The 1st coffee concert of the 10th anniversary season was an organ recital given by Tim Knight. www.timknightmusic.com This was a fitting start to the 10th season as Tim was the person who started coffee concerts at St james back in 2004, when he was the director of music. Unfortunately the organ was still covered in plastic while work was being done building toilets.
The November concert was given by half of the Rossenby Duo – Matthew Lazenby. Unfortunately Fiona Ross who is the other half of the duo was ill. Matthew performed another fantastic organ recital. Hopefully they will be able to perform next year as a duo as Fiona has a wonderful voice and Matthew a great accompanist.
December brought us a concert given by CUB:
Jacob Pyrah, Jack Hewitt, Daniel Mee and Melissa Brill .
They delighted us with covers of songs by Taylor Swift, Lewis Watson and many others. This was a first concert by this group of young people who all took a turn in leading vocals.
The January coffee concert slot was a singing day with a difference. Rather than a half hour concert it was replaced with ‘O sing unto the Lord…’ a day to come & sing and learn some music, concluding with an Epiphany Service at 3pm Lots of people came to join in and sing ably directed by our director of music Peter Condry.
February was a concert on the theme of ‘songs from a day in the 1st world war’ given by Heather Woodhead. www.reverbnation.com/heatherwoodhead Heather has been taking poems written in the 1st world war by female poets (from a woman’s point of view) and setting them to music. Some of these songs were featured alongside other music written around the time of the 1st world war. Heather was joined by Alison Battye’s wonderful flute playing for some of the pieces.
March was a concert given by Helen Wright with the title ‘A morning at the movies’ Helen entertained us with her beautiful pure voice accompanied by Carole Cox. Her daughter Evelyn also sang with her in this concert. I reckon Evelyn is ready to do a full concert of her own next year!
There was no coffee concert in April due to the 1st Saturday being Easter Saturday. But the May concert was a concert of sacred music for lent and Easter given by the church choir. Even though there were only 4 or 5 of them singing they managed to sing in 2, 3 and 4 parts!
June brought a visiting organist Christopher Newton. It is great to have people giving their time up for nothing and Chris gives many organ recitals across Leeds and beyond so we were very lucky he agreed to come and do a concert for us. The audience demanded an encore and visitors had the chance to play the organ too!
The last concert of this season was given by St James music group: Helen Wright, Heather Woodhead, Barbara Dunkley, Karen Gray, Rebekah Nunns, Sam Parker and Clare Pyrah. They provided a concert of modern sacred music and the words were shown on the screen for anyone who wanted to join in.
Coffee concerts are planned with 4 objectives in mind:
• Providing a place for people to come together for coffee/tea
• Providing a mixture of different types of music
• Giving local or up and coming artists an audience
• Raising some money for St James Church
In the past we have had solo artists, clarinettists, flautists, school bands, school choirs, singers, organists, pianists etc. If you would be interested in doing a concert please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org