Music at Longcauseway
The choir’s Sunday membership stands at four sopranos, four contraltos, two tenors and three basses. Regular choir rehearsals were held throughout the year on alternate Thursday evenings. In addition, I am grateful to other members of the congregation who we can rely on to augment our numbers for special services.
Our thanks go particularly to Eric Townend, who has retired due to ill health after singing in our choir, as well as previously in Earlsheaton and Central choirs. We were saddened at the sudden death of Anne Brown, who had been a member of the choir for several years and of the circuit choir.
The choir sang anthems at services on Good Friday (at Highfield), Easter Sunday, Harvest Festival, the Advent Praise service, the candlelight carol service and the Festival service in December. Several choir members joined with other singers from the Dewsbury & Mirfield Methodist churches for a concert at St. Andrew’s in September, under the direction of Keith Horner.
Over the last six years the choir has rehearsed and sung over 100 pieces of music, of all varieties. It is getting to a point now, however, when we really do need some more singers! Looking at most churches, we are lucky to have a strong choir to lead the singing on a Sunday morning. It is a wonderful enhancement to our worship, and you would notice the difference if they weren’t there…
We practice every other Thursday evening, and we do have a lot of fun. Please give it your consideration.
Concerts and Recitals
There have been eleven Wednesday afternoon concerts during 2012 given by a variety of musicians: trio One Accord, Dewsbury U3A Choir, Dewsbury Concert Society, singers Peter Cain, Pam Jagger, Jo Owen and Olivia Vine, our own church choir and John, Pam & Chris Hall and myself!
I am particularly grateful to dad for his accompaniment on many occasions. We have seen the audiences for these concerts steady at around 50 on average, and they contribute a surplus to church funds through donations left in the boxes.
Finally, I would like to express my own personal thanks to the many members of our church family who help in any way to contribute to the musical life of the church. Particular thanks go to our relief organist, John Hall, who does an excellent job of standing in when I am away and to the choir for their commitment and enthusiasm.