Our Crib Festival this year was held between December 1st and 3rd with the church beautifully decorated with fifty four Nativity scenes ranging from the Ray Dyke's spectacular scene complete with real sand to the small but no less beautiful scenes. Pictured are some of the Cribs from this year’s Festival.

CANTERBURY TALES
OF A CHOIR CONCERT
The Simon Langton School for Boys, Canterbury Chamber Choir

Saturday 2nd December 2017

On Saturday evening 2 December St.Blasius Church was the venue for a fine concert given by the Chamber Choir of the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys at Canterbury.  This was a repeat visit, as we hosted a similar concert in 2016.

The Chamber Choir consists of boys and young men from the school, ranging from 'year 7' pupils aged 11/12 through to the 'Upper Sixth' at the senior end, singing in four-part harmony.  They sang a balanced variety of ancient and modern music, ranging from Vivaldi and Mendelssohn to Philip Stopford and Will Todd.  They also included a Gilbert & Sullivan medley, that they clearly enjoyed very much.  Many of their choral pieces also included solos or duets for various voices.

The choir was led by their highly qualified and experienced Musical Director, Emily Renshaw, who originates from the Island.  Her great enthusiasm was clearly evident, transmitted into the performance given by every member of the choir.  One of the younger students also performed a very competent saxophone solo, and a splendid guitar solo was given by one of the older pupils.  He was later joined by two others, to perform an enjoyable guitar trio.  The whole evening's music was accompanied on our Clavinova by Fergus Carver, a senior student at Canterbury, and a very accomplished player.  He also gave a short solo recital towards the end of the evening's entertainment.  This was another wonderful evening of music, with an interval when mulled wine was served.

THE ST BLASIUS CRIB FESTIVAL 2017

The choir had spent their weekend on the Island, and had already given two similar concerts at venues in Cowes on the Friday evening and Saturday morning, so ours was their last engagement before their return to Canterbury on the Sunday.  They very generously made no charge for coming, so all of the retiring collection will go to our Church funds.   The almost capacity audience enjoyed what they did, and the effort they all put into it.  We hope they will return again next year, and look forward to another great concert from this fine school choir.

Terry Jones

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