Review: Rejoice with Heart and Voice, Gracious Street Methodist Church.

Rejoice with Heart and Voice Gracious Street Methodist Church

AN audience of well over 100 people was welcomed to Gracious Street Methodist Church by Rev David Ely for a concert entitled ‘Rejoice With Heart and Voice’ given by the newly formed Churches Together Choir ‘With One Accord.’

The concert was the brainchild of Maryjo Mainwaring-Taylor (St Mary’s RC Church) and Gordon Smith (Knaresborough United Reformed Church) as a way of supporting the Gracious Street Methodist COGS (Centre on Gracious Street) Appeal.

They had devised a varied and attractive programme and shared the conducting between them, with pieces ranging from Brahms ‘How lovely are thy dwellings fair’ and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Crown of Roses’ to Lloyd Webber’s ‘Any dream will do’ and a medley of traditional African and Punjabi songs.

Although some of the pieces were sung unaccompanied, accompanist, Brian Hoare (Gracious Street Methodist Church) was kept busy throughout the evening at both piano and organ.

Duets were sung by Carmel Wake and Sarah Branson, Carmel also singing with Damien Tolan in a medieval carol.

By way of contrast to the musical items, the programme included a variety of readings and poems read by Christine Carter, Joan Silvester, Stuart Kneeshaw, Simon Knowles and Josie Burdon representing different churches in Knaresborough.

Further variety during the evening was provided by violin duets skilfully played by two young members of the Passerello family, a woodwind ensemble comprising the Barrington family with Mike Hughes and trumpet solos by Nathan Wake.

The concert concluded with a setting of The Lord’s Prayer composed by accompanist Brian Hoare and of The Grace by conductor Gordon Smith, before choir, audience, trumpet and organ brought the evening to a triumphant ending with the hymn ‘Tell out my soul the greatness of the Lord.’

A total of 821 was raised towards the COGS appeal, and the audience was pleased to hear that tenders are now out for the work to begin on the first phase in September.

l The next COGS event is a riverside Open Garden with Strawberry Teas at Nidd House, Abbey Road, Knaresborough on Saturday, June 28 from 2pm-4.30pm.

Other Open Gardens during the summer in aid of COGS are at 2, St Robert’s Road (Sunday, July 6), 20, Norwood Road (Saturday, July 12), 1, Aspin Park Lane (Saturday, July 19) and 14, Dentdale Drive (Friday, August 1) all from 2pm to 4.30pm. There will be afternoon tea and stalls at each location and all are welcome.

Joyce Hoare