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The Grove Singers of London Summer Concert, Saturday 11th June 2011

The Grove Singers of London held a summer concert offering a medley of both traditional and more modern songs in the fantstic venue of St Mary's.

Friends of Newport Cup

Charity football match Sunday 4th October 2009

Held at Saffron Walden Town FC as a team of ex players and celebrity fans of Arsenal took on amateur club Sporting Hinton.

Arsenal charity game

Teddy Bears Parachuting Day

A day for brave bears as over 100 made the jump from the top of the church tower!

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Granta Chorale "Faire is the Heaven" Concert

Saturday 15th October 2011

St. Mary’s Church, Newport provided a ‘heavenly’ setting for Granta Chorale’s entertaining evening of musically varied pieces for double choir, ranging from the 16th to 20th Century.

From the crisp rendition of Croce’s ‘Regina Coeli’ and unique sound world of Frank Martin’s ‘Mass’ for double choir to the delightful presentation of two popular songs – ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Over the Rainbow’, Janet Wheeler led her versatile singers with energy and intensity, entertaining and challenging her audience. Moments of musical sensitivity were heard from all the singing parts – altos and basses gave a particularly rich sound, sopranos were melodious and tenors operatic in quality, all most assured in William Harris’s ‘Faire is the Heaven’, William Byrd’s ‘Laudibus in Sanctis’, and Monteverdi’s ‘Sfogava con le Stelle’.

The choir performances were interspersed with two lesser-known pieces by Jehan Alain and Hendrick Adriessen effectively showcasing the sound colours of the organ, introduced and played by David Parry-Smith (also singing bass in the choir). A most sociable interval, well-timed clock bell and light-winged, flitting church bats added to everyone’s enjoyment of this musical soiree.

Look out for future performances by Granta Chorale, outlined in their programme of the evening and at: www.grantachorale.org.uk.

Proceeds from the concert are to be divided between Granta Chorale and the Friends of St Mary's Church. The total sum raised is yet to be confirmed but will be in the region of £300.00 to each organisation. Thanks should go to John Barry, John Smith and Elaine for running the bar, to Cheryl for providing nibbles and to Norman and Barbara for ticket sales.

Submitted by: Berenice Smith

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