Longridge’s £800 boost for Christian Aid

The South Pennine Singers
The South Pennine Singers
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Choir and quiz events at a local church have raised a total of £797 for the work of Christian Aid.

Members and guests for the special occasions at Christ Church in Longridge were delighted with the results for the national charity.

They now look forward to additional funds from a bucket collection by Churches Together in Longridge and Grimsargh at the town’s Booths supermarket on July 22 and 23 “when volunteer helpers will be much appreciated,” say organisers.

The recent events saw Clive and Jane Turner leading teams of four in a light-hearted quiz evening.

Organised by John Spencer, it raised £115, while the 11th edition in the ‘Music in the Afternoon’ series, organised by Carol Rose, went on to raise a further £472.

The South Pennine Singers directed by Geoff Balson and Sue Temperley made a welcome return and, accompanied by Valerie Shoesmith, gave an afternoon of choral and solo performances which delighted the appreciative audience .

Choral items, both accompanied and unaccompanied, ranged from Haydn and Finzi to Bacharach, folk song arrangements and songs from the shows.

Both men’s and ladies sections gave individual items, compere Evelyn Fawcett’s comic performance of ‘A Singlet for Cecil’ was sung whilst she knitted the garment! and the solo ‘Trumpet Tune’ was performed by David Parkins.

Other solo vocal items included Andrea Goffee’s endearing ‘If I loved you’ from Carousel.

The concert programme showed the singers’ versatility and technical ability, especially in the testing articulation of ‘Cy Cole’s ‘Rhythm of Life’ and the full choral sound of Haydn’s’ Insanae et Vanae Curae.’

John Spencer, Carol Rose and Jason McMahon led a thought provoking reflections entitled ‘In the Name of Christ’ – words taken from the song of the same name and composed by Carol for the 50th anniversary of Christian Aid Week. Then community singing concludied with ‘How Great Thou Art’ accompanied by piano and organ in a rousing finale.

Following a presentation to Geoff, acknowledging his new role of president of the South Pennine Singers, he then conducted a final piece, his own arrangement of the Irish Blessing.