American choir to perform in aid of Cambridgeshire church

American Choir in Ely

Music Celebrations International

presents

Music at First Touring Choir

with

MUSICAL MOMENTS

in Histon Baptist Church

on Sunday 21 July 2019  – 7.30pm

Entry free on the door with a retiring collection in aid of Histon Baptist Church

with John Howard, director

Martha Sandford-Heyns & Gloria Carey, Organists

The Music at First Touring Choir

and featuring

THE LAVENDER BARN WIND QUINTET

In a glorious concert to support Histon Baptist Church, The Music at First Touring Choir is joined by the Lavender Barn Wind Quintet to perform Musical Moments, a cornucopia of pieces by British and American composers.

The choir’s entertaining and lively programme features a wide range of British and US choral classics, hymns, sacred works, organ pieces and spirituals, some with organ or piano accompaniment, and some sung unaccompanied. They include Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Let all the World in Every Corner Sing, Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem, and a range of traditional, spiritual and more modern songs from across the Atlantic.

Complementing this, the quintet will be playing Mozart’s Divertimento in F major, K213, and a selection of popular classics from composers such as MacDowell, Beethoven and Gilbert and Sullivan.

The choir, which heralds from The First Presbyterian Church of Grand Junction, Colorado (USA), kicked off in 2017 with a tour to Germany for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This was so successful that in 2019 they are visiting Scotland, England and Ireland.

Director and conductor John Howard is a musician and academic with considerable experience as an organist, conductor and teacher. Before his current appointment as Director of Music and Worship Arts at The First Presbyterian Church of Grand Junction, Colorado, he served in similar positions at a number of other churches in California and Mississippi. Academic appointments have included teaching and conducting at high school, collegiate and university levels. He is a freelance accompanist in the music department at Colorado Mesa University and most recently has accepted a position as music teacher at Intermountain Adventist Academy.

The Lavender Barn Wind Quintet is based locally, with players from Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. It plays across the whole spectrum of music for wind group, the only condition being that it must be enjoyable!

This free concert should be great fun – a lovely way to spend a summer’s evening.

There will be a retiring collection in aid of Histon Baptist Church.

Histon Baptist Church

Station Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN

Tel: 01223 720733

https://www.facebook.com/events/413289092605250/

The Music at First Touring Choir and the Lavender Barn Wind Quintet perform a concert of popular classics, spirituals, folk and modern musical delights.


Further Information:

Musical Moments, Histon Baptist Church, Station Road, Histon, Sunday 21 July 2019, 7.30pm

A choir from Grand Junction, Colorado, in the central USA, is making its first ever visit to the UK this July and will be giving a concert in Histon Baptist Church at 7.30pm on Sunday 21st July 2019 to raise funds for the church’s activities.

Following the success of its first tour, which was to Germany in 2017, the Music at First Touring Choir tour is visiting Scotland, England and Ireland in 2019 and will be in Cambridge for just one performance of Songs from Across the Pond.

The lively concert, entitled Musical Moments, includes a cornucopia of British and US choral classics, hymns, sacred works, organ pieces and spirituals, some with organ or piano accompaniment, and some sung unaccompanied. They include Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Let all the World in Every Corner Sing, Hubert Parry’s And All the Earth Shall Own Him Lord, and a range of traditional, spiritual and more modern songs from across the Atlantic.

This is our first visit to the UK as a choir,” says director Dr John Howard. “We formed the touring choir to explore our world beyond Grand Junction, to grow musically and to learn about important historical sites related to our faith, and to share our faith through our music in places beyond our community. To be able to support Histon Baptist Church, which shares many of our values, is a particular boon.”

We are delighted to be hosting Music at First Touring Choir at Histon Baptist Church and are thrilled that they will be performing in support of our church,” says the pastor, the Rev Ron Day. “This is a wonderful opportunity to hear a wonderful American choir singing right here in our church in what promised to be a really exciting programme.”

The Music at First Touring Choir is part of Music at First at The First Presbyterian Church of Grand Junction, Colorado, USA. Music at First is a community of musicians that seeks to offer music of the highest quality in services and concerts. The choir draws on singers from the community as well as from the First Presbyterian Church.

Director and conductor John Howard is a musician and academic with considerable experience as an organist, conductor and teacher. Before his current appointment as Director of Music and Worship Arts at The First Presbyterian Church of Grand Junction, Colorado, he served in similar positions at a number of other churches in California and Mississippi. Academic appointments have included teaching and conducting at high school, collegiate and university levels. He is a freelance accompanist in the music department at Colorado Mesa University and most recently has accepted a position as music teacher at Intermountain Adventist Academy.

Entrance to the concert is free and there will be a retiring collection in aid of Histon Baptist Church.