The Last Friday Concert Series 2 has continued to attract good audiences through the summer. Each concert had a particular character and the last one in this series revealed a great talent beneath a calm exterior! Our very own Guy Blanch gave a recital which will stay fondly in the memories of the audience; his performance on the oboe of ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ left few dry eyes in the house.
Next year’s Series 3 is taking shape and will be led from the front next April by Fr Tim with a new selection of organ music to enjoy. We are fortunate that the City Band and the Luc Family have agreed to entertain us again and another family, the Kelsall Barnetts will give a top class and musical selection of guitar music and songs. Watch out for notices of the new Series 3 in the new year.
The Church Choir also took part in the last concert, performing several of their repertoire anthems that can be heard from week to week at Sunday services. They will have further opportunities to perform out of their stalls at two extra services coming up shortly: the Advent Carol Service at 6pm on December 2nd and our Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday 19th December also at 6pm. This year we can all join in the singing of traditional carols (and their descants!), hear the familiar Bible readings and listen to the choir in their specially prepared carols – all by candlelight – it should be magical, do come and join in! We could still do with a larger ‘pool’ of singers; it really is a splendid way of learning to use your voice and beginning or improving the skill of reading music and taking part is free! What’s more, as St Augustine said, those who sing pray twice.