Beautiful Music in Birkenhead and Rock Ferry
December days can be dark and cold but last December was brightened by evenings of beautiful music. Father Philip McGovern, Parish Priest in Our Lady’s Church is a member of the Oriel Singers and he invited the Choir to perform Advent and Christmas songs in the Church after Mass on Saturday December 2nd. It was an event the parishioners and friends looked forward to as the Choir had given a concert of Lent and Easter music earlier in the year. Although the attendance was small all enjoyed the performance and look forward the return of the Choir during Lent.
On the following evening December 3rd the Liverpool Bach Collective came to sing a different kind of music. The performance of the Bach Cantata 30 was wonderful. It was the Cantata for the second Sunday of Advent telling the story of John the Baptist. This Choir visits the Churches in Liverpool and Merseyside, introducing Bach music and have a large following for their concerts.
Father Bernard Forshaw, Parish Priest in Saint Anne’s, Rock Ferry invited the Birkenhead Operatic Society to come to Saint Anne’s on Wednesday 14th December for a Carol Service and Christmas music . On arrival we were entertained to hot punch or a cold drink and a mince pie which put everyone into a happy mode. After the Carol Service the music changed to songs from the Musicals as well as popular Christmas songs in which all joined in. The singing was magnificent and an enjoyable evening ended all too soon.
The proceeds of the evening was divided between Saint Anne’s and the Birkenhead Operatic Society. It is hoped for further musical evening later in the year.
Sr. Teresa Harmon