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2 Shades guest at 41st Xmas Concert in Worsthorne

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 children’ choir from the local primary school also performed as special guests on the Friday night. The programme was directed by Martin Waterson and our friend Tony Cummings was the compere. P1040079 P1040081 P1040082







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.P1040108







































P1040092P1040085 P1040108To 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!



Stacksteads Brass Band D-Day concert in Worsthorne Church

Worsthorne Parish Church organised an evening of Brass and Voices to commemorate the D-Day Landings and also the fallen of both world wars.

Stacksteads Brass Band were the stars of the evening featuring a group of orators and musicians including 2 Shades of Grey.

We performed two pieces with additional input from local actor Tony Cummings. In the first half Tony and Barrie duetted on “the Glory of Love” accompanied by acoustic guitar. 

This song has been recorded by everyone since Benny Goodman first had a hit with it in the mid 1930s – Big Bill Broonzey, Dean Martin, Otis Redding, Bette Midler, and in 2012 Paul McCartney. 

In the second half we performed our own version of the Bob Dylan song “Forever Young” which was immediately preceded by Tony Cummings describing the events of D-Day and the brave men who will be, as he wrote, “forever in our hearts and forever young”

Stacksteads Brass Band member Jim Hoyle worked on the arrangement with us so the Band could accompany us on the choruses. We never actually practised with the Band but Jim came to a couple of rehearsals so we could agree the chord changes and timings and we recorded it on a CD for him to play to the Band.

On the night we were overwhelmed by the Band’s musicianship and if you’ve ever stood on stage with a 20 plus Brass Band behind you you’ll know what I mean.

The extract from the Parish Newsletter below gives you a sense of the evening (our regular paparazzi was on holiday so we don’t have any pictures).

Parish report

On a technical note we tried to record the songs we did using a Zoom stereo microphone but it couldn’t cope fully with the dynamic range of the music in a church packed with 140 people. So the results are more low-fi than we would have liked.