Second ‘Summer Serenade’ concert goes down a storm

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STEPHEN LEMON of the Ermita del Popul in Javea wrote to RTN to describe the ‘truly beautiful and memorable evening’ enjoyed at the church recently as Javea’s Anglican Church presented their second ‘Summer Serenade’ concert.

‘On Saturday June 17, Javea’s Anglican Church presented their second ‘Summer Serenade’ concert in the Ermita del Popul on the Javea- Jesus Pobre road.

This lovely little church was full to capacity to hear beautiful music performed by the small choir, Music Unlimited.

Founded in April 2012 by Joanna Baldwin, Music Unlimited presented an extremely varied programme of musical styles covering seven centuries of choral compositions. Although most of the items were sung acapella, a few pieces were accompanied brilliantly on the organ by Nick Hale.

Beginning with a 14th century French round (canon), the choir progressed through 17th-18th century motets and madrigals to 19th century anthems.

In honour of the Queen’s official birthday that day, the choir included Hubert Parry’s anthem, ‘I Was Glad’ which has been sung on so many royal occasions. Friends from the Montgo Chorale joined with Music Unlimited to help swell the glorious sound of this famous anthem.

The concert continued with a selection of 20th century secular pieces and the programme concluded with a traditional Irish Blessing.

Afterwards, as the evening sun dipped down behind the trees, everyone enjoyed an al fresco reception of Cava and a tempting array of canapes, all organised by the committee members of the Javea church.’

The concert and reception raised €802 to support the work of the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy.

For more information about the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy (the Church of England in Spain) visit www.costablanca-anglicanchaplaincy.org.

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