The sunny summer weather was perfect for two early evening concerts in the StonyLive! Programme in SMSG Church. At 6.30pm on Wednesday 10th June our Church Handbell Ringers gathered to ring a selection of their favourite tunes and to show the versatility of the the handbells (and their ringers!). They ranged from the hymn, 'How great thou art' to the energetic 'Can Can' and from the calypso-style 'Mango Walk' to the poignant 'Largo' from Dvorak's New World Symphony. The audience hummed along and were very supportive, many staying to enjoy some refreshments and the SMSG Church Band concert which followed at 7.30pm.
The Band concert's theme was songs from the 1940s and encouraged audience participation - we were not disappointed - there was excellent singing! Beginning with 'Colonel Bogey March' we enjoyed a 'Sentimental Journey' by packing up our troubles in our old kit bag and taking the Chattanooga Choo Choo to Berkeley Square. Television and film tunes were interspersed with a lovely flute and piano duet by Alison and Dave, playing the favourite 'Danny Boy' and Anna, Fiona and Sally treated us to two short flute trios. The evening was rounded off with 'The Dam Busters' by Eric Coates. Many thanks to all who rang and played and served refreshments and to the lovely audience whose donations of £75.58 will go towards a disabled access at the west door of our church.
by Lesley Salter, photos Anna Page