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Emmanuel Concert Report 2014

No sooner than the closing refrains of our “Last Night of Proms.” die away in our ears than Jo and I are receiving calls and emails about the 2015 concert programme.

The 2014 programme was fairly successful. Attendances were down a little on 2013 but that reflects the general trend in that visitors and holidaymakers are watching the pennies very carefully. In spite of this, we welcomed over the threshold of Emmanuel Church over 1260 visitors as a result of concerts and events in 2014.

 If only a fraction of these decided as a result of this experience that the church was not the daunting prospect they had imagined and that as a result of the warm welcome they received at Emmanuel visited their own local church when they returned home then it was well worth while.

It is difficult to pick highlights but Elizabeth Kemp’s “Songs from the Great War” as part of the WW1 Commemoration weekend in Ilfracombe stands out in my memory as does participating in the Ilfracombe Male Voice Choir 30th Anniversary Concert with Mendip and Wadebridge Male Voice Choirs. Singing with over 100 choristers “Morte Christe” with organ accompaniment and over 100 in the audience joining the last verse was a spine chilling experience.

We welcomed two new choirs to our programme during the year. Appledore Singers and “Rejoice the Voice” from Barnstaple. Both choirs were received enthusiastically and enjoyed the undoubted excellent acoustics and facilities that Emmanuel Church has to offer.

One of the pleasing aspects of organising the concerts is that Emmanuel Church is becoming known as “The Music Church” in North Devon and is established as one of the sought after venues in the South West for touring choirs, bands and orchestras., We have had already received approaches from Rugeley Power Brass Band and an Icelandic Choir for Emmanuel Church to be a venue in their 2015 tours.

Turning to the 2015 programme we are aware that the high number of concerts (26 in 2014) is placing a great demand on our loyal band of volunteers who steward the concerts so we have decided to start the programme later at Spring Bank Holiday and end in early October 2015. This should limit the programme to 20 Concerts in 2015.

Having mentioned our volunteers can I on your behalf thank every one of them who help out in whatever capacity for doing so with a welcoming smiling face that is so valued by our concert audience and musicians alike. If anyone reading this report has the time on Wednesday summer evenings to join our Emmanuel Church  concert team we promise you a warm welcome and the opportunity of hearing the best live music in North Devon on a regular basis.

25th November Trevor & Jo. Porter                 

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