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Timeline: James Walker at All Saints Church

1983–2017

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    L.A. Bach Festival Hires James Walker as Artistic Director

    Performances move to All Saints Church, Pasadena
    In News, Timeline All Saints on

    Los Angeles Bach Festival announces the appointment of their new Artistic Director, James Walker, who continues as Director of Music at All Saints Church.

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    Welcome to my website!

    Celebrating 45 years of joy-​filled music making
    In News, Timeline All Saints on

    I find myself entering a new chapter in life, wanting to do more performing. I used to do a lot more, and I’d like to get back to a few concerts every season.

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    Prayer For the World by Daniel Corral premieres

    In Timeline All Saints on

    Together Canterbury and Coventry Choirs premiere Daniel Corral’s Prayer for the World, commissioned in celebration of James Walker’s 30th Anniversary as Director of Music and Organist. What an honor to receive this wonderful gift of music. It was a pleasure to work with the extraordinarily creative Los Angeles-​based composer, Daniel Corral, and to bring this work to life.

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    A Diva joins 4 Hands, 4 Feet

    Jenny Tisi and the organists
    In Timeline All Saints on

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  • Canterbury sings Bach’s Magnificat

    with chamber orchestra at Advent Evensong.
    In Timeline All Saints on

    Preparing Bach’s Magnificat was a turning point in the life of Canterbury Choir. It was one of those repertoire-​stretching experiences that brought the musicianship level of all to a higher level. Because of the generosity of two choir families we were able to hire the orchestra and offer this magnificent choral work as part of our Advent Evensong. It was hard work, over several months, and in the end, an incredibly joyful and fulfilling experience.

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    Sweet Hour of Prayer: Reflections on 30 Years of Music at All Saints

    Presentation for Rector’s Forum at All Saints Church
    In News, Timeline All Saints on

    I’ve been asked to reflect today on 30 years of music ministry and on my vocation as a musician working in the church.

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  • Evening Contemplative Eucharists start.

    In Timeline All Saints on

    This first evening Contemplative Eucharist was an outgrowth from our morning contemplative eucharist in Lent of 2012. For many years, we had a series of evensongs — usually six — throughout the program year. With this service, we began replacing a few of those with this new form. Much silence, an instrumental piece as the sermon, prayers through lighting candles, 

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    Szymon Grab receives his USC doctorate

    His final doctoral recital is two All Saints Sunday services of the Duruflé Requiem.
    In Timeline All Saints on

    One of my skills, developed over the years (especially the last five) at All Saints, has been guiding, mentoring and encouraging music staff members through the doctoral programs at the USC School of Music. There are many reasons that I chose to stop with a master’s degree, all of which were confirmed through these processes! One of the four recitals 

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  • First Contemplative Eucharists

    No words are spoken at 9:00 & 11:15 AM liturgies.
    In Timeline All Saints on

    The idea of a Sunday morning liturgy with no words spoken was an outgrowth of an idea that a parishioner had when Szymon Grab was first hired and gave a mini-​recital for a group of major donors. The parishioner suggested to Ed Bacon that we could do with a lot less speaking at our services and have more music. Well, it 

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    With five months of preparation, 60 members of Canterbury and Coventry choirs perform Mahler’s Symphony 8

    with Gustavo Dudamel and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
    In Timeline All Saints on

    No exaggeration. This was truly a once-​in-​a-​lifetime experience. The LA Philharmonic had scheduled all of the Mahler Symphonies to be performed during the 2011–2012 season. Symphony No. 8 requires a chorus of 800 and an orchestra of 200. It was the job of LA Master Chorale Director Grant Gershon to assemble and prepare those 800 singers. All Saints Church was 

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