Sunday afternoon 2 September saw the start of a very busy musical week for the organ fund with the band presenting a Tea Dance in St Mary & St Giles Junior School hall. The band had been preparing for several weeks. With some dancers who usually attend local tea dances away over the weekend the number of attendees was down a bit however those who came had plenty of enthusiasm for a Sunday afternoon dance and the afternoon went with a swing. The band wore red, white and blue and sported plenty of union flags in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the amazing efforts of the Great British athletes at the Olympics and Paralympics. We raised a remarkable £176 for the organ fund (£135 ticket sales, £41 raffle). I'd like to thank everyone who helped make this event such fun, especially Lesley who coordinated everything.
Now for the week ahead:
Tonight 3rd September we have the first of two concerts by LYRA vocal ensemble who are touring the UK from St Petersburg, Russia. They will be performing chants of the Russian Orthodox Church and folk songs of Russia at 7:30 pm. This is bound to be wonderful. If you can't make it tonight, they are also giving a short lunchtime concert in the church on Tuesday 4th September at 1:15 pm after lunchtime mass.
On Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September we are celebrating 130 years of our Willis 3 manual pipe organ with our first ever Organ Festival. This event takes place as part of the National Heritage Open Days and offers a feast of music and opportunities to find out more about the pipe organ. We have several organ recitals and concerts at various times over the weekend featuring the talents of Adrian Boynton, Simon and Philippa Dearsley, Laurence Caldecote, Stephen Moore, Adrian Lucas and Jonathan Harris, as well as young Milton Keynes Music Service organ scholars Jacob Collins, Eleni Simpson and Alex Grinyer. Everyone is very welcome. For more details about the various events in the festival please visit the Organ Festival webpage.