UPDATE WITH A FEW RECORDINGS OF PRACTICE SESSIONS
Its been a while since we had an update - so here are a few recordings of practice sessions - recorded on my mobile phone - not a true representation of the Instrument at all - however - GREAT to be back !!!!! We believe there may be some recordings of earlier concerts we can upload onto the site to watch this space !!!
A Fantastic Piece of the Music - The Royal British Legion March
A little cheating to include (something like) the Royal Marine Entry !!!
Messr's Boyce and Wood appear together- A Little Sea Faring Fantasy
Not exactly as I want - I need to Retreat to finish and Highland Cathedral to appear more elegantly - however - Enjoy
Copeland Appears to Join in the Fun
Retreat - Another little bit of Plagiarism from a Portsmouth based band !!!
23rd August Concert - its on !!!!!!
Good News - the 23rd Concert is on !!! There are a number of people who I would like to thank - my own company allowing me sufficient flexibility to return to Whitehaven not only to do this concert but to actively take part in the musical like of the Church once again - THANK YOU !!!! A special thanks to Dr Elizabeth Le Grove Director of Music at the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth for allowing me to use the magnificent Royal Navy Chapel Instrument - and a special thanks to the guys in Portsmouth for sufficient flexibility for time at the console - THANK YOU !!!!
Now its alleged all kinds of folks are coming along - Tielman Susato arrives in Grand Style with his Mohrentanz; Howells appears in a slightly down beat mood - which doesn't last too long as his Paean springs to life; Jenkins makes another wonderful re-appearance with his Emotive Benedictus from The Armed Man a Mass for Peace; Johann Walch challenges the Instrument to do its best to imitate the Massed Bands; Bach makes an appearance with Pachelbel to induce a little clam before Léon Boëllmann arrives; Messiaen is due - followed by a sea faring Fantasy !!! - among many others !!!!
Welcome to the United Reformed Church Whitehaven Music Page. You can find details of all our upcoming concerts, the history of the Fantastic Instrument we are so fortunate to have in the Church, our present Organist and how the regular concerts we enjoy came about. Please do explore the site as there is a wealth of information and concert and service recordings. As a major new addition to the site - Frank Bowler Director of Music in St Bees Priory has been a magnificent support and I'm delighted to include a St Bees page where we can get a glimpse of Franks work at St Bees. We hope you enjoy this page. Please do pass the site information onto friends and family who might like to join us at our concerts.
Aims of the Project and Concerts
The primary focus of our monthly concerts is to have fun, create enjoyment and provide a focal point to bring the community together; visitors to Whitehaven; Local Office Workers & Shoppers and Traders et al.. We try to provide a variety of music using the piano and voice as well as the magnificent instrument in the church. By providing a focal point for local musicians its is hoped over time the URC in Whitehaven will attract a variety of musicians to entertain what is always a very appreciative and welcoming audience. As a result of the concerts we are raising valuable funds to support the maintenance of the Instrument - more on that to come !!!