Sun May 1: MusicFest 2016

Bells, choir and band. Let’s celebrate!

0501 MusicFest webWow! St. John’s York Mills will be 200 years old on Sept 17, 2016. This year, Musicfest celebrates with

“200 Years of Musical Memories”

on Sunday May 1, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Pause a moment. What musical memories come to mind for you? You may be wondering how we are going to put 200 years of music into one concert. There are lots of musical moments in the last 200 years, we will present some of them, some each from the 1800’s, 1900’s, and 2000’s. Popular secular songs written for handbells have a lag time so the fewest will be from the current century. Each year we attempt to encourage our fearless leader Carolyn Martin to move forward into this century with current songs.

You’ll recognize some songs such as Phantom of the Opera, Memory from the musical Cats, I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General from Gilbert & Sullivan’s 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance and the theme from Star Wars. There will be lots of music – some songs you’ll recognize and some new ones that we think you’ll enjoy.

Music is a big part of St. John’s. As well as the four handbell and handchime choirs, we have a traditional voice choir and a contemporary band, and they will all be participating in MusicFest. Their musical offerings come from a wide range – in past years we’ve heard songs originally performed by Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones.

We will again be donating some of the concert proceeds to Sleeping Children Around the World, a local Canadian charity providing bed kits to children around the world. We’ll also be using some of the proceeds to help St. John’s with refugee sponsorship and with the work at the Sandy Bay primary school in Jamaica. The St. John’s handbell program is self-supporting. This concert helps to allow us to continue this way.

Tickets for MusicFest 2016 are only $15 per adult and $5 per child. To obtain tickets please call the church office at 416-225-6611 or visit the MusicFest table that’s in the foyer every Sunday.

Please come and celebrate our church’s 200th anniversary year by attending our Musical Memories Musicfest 2016 concert. Again the date is Sunday May 1 at 3 pm. See you there!

Stephanie Brander

Ingram Ringer,
MusicFest Committee

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