Performers and audience members braved unprecedented rain and
floods for Clitheroe Christians in Partnership’s annual 'Joy to the
World' concert at Trinity Methodist Church and Community Hub on Sunday
13 December. This was the first such concert in the newly refurbished
building since the church reopened as a multi-purpose venue early this
year after extensive development and, filled to capacity, it proved the
Organiser, Steuart Kellington
conducted The Ribble Valley choir and an orchestra of local musicians
with a host of talented performers for a celebration of Christmas with
traditional and modern carols, drama, poetry, and dance.
year’s programme included ancient and modern material from a 19th
century reading by James Russel Lowell to the Gary Barlow and Andrew
Lloyd Webber composition, ‘Sing’ written to celebrate the Queen’s
diamond Jubilee. Traditional congregational carols included 'O Little
Town of Bethlehem' and 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing'.
of Clitheroe Christians in Partnership, Nigel Rix thanked Steuart
Kellington and his wife, Anita for their time and efforts in
organisation such a wonderful evening. He said that the ensemble piece
arranged by Michael Clawson bringing together ‘The First Noel’ and
'Pachebel’s Canon' was ‘soul enhancing’.
Ian Humphreys, Minister of Trinity Methodist Church said that through
music, dance and drama connections are made that words alone cannot
make. He thanked everyone for taking part in the concert for helping to
share the message of Christ’s redeeming love at Christmas.
Steuart, 'The concert marked the beginning of Christmas for me! It was a
wonderful experience conducting the
choir and orchestra for some of my
favourite Christmas music. Conducting 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' at
the end of the concert with such enthusiastic singing from the choir and
the capacity audience was thrilling!'
Valley Mayor, Councillor Bridget Hilton and the Mayor of Clitheroe,
Councillor Susan Knox and her consort, Alan Knox were in attendance. A
retiring collection was taken for Christian Aid with special reference
to the plight of the refugees in the Middle East - £818.62 was raised - a magnificent sum!