Messiah comes to Town

Church News | Wednesday, 16 December 2015 |

By Joan

Jill Parkin

Jill Parkin

On 13th December Revd Carolyn welcomed over 200 people who had packed into St Mary’s Church to enjoy a concert organised by Jill Parkin in aid of the Organ Restoration Fund. The Cantata ‘Messiah Comes to Town’ is an original work by Patrick Appleford who wrote the words and music in 1992.

The choir was formed especially for the work and comprised of old friends, St Mary’s Church choir and students from The Sandon School.

Messiah Comes to Town tells the Christmas Story starting with Zechariah’s Vision in the Temple, then onto the Virgin Mary’s Vision at Nazareth – The story continued with Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth who was expecting a son, who was to be called John – John! Well, their family and friends just couldn’t believe it.

We were then transported to Bethlehem where Mary gives birth to the Holy Child and we hear about the angel’s visit to the Shepherds who were guarding their flocks in the fields. The cantata, concluded with the wonderful story of Simeon coming face to face with his Saviour from whence we get the Nunc Dimittis that we still sing today.

We were delighted to know that Patrick Appleford was in the audience to hear his work performed ‘the best ever’ he said, as he thanked Jill for all her work.

Jill then thanked all the soloists and orchestra performers individually and presented them with gifts before thanking the choir for such a brilliant performance of the work.

Revd Carolyn, then thanked Jill and presented her with a bouquet of flowers before we retired to St Leonard’s Hall for mince pies and mulled wine. What an event!

An amazing event!

An amazing event!

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