Outlook Issue 26 Winter 2018
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Concerts galore!
A musical first for St Mary’s? Almost certainly when the Ipswich Musicians Union Big Band came to church recently, playing the music of Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich among others in aid of the Jetty Lane Project and the Friends of St Mary’s. Hosted by the Friends, who served refreshments on the night, the lively, foot- tapping jazz event attracted more than 150 people, raising over £1,000 for the charities. Other events in a busy Friends’ programme for October included the dulcet choral tones of Illuminati, who produced a performance of intensity and humour with their Songs and Madrigals for an Autumn Evening. Another classical feast, this time of Schubert and Beethoven, from the Prometheus Orchestra and the virtuoso talents of Nick Marshall, Auline Melbourne and Mark Troop bringing some operatic Verdi, Mozart and Lehar to the church. On Sunday afternoon of 18 November, the Farlingaye Chamber Choir will perform alongside instrumental soloists at another Friends Woodbridge Prom Concert; a cheerful, rousing occasion, where audience participation should help to provide a grand finale. A priority for the Friends over the coming weeks and months is to help fund over £30,000 worth of urgently needed repairs to the church bells. New Friends, ideas and support for church and other events is always welcome. Do contact me anytime on Woodbridge 385384. Nick Cottam