Festive Community Open Day – 7th December 2019
Our first Festive Community Open Day was held on Saturday 7th November. It was an opportunity for all members of our Church Community to meet and to “showcase” the activities they hold in our church – to each other, to church members and to the public.
To give an added festive fling, church members manned a couple of our traditional stalls (a few echoes of Darkes Fayre) and provided tea, coffee, juice and biscuits. Local small enterprises added their ideas and their wares to the mix.
The dance demonstration events on the Tilbury Hall stage proved a real crowd pleaser. Angie’s Dance School, Nick’s Dance School and the Rythmix Dance Academy each provided a mix of dance styles to great acclaim. The U3A Country Dance Group kicked of the demonstrations in stately style, but then the tempo increased!
Angie’s Dance demos included her work with Special Educational Needs groups.
Our regular hirers – Kumon Maths, Angie’s Dance School UK, Nick’s Dance School & Rythmix, the Potters Bar Society and U3A Dancing all had stalls in the hall. Other stalls featured Flamingo Papiere (Greeting Cards), Usborne Books, Curly Swirls Bakes, Lucy Barnes Hair Scrunchies, Christmas Hampers, Face Painting, Face Glitter & Bows – the Patient Participation Groups of our three Potters Bar GP Practices combining for promotions on Health and Wellbeing.
The Open Day was planned and organised by our Lettings Team – Jane Wood and Caroline Sutherland.
You can see highlights of the day in the video below.
Simon Worley 8th November 2019
We ended the 2019 Lunchtime Concert Programme with a very enjoyable organ recital from Simon Worley, who is Music director at King Charles the Martyr in Potters Bar.
Our video clip (see below) picks up the concert at his second piece – Prelude, Fuge, et Variation, Op. 18 – Cesar Franck.
Simon finished up with Mozart Changes – Zsolt Gardonyi – a title which he suggests an association with jazz harmony. And indeed it did! – a light-hearted piece that was much appreciated by all.
If you would like to revisit the concert, or missed it, please click on the triangle on image the below.
Carrie Daggett 26th July 2019
We were delighted to welcome Carrie (and her mother Helen who accompanied her) to sing for us. Carrie certainly provided the flourish with which to end our series of lunchtime concerts, which now enters its summer break. We restart in October.
Carrie’s Programme was as follows;
• Ombra Mai fu – from Handel’s ‘Serse’
• Habanera – from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’
• Go lovely rose – Quilter
• King David – Howells
• A Chloris – R.Hahn
• L’enamouree – R.Hahn
• Tu n’est beau – from Offenbach’s ‘Perichole’
• So in love – Porter
• I could have danced – Lerner and Loewe
• The man I love – Gershwin
• Mister Snow – Rodgers and Hammerstein
• Can’t help lovin’ dat man – Kern
• My love is like a red red rose – Trad. Scottish
If you would like to revisit the concert, or missed it (eat your heart out!), please click on the triangle on image the below.
Gina Kruger 7th June 2019
Gina’s lunchtime concert fulfilled all the promise of her programme of Nocturnes, Airs and Laments.
We were pleased (and honoured) to have one of the composers, June Armstrong, in the audience to hear her pieces played. It was also June’s birthday, so we could sing a traditional “Happy Birthday” at the close of the concert.
One (very) young lady in the audience was highly impressed with the music. (It was her second lunchtime concert experience).
If you would like to refresh your memory of the concert, click below.
Organ Recital by Robert Green 10th May 2019
Robert’s lunchtime organ recital more than fulfilled the promise of his CV (see our Blog post) and again showed off our refurbished organ to great effect. We were so grateful to Robert and his wife for coming down from Herefordshire to entertain us. Robert is with Stephen Jones our Director of Music in the photo below.
If you’d like to relive the concert, please click on the triangle below. Robert introduces his programme and then plays the pieces – though not always in the order set out in the original programme!
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.
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”?
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!).
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.
Warlock. My own country
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!
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!
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.
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.
Lunchtime Concert on 9th November – Alla Kravchuk and Simon Townley.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Grub is up!
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!