12 October 2013 – Music is for Everyone, St Mary’s Old Church
It’s our Tudor church’s 450th birthday, so we’re performing music (probably) written by Henry VIII, and (definitely) by Byrd, Vaughan Williams, and that prolific composer, Anon. We’re also acknowledging the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth with his setting of Christopher Smart’s ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’. Forget TS Eliot and Lloyd Webber, this work contains THE definitive song about a cat.
St Mary’s last major relaunch was after being bombed in 1940s and we’re marking that with Gershwin music from that period – raising the roof with excerpts from ‘Porgy and Bess’. Audience participation obligatory.