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Choirs from Churches Together in Potters Bar perform Stainer’s Crucifixion on Good Friday 19th April

Members of choirs from Potters Bar’s churches and members of their congregations came to listen to The Crucifixion by John Stainer at Potters Bar URC on Good Friday.
Soloists were Colin Gilmore – Tenor and Julian Zerfahs – Base, with Simon Worley playing the organ.
The conductor was Stephen Jones.
Canon Richard Osborn led the opening and closing prayers.
We were pleased to welcome so many members of Potters Bar’s churches to the performance and to the refreshments that followed.

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A short excerpt from the performance.

Maundy Thursday Supper & Communion 18-4-19

In an innovation – courtesy of David and Chris Ramsay – we had a “proper meal” together in the church before celebrating Holy Communion.
The meal had a Turkish flavour courtesy of Mosayeb (and Askular Restaurant) with lamb wraps, flat bread, grape juice and fresh fruit to follow.
Coincidentally we were just 13 around the table.
After the meal Nick led us in a short communion Service, with readings by David Ramsay and prayers by Nick.
We went home well satisfied, both spiritually and temporally! Hopefully not a “one off”?

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Stephen Jones Sings! – Friday 5th April 2019

Our lunchtime concert on Friday 5th April featured our Director of Music, Stephen Jones singing a collection of English songs, accompanied by Alan Dorn (apologies to Alan for the mis-spelling on the video title!).

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As you can see from the programme list below, it was quite an eclectic mix – with a rousing finish.

Our thanks to both Stephen and Alan (not forgetting Janet O’ – the page- turner)

A video clip of the concert is attached below for those interested. Because of the length, the video quality is less good than usual.

Programme:

Warlock.       My own country
Sleep
Pretty ring time

Dowland.       Now, O now I needs must part
Can she excuse my wrongs?
Purcell.          Music for a while

Butterworth.     Six songs from A Shropshire Lad:
“Loveliest of Trees”
“When I Was One and Twenty”
“Look Not in My Eyes”
“Think No More, Lad”
“The Lads in Their Hundreds”
“Is My Team Ploughing?”

Rodgers.         O what a beautiful mornin

Gershwin.      Stairway to paradise

Organ Recital by Ivan Linford – Friday 1st March 2019

Ivan Linford, who was the first musician to kick off our series of Lunchtime Concerts last April, returned to entertain us with another selection of organ pieces. This time he brought his parents with him to hear him play:

March of the Men of Harlech
Prelude and fugue in F, BWF 556 – J S Bach
Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161 – Dietrich Buxtenhude
Fugue in C, BuxWV 174 – Dietrich Buxtenhude
Gavot (Concerto No.3) – John Stanley
Prelude on Rhosymedre – Ralph Vaughn Williams
Processional – William Mathias
Three movements from Water Music – George Frederick Handel
Air Bourrée Finale

Ivan always gives us an interesting introduction to each piece – in some cases playing short melody for us to listen out for during the piece proper. The range of pieces very nicely demonstrates just what our organ is now capable of. The clarity of the notes and hearing the different “voices” the organ is capable of is a real delight – and quite a change from the church hymns we hear on a Sunday.

Ivan tells us that the organ is “a little delight” – though his father (also an organist), like Maurice – still hankers after a “swell box”.

Ivan and his parents stayed for Charity Lunch. Hopefully there was such thing as a “free lunch” for such a great performer!

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If you’d like to sample a bit of his artistry, click on the video below.

Church Dinner – 23rd Feb.

We enjoyed another successful Church Dinner this year.

Pam & Brian Coombe and their friends prepared and served the dinner and Brian acted as MC. It’s a very well played-in team – this year being their 25th Church Dinner.

After the Dinner we were entertained by Gemma Turner.

If you’d like to view a few highlights, click on the triangle below.

Recital on 4th January – Findlay MacAlpine

Here is a photo of Findlay MacAlpine in full flow during his excellent programme of popular music  which charmed a very appreciative audience, judging by the smiles and foot tapping!

