Organ Recital, St Helen's Church, Sefton
evening of Saturday 1 March 2008, an opening recital
was held at St Helen's Church, the Parish Church of Sefton,
on its newly restored organ. This was given by Anthony
Nightingale, who is one of four regular organists at that
church. The concert was introduced by the Rector of Sefton,
Mrs I B Cowell, and a retiring collection was taken for the
Church funds. Thanks were given to all who had helped
achieve this very successful restoration.
The ancient church provides a very atmospheric setting for
this instrument, which remains as a hundred percent pipe
organ. David Wyld, Managing Director of Henry Willis and
Sons, and his foreman, Fred Preston, are to be complemented
on their stupendously successful restoration work.
organist, Mr Nightingale treated his audience to a very varied
selection, which demonstrated the capabilities of this magnificent
organ. From quaint refrains such as Haydn's Three Pieces for a
Musical Clock to the more familiar Handel's 'March of Scipio'
Regimental Slow March of the Coldstream Guards), the delicate
'In Paradisum' by Dubois, and the intricate haunting of
Yon's 'Melody for Flute', also other sonorous tender
pieces culminating in the much chosen 'Widor Toccata in F' with it
powerful crescendo. The interesting and carefully chosen
assortment of interesting music was well received by all. The
evening was rounded off pleasantly by the availability of light
Do join the congregation sometime in the welcoming church and
experience the organ first hand. Also worth noting, Sefton Church is
holding an Easter Open Day, on 24 March from 2pm to 4.30pm, with
refreshments, stalls and tours.
radio services get the green light!
Radio Licensing Committee (RLC) has awarded KCC Live a
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The station is based in a further education
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which broadcast within the college.
The group’s links with
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committed staff and secured funding.
The station’s clearly
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gain proposals, with a clear focus on serving its
underserved target community, giving its young participants
a voice and, through its links to the parent college, a well
documented, tried and tested processes for bringing
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