Throughout the year the All Souls Orchestra enjoy touring a couple of smaller towns to provide a mini Prom Praise. On Saturday 24 March they went to Hailsham to celebrate the end of a successful missions week.
Anna Thomas, who works with our Orchestra tells us more about it.
“It was an absolute privilege to join the Hailsham Parish Church on Saturday 24 March for their final event of their mission week. Hosting 21 events for the Hailsham community, their team worked very hard and it was a joy to bless them with a concert on the Saturday night. The church was packed – and we were even joined by the mayor of the town!
A small-but-mighty ensemble from All Souls Orchestra performed a wide variety of exciting music, following a theme of ‘Classic FM favourites’. A West Side Story selection and The Lord of the Rings Suite were particular favourites, along with Meditation from Thais, played beautifully by orchestra leader Caron Cavalier. We were also joined by soprano Joanne McGahon, who sang a mix of opera classics, sacred and gospel music.
Some members of the orchestra then stayed overnight to join the Sunday service, leading both traditional and modern hymns; All Creatures of our God and King and Your Love Will Last Forever (a favourite with the children). Joanne McGahon then joined us again to sing Amazing Grace alongside the Hailsham Music Director, Chris Taylor, to lead us in worship. It was a great, enjoyable and lively weekend, especially considering the time change on Saturday night!”