Last weekend saw the 41st Annual Christmas Concert by the choir and friends at St John the Evangelist Church in Worsthorne, near Burnley, Lancashire. There were two performances – on Friday evening and on Saturday afternoon.
The first half of the concert comprised songs from the full choir with soloist Caroline Taylor, Paul Jennings (a monologue) and Ken Hollas plus the children’s choir.
Then 2 Shades of Grey performed opening with “Scarlet Ribbons“. Tony Cummings joined in for “Rocking around the Xmas tree‘ and two Everly Brothers songs. On the Saturday performance they substituted “Have yourself a Merry Little Xmas” for the Everly’s songs.
To round off the first half the choir performed “World in Union“. During the interval a collection was made for the Water Aid charity and calendars featuring local photographs by the late Peter Hartley were sold to raise money for Pendleside Hospice.
After the interval the choir performed a cantata by Joseph Martin “A Winters Grace” which incorporated readings from the bible, read by Fr John Paul and familiar carols.
Christmas really does start in Worsthorne!