Andrew's Church was built by Ernest McDonald on land donated by a Scottish mine
owner, George Houston. The first
recorded service was in mid-December 1913 with 33 people present,” so says
history and was recited by Jaqueline Harris. It was a very nice idea to have a
presenter to tie the knots between the decades, the different waves of music,
snapshots of musical events, composers in the times of two wars determining
life in Europe and around the world, when entertainment was written in capital
letters to keep up morale and courage.
of the past 100 years beautifully presented by the 27 members of the choir with
solos sung by choir members, some of them for the first time but I found them
better than so many professionals because of their touching enthusiasm. Linda
Smith sang her part in the 1916 piece by Gustav Holst ‘Let all mortal flesh’;
Keith Lloyd the 1927 Old Man river from Showboat; Ann Iverson was supposed to
sing The White Cliffs of Dover but her voice was gone and so we heard Sue
Carling who did a great job. Budding soloists were also Bridget Kerr, Maxene Shailer and Jo Black with Boogie
Woogie and ‘Love changes everything’; I know how excited they were. A big
surprise for me was also Jan d’Oliveira Parkinson – guitar and vocal – with a
song by Dylan/Baez. The trained sopranist Lynette Oruc brought two pieces:
Lullaby from the Consul by Menotti and a piece from ‘The Peacemakers by Karl
Jenkins. Piano Solos were also included: Rauf Kasimov delighted the audience
with a Jazz Medley from the 1920s-30’s. and Fikri Toros brought Passaggio and
Questa Notte by Einaudi.
audience I could feel waves of emotion stirred up by famous songs of their
youth and twice we were invited to sing along with the choir which tied a
strong bond, the one being: The White Cliffs of Dover’ which was a famous WWII
song and composed/written in 1941 by Walter
Kent and Nat Burton; the other final piece Silent Night translated into
English in 1859 from the original ‘Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht’
written/composed by the Austrians Franz Xaver Gruber/Joseph Mohr in 1818.
of retrospect on conflicts, wars, scandals in one century accompanied by
currents of music going along with them and thanks to the Kyrenia Chamber Choir
we have been made aware of it.
Birthday, St. Andrew Church, said Jacqueline Harris and invited all the concert guests to join in for a
toast to the next century. Here is to friendship and peace.