schools Trust.
A site specific exhibition by artists Sophie Michael and Andrew Munks. In a live performance, Sophie created visual music by VJ'ing patterns from the church's interiors onto the unornamented organ pipes, as Ian de Massini played a stirring composition by Messiaen. Andrew's work juxtaposed the arts and crafts movement's romanticism of medieval aesthetics with King Charles' traditionalist vision of an ideal England, as represented by the village of Poundbury. Photography by Jim Ward @McGuireWard.
The All Stars gardening team build a path along the front border on Jesus Lane with help from Cambridge City Council's Ed Nugent and his volunteers.
Guy James, countertenor and a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Gesualdo Six, brought a unique programme exploring different acoustics and relationship between instruments and voices. He was joined by Karolina Csathy, violin and voice, Emily White, viola, voice and sackbut, Will Mason, organ, Peter Facer, oboe, and fellow Gesualdo Six member Joseph Wicks. Performing as Chapel Perilous, they brought an excited audience to their feet with a standing ovation.
Conducted by Janet Wheeler, Granta Corale brought us A Ceremony of Carols for a very special Christmas carol concert with enthusiastic audience participation. A collection for the homeless charity Jimmy's brought in a substantial donation.
Our second October Fest with five weekly recitals, including Eduard Sánchez's world premiere of Introduction to Springtime by Jorge Grundman.
We take part in Open Cambridge with two weekends of events, including tours with a twist and an exhibition of our rarely seen textiles.
Inspired by the FABULATION exhibition in March, St Laurence's RC Primary School create their own response to the painted church and install their exhibition at All Saints'.
Our first art exhibition inspired by the painted church: original artwork by Toby Upson, Cathy Lomax, Jennifer Caroline Campbell, and Luke Burton.
In 2021, the first October Fest launches our project to welcome more visitors to All Saints