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biography dec 2018 – findlay macalpine

City Chamber Choir Christmas Concert – 4th December

The City Chamber Choir, led by our Director of Music, Stephen Jones, both entertained us and involved us in an inspiring start to the Christmas Season.

A varied, but Christmas themed programme brought us choral pieces, readings, an organ solo, and of course the Christmas carols – where we were encouraged to join in.

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Our vocal efforts were redoubled as the evening went on – and after a glass of wine – but sadly nobody was asked to audition for a place in the CCC.

If you would like to sample some of the pieces from the concert, please click on the triangle below.

The RSPCA remodels the Post Box outside our Church

We were delighted by the very thoughtful choice of a nativity scene to decorate the Post Box just opposite our church. We wish them every success in their fund-raising.

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Lunchtime Concert on 9th November – Alla Kravchuk and Simon Townley.

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At our lunchtime concert on 9th November Alla Kravchuk, with accompanist Simon Townley, sang for us Schumann’s ‘Frauenliebe und Leben’ song cycle, which puts into song the poetry of Adelbert von Chamisso.

I think we were all pretty well “blown away” by the performance.

Alla followed this up (as encore) with Schumann’s ‘Widmung’ and finished the performance off with “A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square”

We were enchanted by the singing, the accompaniment and by Alla and Simon themselves.

We so much hope they will come to us again.

Alla and Simon have allowed me to post a videoclip of ‘Widmung’ as a “taster” – or a wonderful reminder, if you were there!

Enjoy!!!

Music In My Life – Richard Osborn – 18th October

In another very enjoyable musical evening, Richard Osborn told us about the role music played his life as part of our regular “Music In My Life” series. Richard is one of our regular worship leaders for Sunday services when Nick is in Brookmans Park.

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Most of the pieces of music he chose were vocal recordings, but he did do one short live piece – Elmer’s Tune – with which he had won an award whilst at school.

Click on the triangle and enjoy?

Lunchtime Concert, 5th October

Our Director of Music, Stephen Jones, was the artist (and the hero of the hour – stepping in a short notice) for our Lunchtime concert on Friday.

If you missed it and would like to view a couple of the pieces played, please click on the arrow below.

Church Quiz Night 29th September

A very enjoyable evening, with a new Quizmaster – Steve England.

We raised over £230 for church funds and our raffle raised £122.

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A knotty problem?

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I know the answer!

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A vote of thanks to the Quizmaster and the organisers.

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One very happy organiser – it’s nearly over and a great success.

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A little thankyou for Steve England

Anna Le Hair – Lunchtime concert on 7th September at 12.30

Well those who missed it will have foregone a rare treat. Anna took our “new” Yamaha Grand through its paces with a varied selection of classical music. We were a select group so could hear the clarity of tone and watch those fingers flying over the keyboard from close up!

We all went on to our Charity Lunch feeling uplifted!

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If you’d like to hear Anna play Chopin’s Ballade No.4 op. 52 click below (it may take a little time to load, but the wait is worth it!)

And afterwards LUNCH!

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Grub is up!

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And it was!

Tuesday Friendship Tea Party  – 7th August

Exactly 10 minutes before the planned start we had the first drops of rain we had seen for quite some time. This caused a flurry of bringing in cushions, whilst the “stalwarts” stayed put – either with or without umbrellas. Then the sun returned and some umbrellas were redeployed as sunshades. Others moved to get into the shade.

Janet O’Connor had been baking furiously and Albert Waite made and served tea to all. We were very well looked after!

Cutting the cakes was devolved to a select few. They had various explanations for the quantities of cake on their plates (taking out for others) to be received with some scepticism?  In any event there was plenty for all and very tasty too!

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Take Cover!

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Sun is out!

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Frank amongst the roses.

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Nicely shaded

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Creativity!

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Church Secretary has a lean and hungry look?

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