Written by All Saints Crowborough Music Director, Cathy Allen
What a joy it was to praise God with the All Souls Orchestra and our gathered choir at both the concert on Saturday and the Sunday morning service at All Saints church – we called it All Souls at All Saints. The whole church was filled with light and sound, jubilantly magnifying our Lord.
We were delighted by soprano soloist Alexandra Kennedy singing popular songs from shows and opera, as well as the diversity of the orchestra performing a wide range of styles from Vaughan-Williams to Waltzs and Film music. Orchestra leader, Caron Cavalier enchanted us on the violin and set our feet dancing with Riverdance. Vicar, Steve Rees, in his dapper outfit, gave an inspiring talk.
The choir reminded us that we are celebrating 500 years since the Reformation began by singing a wonderful arrangement of A Mighty Fortress. The audience joined in with both hymns and modern songs of praise.
On the Sunday morning some All Saints musicians had the privilege of playing alongside the All Souls Orchestra in the service. We also had the wonderful opportunity of hearing from Noël about the exciting work of the orchestra as well as an interview with French horn player, Jasmine Tan.
Choir member, Nate Longstaff said “Partaking in sung worship with an orchestral accompaniment is a magnificent and powerful experience. As a leader and conductor, Noël has a unique presence and energy that brings music to life in a way both spiritually profound and tremendously fun.”
Revd Steve Rees commented that the weekend was “Hugely encouraging – a great blessing and joy for the church family. An amazing opportunity to ask friends to a high class event. All my guests were blown away and deeply moved by the concert and to my delight some have signed up for Life Explored!”
A wonderful night!