Review of the 14th season of Coffee Concerts – 2018_19

As the 14th season of Coffee Concerts comes to an end, it was a pleasure to finish with our Junior Church Choir. There were only 6 of them performing but they sang out so beautifully, both in unison and in 2 parts. They also took it in turns to announce each song.

Audiences for coffee concerts are generally quite small but all the music is appreciated, and over £500 has been raised for church funds from the 8 concerts

this season.

As usual we have had a great variety of music in this year’s coffee concerts. October brought a concert given by the adult church choir. Even though the choir have no musical director at the moment they have continued to provide music for worship at St james’ The concert in October had a mixture of anthems for use throughout the year.  The choir version of the Choristers’ pray can be found on YouTube here  https://youtu.be/yRuuY7fcx8o

In December we were lucky to welcome back Leeds Folk Fiddler’s Group with their mixture of lively music and contemplative tunes. Hopefully they will be back again soon. They always want to do 2 sets and played during coffee time as well as giving us the concert.

In January Heather Woodhead gave a programme of music written by female composers. Some well-known, some less so. As usual ability assisted by Tim Knight on piano and Alison Battye on flute.

The February concert was given by Evelyn Wright, accompanied by her Mum Helen. Evie is quickly becoming a singer we can be proud of at St James’ as everyone who came will certainly vouch for!

We had a guest singer in March – from the Heritage Masterworks Chorale. Anne Parker was giving one of her first recitals as a soprano solo singer and we were delighted she sang for us. Anne was accompanied by Sue Wanty on piano.

There was no coffee concert in April – as April was full of holidays: School hols, Easter hols, then quickly followed by May day.

May gave us a great concert by our own soprano Helen Wright, accompanied by Carole Cox. The theme was ‘testing times’ as she sang songs she had previously sung in exams and told us about why and when she sang them.

So that takes us full circle through our 14th season. Live music is good for the soul and takes it takes guts to get up there and perform in front of an audience. Please supprt everyone in the 15th season next year. Coffee concerts are held on either the 1st or 2nd Saturday of the month, in church,  from October to June.

Concerts cost £3 including refreshments and you can pay on the door

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: heather.woodhead@gmail.com