St Andrew’s Church Spring Concert 2017

St Andrew’s Church Spring Concert


On Tuesday 14th March, thirteen Y8 Choir members, driven by Mr Fowlds and accompanied by Miss Serbrock, ventured into the depths of mid – Northumberland to perform at the St Andrew’s Church, Bolam.  Mrs Lord, Mr Hampton, and Mrs Roberson greeted them at the historic, Saxon venue, and soon the Spring Concert was in full swing.  The programme comprised a varied selection of choir items, group numbers and solo songs, interspersed with some entertaining and thoughtful readings.  
 
All the children should feel extremely proud of their performances, having impressed the large and appreciative audience with their commitment and confidence.  Mr Bailey gave the vote of thanks, and the evening ended with delicious refreshments provided by the church, well-deserved and much-enjoyed by the children before their return to school.  A retiring collection was divided between the Early Bird Education Centre in Kenya, and the Bolam War Memorial Project.   A very big thank you to everyone involved in making the occasion such a success.
A note from Mr Hampton on the event…

There was musical quality aplenty at Bolham Church last night and, arriving early myself, I stood outside this elegant, substantial building and thought of Philip Larkin’s ‘Churchgoing’:   

 

‘A serious house on serious earth it is,

In whose blent air all our compulsions meet,

Are recognized, and robed as destinies.’

 

And inside, when the concert got going, there was plenty to appreciate and to contemplate that was mostly serious and seriously good. The choir, composed of Year 8 children, sang impressively with control, sensitivity and empathy for a range of songs from different musical genres and cultures; the soloists held the stage with confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of sheer enjoyment and the readers offered thoughtful and nuanced interpretations of eclectic texts which complemented the musical items. Well done to Margaret Roberson. Top drawer!   

 

To listen to a snippet of the evening please click below….

 

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