Jun 062016

Held on May 22nd the occasion saw a welcome return of the South Pennine Singers under the direction of Geoff Balson and Sue Temperley. Ably accompanied by Valerie Shoesmith, the choir did not disappoint and led an afternoon of choral and solo performances which delighted the appreciative audience.

Music in the Afternoon for Christian Aid 2016Choral items, both accompanied and unaccompanied, ranged from Haydn and Finzi to Bacharach, with stops along the way of folk song arrangements and songs from the shows. The men’s section gave their own unique rendition of ‘There is nothing like a dame’ from South Pacific, whilst the ladies led a gentle arrangement of ‘Dona Nobis  Pacem’, a Song for Peace.  Solo vocal items included Andrea Goffee’s endearing ‘If I loved you’ from Carousel, whilst Evelyn Fawcett, as well as being the amusing compere gave a delightful comic performance of ‘A Singlet for Cecil’ – whilst knitting the garment! By way of a contrast, a solo ‘Trumpet Tune’ was performed by David Parkins. The concert programme showed the singers’ versatility and technical ability, especially in the testing articulation of ‘Cy Cole’s ‘Rhythm of Life’ and the full choral sound of Haydn’s’ Insanae et Vanae Curae.’

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While the choir took a well-earned breather, John Spencer, Carol Rose and Jason McMahon led a thought provoking reflection with images entitled ‘In the Name of Christ’ – words taken from the song of the same name, composed by Carol for the 50th anniversary of Christian Aid Week.

The programme ended with some community singing of 3 hymns concluding with ‘How Great Thou Art’ accompanied by piano and organ in a rousing finale. Following a presentation to Geoff, acknowledging his new role of President of the South Pennine Singers, he then conducted a final piece, his own arrangement of the Irish Blessing.

More opportunities to support Christian Aid will be on Thursday June 2nd,  when Christ Church are hosting a Coffee Day at the Civic Hall.

Also, on Friday/Saturday July 22nd & 23rd, there will be a bucket collection event at Booths in Longridge, where volunteer helpers will be much appreciated.

Carol Rose

May 232016

Recent ‘CHOIR and QUIZ’ events at Christ Church have raised funds in support of the work of Christian Aid. Clive and Jane Turner led teams of four in a light hearted quiz evening.  Organised by John Spencer, the evening raised £115.

The 11th edition of Music in the Afternoon, organised by Carol Rose, went on to raise a further £472, bringing the total to date to £587.

Longridge URC in the 1960’s?

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Feb 162016

Ray has received a letter from Sheena Jackson, Vena Slater’s daughter.   Vena died last year, and Sheena returned to Christ Church after a number of years.   As well as thanking Ray for his ministry following Vena’s death, Sheena has sent a photo which looks as though it was taken in the 1960s or early 1970s.   We would be interested to identify those who appear in the photo.   Some of us, including Pam Cliff, have had a look and identified a few people.   This leads us to believe that the photo was taken on an occasion when several Longridge churches had met together, probably for a joint choral event.   We know that there used to be performances of Messiah in which several churches joined so this may be one of those. If at all possible, we will put the photo on the church website and we would be interested to know if you recognise anyone.   Please let any member of Council know if you can add to our knowledge.   Our thanks go to Sheena for this interesting challenge and we continue to remember all Vena’s family in their bereavement.