Gala Concert

Discussion in 'The Auditorium - Concert Details' started by Highams, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. Highams

    Highams Member


    Saturday October 16th. 7pm

    St. Mary's Parish Church, Church Street, Slough, Berkshire.

    The first in a series of concerts to raise funds for the much needed restoration of the 1912 Norman & Beard organ

    Featuring the Reading Minster Mid Week Choir, Directed by David Butler
    James Paget, Organ
    Jonathan Rowe, Piano
    The Little Phoebe Brass Quintet

    Admission free with a retiring collection.
  2. Highams

    Highams Member

    Dear Friends,

    For almost a century, the magnificent organ in St. Mary’s has been a central feature in the life of St. Mary’s with the most important role of supporting the worship week by week as well as producing magnificent music for many important civic and social events throughout the years.

    In the last 20 years it has become a focal point of the regular Saturday concerts. It has been involved in concerts for familiar music and premiers of music written especially for it in addition to recitals for schools and choirs in Berkshire and beyond.

    The organ was built in 1912 by Norman and Beard; it is now showing considerable signs of age and currently needs urgent repairs to keep it going. These repairs will cost £7,500. Thanks to a couple of generous donations £1000 has already been raised towards this. However, in the long term to bring this instrument into the 21st Century and to ensure its future and contribution to the life of St. Mary’s for another 100 years work is required which will need funds in excess of £250,000

    We would like to invite you to a Gala Concert on Saturday 16th October at 7.00 pm, marking the launch of our appeal to raise the remaining £6,500 needed for repairs. The concert will feature Reading Minster Mid Week Choir, James Paget (organ) the Little Phoebe Brass Quintet and Jonathan Rowe (piano).

    Entry to the concert is free, and there will be a retiring collection. We intend that this concert will be the first in a series of similar events over the next few months, so that we can start the important work of repairing the organ as soon as possible.

    Please spread the word, and encourage as many people as possible to attend. We hope you can join us on 16th for what promises to be a spectacular evening. Refreshments will be available.

    Yours sincerely

    Malcolm Stowell, Organist and Choirmaster

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