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Voces Cantabiles take Italy by Storm

Today was our first chance to catch up with Barney Smith since he and Voces Cantabiles performed in a memorable candlelit concert at St James, I also got a chance to talk to his parents during the opening of the Church tower.

Basically they took Italy by storm. To quote from their website:

WINNERS! Voces Cantabiles have just returned from Italy as winners of the 44th International Choral Grand Prix in Gorizia, Italy. The choir entered six catagories, and won a total of eight awards. First places were gained in the areas of Polyphonic music written for double choir, performances of music by Stanford, Parry and Harris, Jazz sung by the Corporate Entertainment group, and an award from the Public for ‘best choir’. To top off a fantastic week, Artistic Director of Voces Cantabiles Music, Barnaby Smith, won two awards for the most artistic programme, and best director. The success of the choir’s week abroad can be measured by the amount of invitations back to the continent that have been received.

Many congratulations to Barney, Paul and the choir, and we wish them much success int the future. Hopefully they’ll find space to fit St James in again at some point in the choirs packed schedule.

New Pictures

I’ve had a bit of a binge on sorting out pictures tonight that I took last week at the Choir Swimming Party and Barbecue, and also the shots I took of the Church Fete today.

Both events went well, and on the first couple of outings for our new normal digital camera (as opposed to the phone camera) I’m pretty impressed with the results – take a look at some of the action shots of the junior choir jumping in the pool!

We came back from the fete with a great big gas barbecue (something Beth has been wanting for a while) which we got at about half price in the silent auction. Heaven knows where we are going to put it, we’ll have to get a shed or something!

I also happened to be around when one of the gazebo’s took off and flew towards the car park – it seems someone didn’t quite set it up properly and failed to attach the guy ropes to the base…