Cream teas and music on August Bank holiday has become one of the organ fund traditions and this year we decided to provide the music during the afternoon with the refreshments rather than have a concert after the cream teas, which is what we have done in previous years. We invited young people from Milton Keynes Music Service to play. Of course many whom we asked were away on holiday so were not available, however the volunteers who came proved during the afternoon how much they love to play music and their enthusiasm was infectious. There was no published programme - it was up to them to bring their own music and decide what to play.
Jacob played organ, violin and piano and also sang, Priyasha played in the string trio, the piano and sang, Maddy played in the string trio and sang, Steph played in the string trio and sang, Rachel sang, Eleanor played violin and sang and Rosie played violin. The string trio played their own arrangement of a modern song by The Fray.
Despite the rather miserable weather outside we had a steady stream of people come to eat cream teas and listen. When the teenage musicians decided to sing an unaccompanied piece they had all done during their recent music service trip to Paris, the noisy audience went very quiet and listened intently. In Paris they had sung 'Fix You' by Coldplay in a group of 50 teenagers, with some backing instruments, this time they sang it a capella practically unrehearsed since the trip in July, and did very well.
We had a great team who delivered fliers and posters, baked scones and cakes, set out tables and chairs, served cream teas and cleared up afterwards, so a big thank you to David, Lesley, Kath, Keith, May, Nina, Fiona and Dai for making the afternoon run so smoothly and to Ellie, Jackob, Priyasha, Steph, Maddie , Rachel and Rosie for providing such wonderful musical entertainment. We raised a total of £302.68 (including some gift aid) for the Organ fund.