Events past and present
Axbridge Church Fete – Saturday 15th June
We began our singing with ‘Good Day Sunshine’, which lifted spirits since the fete was relocated in the church and Town Hall due to the current British monsoon!
The theme this year was HATS so we proceeded with an interactive arrangement by Sarah Kendall of ‘Where did you get that Hat?’. The choir brought a range of hats – bowlers, straw hats, mortar board, Arabian headwear to use as props for the chorus:
Chorus: 'Where did you get that hat? Where did you get that tile?
Isn't it a nobby one and just the proper style.
I should like to have one just the same as that.'
Where'er I go they shout 'Hello, where did you get that hat?'
I once tried hard to be PM, but failed to get elected
Upon a tub I stood and said “what shall we do with Brexit?”
And I had dodged the milkshakes (which was no easy task)
When one man cried, 'A question I the candidate would ask'
SPOKEN: 'Sir, thousands of British working people are anxiously awaiting enlightenment on the subject on which I am about to address you. It is a question of national importance, in fact, THE great problem of the day, and that is, sir...
The song was much appreciated, bringing joy and laughter to the afternoon.
‘O Waly Waly’, ‘Come again Sweet Love’ and ‘I got Rhythm’ were given their first performance, followed by favourites such as ‘Wise Men Say’, ‘Tea and Buns’ and ‘Ipharadisi’.
Christmas in Axbridge Square 2018
‘Prelude to Peace’
Church of St John the Baptist, Axbridge 10/11/18
A procession, singing Dona Nobis Pacem, opened a bold and ambitious evening, tracing a line from the first World War to the present. The evening was a seamless tapestry of music, readings and visual images, rooted in the socio- economic contexts of past conflicts, and written by a group of Axbridge people, including our very own David Parkin. Performed in two halves by a team of volunteers from the local community, and to a full church, the first half focussed less on the devastation of war itself, but rather the aftermath – globally, nationally and locally.
The second half was a reflection and celebration of peace and peacemakers. Two songs by the choir portrayed the preciousness of peace: ‘Shalom Aleichem’, a gift from our friends, the French choir ‘Cantagarrigue’, was rewritten in English for the evening. ‘Child with Dove’, composed by our choral director, Stella Moore, ended the evening with a message about the fragility of peace, and was inspired by the Picasso painting. Participation in the evening was a great joy and it was a privilege to contribute to the message of peace – an important mission for everyone.
Lyme Regis Folk Festival September 2018
Visits from Dan Landrum and Aaron O'Rourke from Tenessee and Cantagarrigue from France, May 2018