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All Saints Church in Wokingham has been presenting concerts since 2013 with a wealth of musicianship from across a variety of genres, including Baroque, Folk, Choral Music, Brass Bands, World Music and even a Pink Floyd tribute band! We have seen musical legends hit the boards and been privileged to hear some of the world’s greatest singers and instrumentalists. We’ve also promoted local talent, too.

Here are some examples to demonstrate the quality and range of the music we have been able to offer.

Please note that we are scaling back our concert offer until after the completion of the refurbishment of the church - our Community Church 2020 project - which we expect to complete in early 2021. Read more about this here.


Emma KirkbyDame Emma Kirkby started Renaissance vocal polyphony while still at school, studied Classics and sang with the Schola Cantorum at Oxford where she encountered instruments known to Renaissance and Baroque composers, such as the lute, harpsichord, and wind and string instruments. As a schoolteacher and amateur singer she was invited to perform professionally with pioneer groups, which led to long partnerships in Britain and abroad, with ensembles and individual players. Her voice and style are recognized worldwide. Emma was awarded a DBE in 2007 and the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2011.

Eleanor HarrisonThe Gandolpho Players were founded by Eleanor Harrison who works with period instrument ensembles including the London Handel Orchestra, the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists and Opera in Space. They are an evolution of the original duo which Eleanor formed with harpsichordist David Wright. Eleanor and David first collaborated at the Royal College of Music as part of the chamber group 'La Follia' which won the Century Fund Award in the Early Music Prize and performed on BBC Radio 3. Their programmes include the extraordinary music of Heinrich von Biber, whose patron was Archbishop Gandolpho.


Martin Simpson is widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world. His career includes collaborations with June Tabor, Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy and many more. He has been nominated an astounding 31 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 12 nominations for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. Whether playing American old-time music, delta blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is a guitarist of immense subtlety.

EdgelarksEdgelarks is the BBC award-winning duo of Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Their roots incorporate British traditional music, Indian classical slide guitar and beatbox harmonica. "Extraordinary... I was absolutely blown away," commented Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music). They won Best Duo 2014 in the Radio 2 Folk awards.

Choral Music

All Saints Choir have been accompanied by professional soloists and orchestra in regular performances of Handel’s Messiah and other works, including Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man and Jonathan Rutter’s Requiem.

Siglo de Oro was founded by Patrick Allies and made its professional debut at the 2014 Spitalfields Festival. The Financial Times remarked: ‘Siglo de Oro, under the assured direction of Patrick Allies, performed with vivacity and poise.’ Since then the group has appeared at festivals across the UK and Europe, as well as regular live performances on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. In 2016 they released their first record, which BBC Music Magazine made a Christmas Choice and called “a debut with a difference, a novel, un-gimmicky project, vividly executed.”

Wokingham Choral Society is a regular performer on the church. The choir was formed by a small group of enthusiasts in July 1951 and gave its first concert in November that same year. Membership has gradually increased over the years to over 100 singers with strength in all four voice parts.

The present conductor is Patrick Allies, who founded Siglo del Oro, is Conductor of Blackheath and Bramley Choral Society and of chamber choir Khoros as well as Senior Choral Specialist at Lady Margaret School Parson's Green, and Director of Music at All Saints' Putney.

Brass Bands

Trinity Concert Band is a wind band based in Reading, Berkshire, playing classical transcriptions, original band compositions, music from stage and screen, pop and swing as well as traditional marches. The band has won a Gold and Platinum award at the National Concert Band Festival, resulting in an invitation to attend the finals in Manchester, where they also won a Gold award.

World Music

The Tibetan Monks present a dramatic, entertaining and informative performance of the majestic masked dances and the sacred chant from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, one of the most important of Tibet's teaching monasteries.

Prabhat Rao is a leading Hindustani Classical Vocalist. He has performed in Europe, India and Singapore, including the Edinburgh Fringe, and is a lead vocalist for the UK National Indian Classical Ensemble. He has collaborated with Ravi Shankar.

Pelva Naik, a Dhrupad practitioner and performer, was brought up in a family of artists and art lovers where she was exposed to Indian culture, literature, art and music. She has been trained in the Dhrupad style of vocal music under the eminent Dagar Gharana of Indian classical music.


What The Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band, combines superb musicianship with the latest technology and a stunning light show. The band prides itself on meticulous attention to sonic detail in order to re-create Floyd classics, such as ‘Money’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’.


Graham Kendrick has been described as ‘the father of modern worship music’ whose songs have ‘sculpted a view of God that has impacted generations.’ For more than 30 years he has been at the forefront of UK Christian worship having written and recorded hundreds of well-known songs, including ‘Shine Jesus Shine’ and ‘The Servant King’.