The sound of music filled St James Church on Thursday 20th June

Melodies for Midsummer

The sound of music filled St James Church on Thursday 20th June, as we presented our contribution to the Churches Together in Old Bexley Music Festival, with an evening of Melodies for Midsummer.

The church was full and the audience enjoyed a varied programme of music ranging from English folksong to Elton John, The Beatles, Oasis and Labi Siffre, to Rodgers & Hart and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, performed by The Choir School and The Choir School Teens, Soul Train, guitarist and singer Ian Booth, saxophonist Paul Garrard, and our own St James Music Group – there was something for everyone.

During the interval in The Bothy we enjoyed refreshments of cheese and wine and soft drinks organised by our fundraising committee.

The evening was a huge success and our thanks go not just to the performers but to everyone who kindly gave their time to support the event both in Church and The Bothy. Although there was no charge for tickets, the audience kindly left donations which will go towards the upkeep of St James.

The Churches Together in Old Bexley Music Festival is held every year over a fortnight in June and July, and this year there were eleven free concerts to choose from. To bring the festival to a close there was an Open-Air Songs of Praise held in the grounds of Old Bexley Church of England Primary School.

We look forward to participating in next year’s Music Festival and hope to see you there. Thanks again for your support.

Maxine & Suzy, Churchwardens


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