Songs of Peace and Protest

 8th November 2014

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The Choir and Musicians held their third evening of songs and hymns with a difference on Saturday 8th November. A small but appreciative audience were treated to a variety of sacred and secular music linked by the theme of peace. Protest – speaking out against war and injustice – is an integral part of the peace process and part of the prophetic mission of every baptised person. Blessed are the peacemakers…

Peace doesn’t just happen and it is more than just an absence of conflict in our immediate neighbourhood. And there are different kinds of peace – explored through song.  So among the repertoire were songs from Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, including the anthem, We Shall Overcome; a lullaby from James Taylor, Sweet Baby James; some Taizé chants; and Bridge Over Troubled Water penned by Paul Simon.

The audience were invited to join in as much as they could and enjoyed singing along to some old favourites especially Make Me a Channel of your Peace and at the end, what has become very much the anthem of the Choir, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

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 A glass of wine and nibbles were served afterwards in the Parish Centre and
the event raised £225 for the Building Fund.

The Choir hope to put on another concert in the summer so watch this space!