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Barrow Bells - GALLERY 9 - Concerts and performances at St James' Church - Summer 2013

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The Barrow Male Voice Choir and Dalton Town Band generously offered to play to help raise
money for the Church Bells Restoration Appeal, and they provided a superb evening of musical
entertainment, preceded by a 10 minute slideshow about the history, deterioration, and restoration
of the bells.

The evening raised over £460 from ticket sales, another £82 from woodturned objects from an
elm headstock, and £96 from the raffle of signed John Duffin print (donated by Carl Hallows,
a Dalton ringer) and a bottle of house of commons whisky donated by John Woodcock MP.

Some short & unsteady video with audio is available on request (see contact details).

The choir performed a varied programme with from traditional spiritual to a
medley of songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, plus a song titled ‘Short Leg,
Long Leg, Silly mid-off’ illuminating the world of cricket to the uninitiated!

The brass band performed pieces including ‘The quiet village’ from Devon
Fantasy, that featured music that was reminiscent of change ringing bells.
James Madden, Alice Trainer, & Simon Garnett performed solos.
A Lady GaGa number (Bad Romance) was enthusiastically received by all
ages in the audience!

Mark Latimer played the William Hill organ in impressive style.
The organ was originally installed at St James’ Palace in London.

Summer Evening Concert Programme Back & Front Cover
Deborah Milledge conducting
Summer Evening Concert Programme inside.
Audience viewed from pulpit
Audience listens to Dalton Town Band
Dalton Town Band

A fascinating piece with clear references to the sound of church bells in a rural village setting.
Mark Latimer - ready to play the William Hill organ at St James' Church
Euphonium solo by Simon Garnett

Full Of Noise (FON) - Octopus Collective - 27th July 2013

The a.P.A.t.T. Orchestra's Liverpool-based performers performed their first concert outside of Liverpool, at Octopus Collective's excellent Full of Noises Festival 2013. The festival features dozens of exciting artists, performers and new works. The orchestra performed the premiere of Jonathan Hering's new commission 'Veil of Nightshade', a work for church organ, handbells and voices. As a point of interest, the organ at St James' church is the very one used at the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at St James' Palace in London.

It was thrilling to see a careful selection of 27 of the church handbells (dating back as far as 1870) being used in a performance to create music, certainly the first time they have done so in a generation and maybe as long as a 100 years!

Andrew Deakin introduces Jon Hering and new composition 'Veil of Nightshade' for the old handbells
Andy Pollock, Brenda Pearce, Jon Hering, and Andrew Deakin
Jon Hering shows a improvised repair to handbell