27 October 2014

Concert to mark St Andrew's Church's 50th anniversary

THE ORCHESTRA of St John will perform a special concert in Bromsgrove to mark the 50th anniversary of St Andrew’s Church in Charford.

The event will take place at 7.30pm in St John’s Church next Saturday (November 1) and will be followed by a celebratory service at St Andrew’s Church at 2pm on the Sunday (November 2).

It all began in the late 1950s when the then vicar at St John’s Church, the Reverend Shepherd, proposed that a church was needed to serve the growing community of Charford. He and parish member Christopher Pilkington worked tirelessly to raise the funds needed and the Church of St Andrew’s opened its doors for the first time in November 1964. The church was blessed by having the renowned craftsman, Robert Pancheri of the Bromsgove Guild amongst its congregation and he designed the altar, font and processional cross that are still used and cherished today.

A weekend of celebration will begin with a very special concert will take place in St John’s Church, Bromsgrove on Saturday 1st November 2014 to celebrate the opening of its daughter church, St Andrew’s, 50 years ago.

To mark this special event the Orchestra of St John will be giving a concert in St John’s Church featuring Bromsgrove’s own Charlotte Moseley (pictured) as the violin soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

Charlotte has grown up within the St John’s community and has given many concerts there to raise money for the Church. She is delighted to have the opportunity to play this passionate and exciting work with the Orchestra. The other works in the concert are Schumann’s Third Symphony, ‘The Rhenish’ which is Schumann’s reflections on happy vacations in the Rhine Valley, Brahms’ Tragic Overture and Borodin’s exciting overture to his opera, Prince Igor.

This concert will be conducted by the Orchestra’s Music Director, Richard Jenkinson and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10 with accompanied children and students free, and include interval refreshments. They are available on line from the artrix box office at www.artrix.co.uk, or by calling 01527 577330. Alternatively they can be reserved by calling the Parish Office on 01527 878801 or purchased on the door on the night of the concert from 6.30pm.

The Orchestra of St John is extending the rich tradition of music making at St John’s Church in Bromsgrove and its motto is ‘playing the full rainbow of classical music’. Amongst their many aims is the desire to introduce the music lovers of Bromsgrove to a wide range of classical music styles as well as giving opportunities to talented young musicians such as Charlotte to help them with their future musical careers.

On Sunday 2nd November 2014 at 2pm there will be a special service at St Andrew’s to celebrate this Golden anniversary. The newly-appointed Team Rector Christine Hofzapfel will lead the service and Revd Nigel Marns, much loved previous vicar of St Johns with St Andrews will be travelling from Cornwall to preach.

Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard