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Music for a Summer's Evening

Music for a Summer's Evening

Kevin Drury, guest organist

Kevin got the evening off to a dramatic start with the Organ Symphony by Saint Saens (also known as the theme music to the film “Babe”) and Saint Saens featured again with amusing extracts from the Carnival of the Animals. Kevin moved from the main organ to the elderly pipe organ with great effect for early English music by Thomas Arne, William Hine and Handel and he rounded off the first half with the Waltz from Carousel.

During the interval Connie Burchett provided a light supper, accompanied by wine/soft drinks, which was enjoyed by all under gazebos in the churchyard.

In the second half Kevin pulled out all the stops with extracts from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Beethoven’s magical adagio from the “Moonlight Sonata” and the Maurice Durufle intricate fugue – Theme du Carillon.

The St John’s Singers, who were in fine voice, gave Kevin the opportunity of some well earned breaks. The men of the choir sang the Hippopotamus Song (with audience participation – particularly the children), Danny Boy and a version of the Weather Forecast. Two specially adapted hymn tunes “Our Choir” and “Our Bell” showed off the choir to great effect and their final contribution, “Let us Light a Candle” by Richard Shepard was a delight.

Kevin, who kindly wrote the programme notes, finished with a well deserved encore by playing the entertaining and highly complicated ”Hornpipe Humoresque” by Rawsthorne.

Lots of compliments were received at the end of the evening, leaving us in little doubt that people had enjoyed themselves. The evening raised £500 for the Friends of St John’s, surely a creditable result for our first venture.

Thanks go to everyone who helped make the evening such a success.

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