On Friday 29th September many people worked hard to decorate St. Marks for The Harvest Festival which began with a visit from the wonderful Liverpool Male voice Choir.
By 7.00 p.m. on Saturday 30th September the choir members were well on the way to being ready to begin the concert at 7.30 p.m.
As she welcomed the choir Eileen reminisced about the last time that she had met one of their members, Billy. She said she thought that the last time she saw him she was about 14 years old! A that time she used to visit Billy’s butcher’s shop to get meat as requested by her family!
It transpired that last Thursday had been Billy’s 90th birthday. (You could never have imagined that as you watched him singing!) Thus the concert began with everybody singing “Happy birthday to Billy” and Eileen giving him a box of chocolates!
The Choir’s musical director, Neil Kirkwood introduced and conducted an astonishingly varied program of songs. Some of the songs followed a Harvest theme. Some of the songs featured soloists such as:-
“Oh what a beautiful morning”, from Oklahoma, featuring Kavan Graney;
“Homeward Bound”, by Marta Keen, featuring Ian McCartney
and “Bring him home”, from Les Miserables, featuring Mike Gollop.
Neil performed “Autumn Leaves”, by Joseph Kosma, whilst accompanying himself on the guitar.
We also heard a couple of solos played by the choir’s talented accompanist, Daniel Gerrard. These were “The Happy Farmer” by Schumann and “Little Bird” Grieg.
In addition to the songs sung by the choir, there were a number of songs during which the audience was encouraged to stand and sing along. These were all Harvest hymns such as “We plough the fields and scatter”, “Come ye thankful people come” and “For the fruits of His creation”. Alan Johnson accompanied the hymns on the organ. It was wonderful to sing well-known hymns whilst being led by such an amazing choir!
The audience thoroughly enjoyed all the diverse performances delivered by this wonderful choir.
Thank you to all the members of
for visiting us at St. Mark’s.
Thank you too to Alan
for coming to accompany the hymns.
Oh! And somebody had to provide the tea and coffee, so
Thank you to Eileen and Paul for that!