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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

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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!

 


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42nd Worsthorne Arts & Crafts Festival

For the third year running we were invited to perform at the annual festival and did so on two evenings.IMG_0524 IMG_0523

The acoustics in the church are always an advantage in embellishing our sound. P1030782

We performed a range of songs, old and new, from the war-time nostalgia of  “A nightingale sang...” and a song from War Horse to commemorate the great war on the 100th anniversary of the Somme offensive “Only remembered“.

We also performed “Things“, “Budapest“,  “Lucky Old Sun“, “Besame mucho“, “Tequila Sunrise” and a song lamenting the end of the Wild West, the Highwaymen’s “The last cowboy song”. We also included a medley of three Ricky Nelson songs and finished with “Dance the night away“.

Thank you all for being appreciative audiences!

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Top two photographs courtesy of Ken Stott.

Featured charity was Pendleside Hospice.

And here are the posts from 2014 and 2015


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Parkinson’s Disease Society Xmas Dinner

We were pleased to be asked to entertain Parkinson’s Disease Society members at their Xmas Dinner this year held at the Burnley Boys and Girls Club (formerly known as the Burnley Lads Club which predates WWI – but that’s another story).

We performed a mixture of our regular songs from the 1940s to the present day, interspersed with some Xmas songs. We were helped out by David who sang “Fly me to the moon” for us. A very enjoyable evening.P1030175P1030178

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Macmillan Coffee Morning – playing music for a good cause

IMGP5198 - Version 2We were there at our local coffee shop playing for a good cause – we probably all know someone “living with cancer”  – and Macmillan nurses are the best.

IMGP5132IMGP5118IMGP5176We performed a couple of sets, about 15 songs in diverse genres.

IMGP5115Our friend Caroline Taylor performed her own set in between comprising mainly songs from the shows concluding with “Time to say goodbye” (made famous by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman) which she sang in English and Italian. Brava!.

IMGP5173Then Barrie and Caroline duetted to close the programme with “Summer Wine” (Barrie doing his Lee Hazlewood interpretation) and finally with our version of the Phil Ochs’ song popularised by Joan Baez, “There but for fortune” with some fine harmonising.

A friend and fellow blogger kindly took these photographs and you can see his take on the event on kindadukish blog

 

 

 


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There’s brass and silver in them there hills

This weekend I saw two live bands playing brass instruments. At the Burnley Canal Festival on Saturday there was the Burnley Silver Alliance Band.DSC00707

Then a day later at the Family Fun Day in Loveclough there was the Artistic Brass Band.

Brass bands have a strong tradition in Lancashire and other former industrial towns  (the Alliance Band was originally formed during the war as the Home Guard band) and we’ve had the pleasure of playing with one of the best, the Stacksteads Brass Band.

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Truly the hills are still alive with the sound of music!