Sunday, 18 November 2018

Children come together for church fund-raising concert

THREE children’s choirs came together for a concert at St Thomas’ Church in Goring.

THREE children’s choirs came together for a concert at St Thomas’ Church in Goring.

Singers from Berkshire Young Voices, part of youth music charity Berkshire Maestros, were joined by 27 Goring Primary School pupils and others from Streatley.

The 80-strong group were conducted by Elisabeth Croft and accompanied by pianist Andrew McKenna as they performed in front of 150 people.

The programme included Heavenly Airplane and A Gaelic Blessing, both by John Rutter, and the traditional hymn How Can I Keep From Singing?

During the first of these, which is a jazz-inspired song, they tapped the rhythm with their feet and clicked their fingers.

They also sang Make You Feel My Love, written by Bob Dylan and made popular by Adele. The concert raised more than £300, which will go towards the maintenance of the church roof.

It was organised by Elizabeth Parkinson, of Gatehampton Road, who is a teacher at Goring Primary School.

Her sons Stephen, 16, and Richard, 19, sang with Berkshire Maestros and she wanted other children to experience singing to an audience.

The Goring pupils started rehearsing in October but only performed with the other children on the day.

Mrs Parkinson said: “It all came together remarkably well. It was all about giving children in village schools the opportunity to perform and see how exciting it is.”

Refreshments were provided by the church and two of Mrs Parkinson’s friends.

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