Saturday 1st October saw the grand finale of the 8th annual eight-day feast of a wide variety of music. We were treated to a series of most enjoyable concerts – both choral and instrumental – given by a range of performers from local schools to guests who had come from as far away as London. Each concert displayed both enormous levels of talent and dedication, backed by endless sources of energy and enthusiasm.
The opening concert on Saturday 24th September –
An Evening with Josh Xerri & Special Guests
Rather set the standard for the rest of the week. Our Director of Music has some very talented friends, as well as being very talented himself.
We experienced a female soloist, a female flautist, a male harpist, a Barbershop Quintet, and an unusual (but amazing) solo on the organ. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” will never be the same again.
Sunday Evensong gave way to a Festival Songs of Praise, for which the congregation (with the help of the committee) had chosen 11 of their favourite hymns. It was moving to hear a packed church echoing with the sound of people in full voice. As the congregation left at the end they enjoyed another amazing solo on the organ- which drew a round of applause from the aisles.
On Monday, we had The Stableford Guitar Trio
followed on Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, by two school choir concerts. Yet again, all our invited guests gave of their best and showed us the range of their ability. Attendances at each concert were between 50/150 people. Not only did the audience enjoy the concerts, they also made some very favourable comments about St. Benedict’s church itself.
On Friday night we were very happy to welcome “The Birmingham Savoyards” who performed a concert entitled “The Gilbert & Sullivan Story” featuring
many of the songs from all the G&S operas including, a wonderful updated version of the song “I’ve got them on the list” from The Mikado. It was a very topical parody which had the
audience smiling from ear to ear. In fact, the whole Gilbert and Sullivan evening was not only very enjoyable musically it was also very informative.
Finally, on Saturday evening, we closed our festival with a concert featuring “The Gentlemen Songsters” with their musical director Margaret Jones and invited soloist
Hilary Crowhurst, The first half of the concert featured the songsters in a varied programme of popular melodies which demonstrated their talents and included some audience participation to prepare us for the second half which took the form of a traditional “Last Night of the Wombourne Proms” concert. Yet again, the church resounded to the magnificent strains of, among others … Land of Hope & Glory, Rule Britannia, and Jerusalem. It was a very fitting way to end an inspiring week which was well received by large enthusiastic audiences
View the full photo gallery here. http://stbenedictbiscop.org.uk/2016/10/02/music-festival-2016/