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cordialis Concert for Katete
By Janet Whittow

On Sunday 18th September, a concert was held at St John the Baptist Church in support of Saint Francis' Hospital in Katete, Zambia.

Because of local connections with the Cairns family we are aware of the wonderful work done there in difficult conditions and how very effectively funding is used. It is a cause to which we would like to give continued support.

The afternoon took the format of afternoon tea from 4:00 pm followed by the concert at 5:00 pm. As always in the village organising it was a team effort but special thanks must go to Jacqui Burnett for ticket sales, Bette Brumpton and Trish Swain for wonderful flowers, all the people who made cakes (particularly Alison Doggett who made four), Charlotte Reynolds who took charge of said cakes and David Burgess who gave the vote of thanks.

The concert was given by Cordialis, a chamber choir conducted by David Ireson, composed mostly of cathedral choristers who get together to perform for special occasions. Sixteen of them came from London, Ely, Kenilworth, Edinburgh and other places to sing for us. The programme was English choral music on the theme of ‘Summertime’ and consisted of short pieces by Britten, Elgar, Finzi, Rutter and Vaughan Williams, amongst others.

I am not qualified to give a critical appraisal but John Glanfield, who is, said simply "the best music I have heard in this Church".

We want to thank Cordialis, everyone who helped and everyone who came. As a result of the concert and a previous church collection we hope to send £1,000 to Katete funds.

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