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175th Anniversary Of St Paul’s Church

1st of November 2013

The 175th Anniversary Celebration of St Paul’s Church began on 6 October with a concert of a fine orchestra and augmented St Paul’s Choir with Keith Beniston conducting. Keith had put together a superb collection of Light Music commencing with ‘Whitehall’ by Haydn Wood, the middle section of which was used as the signature tune for ‘Down Your way’. The congregation joined in singing ‘Spirit of God’ to the tune of ‘Skye Boat Song’.and the orchestra played ‘Calling all Workers’ by Eric Coates and Trevor Duncan’s ‘The Girl from Corsica’. A highlight of the evening was Howard Goodall’s wonderful version of Psalm 23 better known as the theme from ‘The Vicar of Dibley’. Our own rector, Rev. Michele, later spoke of the last 175 years and then looked forward to the next. Keith and John Wyatt gave a rousing organ duet version of John Philip Sousa’s march ‘The Stars and Stripes’. It was then the turn of guest brass quintet, J50, to perform everything from Sea Shanties to Fats Waller; ‘Ain’t Misbehaving’ to ‘Ain’t She Sweet’. Our rugby playing trumpet player, David Marley, arrived on crutches for the event which included Percy Grainger’s ‘Shepherds’s Hey’ and Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Comedy Tonight’. The ensemble’s performance concluded with Leroy Anderson’s ‘Bugler’s Holiday’. The orchestra and choir continued with ‘Dusk’ by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs and Eric Coates well-known signature tune of Desert Island Discs ‘By the Sleepy Lagoon’. Choir and orchestra performed Henry Mancini’s ‘Moon River’, and ‘Sailing By’, the shipping forecast!, by Ronald Binge was also played. ‘Barwick Green’, signature of The Archers followed and the show ended with an exciting version of Leroy Anderson’s ‘The Typewriter’ featuring percussion player Malcolm Ball on a genuine old- style typewriter. A wonderful concert of music from the 20th century ended with everyone singing ‘Come ye thankful people come’ which dates back to around the time St Paul’s Church was built way back in 1838. Terry Simmonds

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