Music Notes - May 2018

Music Notes – May 2018

Looking back to Easter

It’s a while since Easter and the Choir has been on its Easter break but is now back for the new term. However, I do want to look back to thank all who supported us through a very taxing but worthwhile Holy Week and Easter. The Choir sang 6 services over 4 days – no mean feat. I particularly want to congratulate the Junior Choir; there are very few children of their age who could have sung such a wide repertoire to such a professional standard. We should be very proud of what they have achieved and grateful for the way that they enhance our services week by week.

Adopt a Chorister

Singing consistently to a standard that you would expect to hear in our cathedrals and collegiate churches does not come without a lot of hard work and dedication. One of the keystones of our Choir training year is the annual summer school at Kingswood School, Bath. The choristers receive a week of intensive training from some of the top choir trainers and voice coaches in the country and they sing the Friday, Saturday and Sunday services in the fabulous setting of Bath Abbey.

This year we hope to have more choristers than ever attending and so, at £400 per chorister we have to raise a considerable sum to make this possible. We are, therefore, opening our ‘Adopt a Chorister’ Scheme. If you would like to help us maintain the high standard of choral music at St, Oswald’s please think about making a contribution. Any donation however small will help and will be very much appreciated.

Dates for the diary.

Sunday 24th June – 3.00pm – in the Parish Centre

Recital by Samantha Lewis and Chelsea Morris

This is a programme of music that Sam and Chelsea will be singing for their LTCL and ATCL exams respectively which they will take in July. Do come along and support them.

Refreshments available and there is no charge for entry to the recital but we will take a retiring collection for the music at St. Oswald’s.

Saturday 30th June  -  7.30pm

Veronica Donkin Memorial Organ Recital

This year the recital will be given by Nigel Argust, Assistant Organist of Lichfield Cathedral. We will be erecting a video screen so that you can see Nigel play as well as hear.

Again there is no charge for the recital but we will take a retiring collection for the music at St. Oswald’s.

Saturday 16th June – 7.30pm  -  Holy Trinity Church

The London Welsh Male Voice Choir

This is a concert organised by Haydn Jones in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. Samantha Lewis will be appearing as soloist alongside the Choir

Tickets are priced at £18 for adults and £9 for children/students and are available from Music Makers Oswestry 01691 654510 and Rowanthorn Oswestry 01691 238227,

Choir at Lichfield Cathedral

The choir will be singing Evensong in Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday 26th May and, as in previous years we will hire a coach to take us there and back. If you would like to join us for the day please sign the list which will be on the table by the South Door after Easter. We shall leave Park Gates at 12 noon arriving at Lichfield by 2.00pm. Evensong is at 5.30pm and the coach will depart straight after the service so we should back in Oswestry by 8.00pm at latest. Places on the coach are £12 each.

Mike Donkin

Director of Music.

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