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Music and Munch

December 2002 Programme

Music Makers at Music and Munch
Music and Munch takes place at All Saints Church by-the-Sea, 110 Park Drive in Ganges, on Wednesdays at 1210 pm. throughout the summer. During the fall and winter season, there is just one performance on the first Wednesday of each month.

The best bargain on Salt Spring Island… Concert FREE at 12:10
   Followed by a delicious optional lunch for $4.75 by the Anglican Caterers

December 4 12:10 pm

The Salt Spring Island Honour Choir, now in its second year, is a 28 member strong organization of young singing talent. Rehearsing once a week under the direction of Mitch Howard, the choir continues to build an impressive repertoire while fulfilling a need in the community to showcase its young talent. Honour Choir members range in ages from 8 - 14 and have delighted past audiences through appearances with the Salt Spring Island Concert Band at Christmas and at the community choir festival Salt Spring Sings last May. This year, in addition to return engagements, the choir is pleased to "step out on their own" with an opportunity to sing at All Saints' by-the-Sea Music and Munch Series on Dec 4.

For this engagement, the Honour Choir is joined by the SIMS Concert Choir, also directed by Mitch Howard. Both choirs are accompanied by the very talented Jennifer Howard. Together the choirs will offer an eclectic tapestry of beautiful songs, woven together with music for the season.

December 11 Simply Organic at 10:10 am - half hour performance followed by muffins and coffee
December 18 Simply Organic at 10:10 am - half hour performance followed by muffins and coffee
Starting in September, there is just one lunchtime performance on the first Wednesday of each month, but commencing on November 13, Barry Valentine will present Simply Organic, a half hour performance at 10:10 am taking place on the other Wednesdays of the month. The weekly schedule will resume again the following summer.

Simply Organic

Now that the fall and winter season for Music and Munch has established its pattern of a recital followed by lunch, on the first Wednesday of the month, Music Makers of the Anglican Parish will be hosting a second series of informal musical gatherings commencing on November 13th, at 10:10 in the morning at All Saints' by-the-Sea.

The present Anglican Centre, home of All Saints' Church and a host of community activities, has become a very busy place since its completion in 1994. The church itself houses the island's only pipe organ which was fortuitously obtained from Holy Trinity Church in Vancouver, demolished at the time of the remarkable transformation of St. George's Church on Park Drive to the new and present facility. Blessed by exceedingly fine acoustics, the church is used regularly not only for the lunchtime Music and Munch recitals, but also for concerts which demand an intimate and warm ambiance.

The fine two manual Cassavant organ has been played not only to lead Anglican worship over the past eight years, but also in concert at the hands of several internationally acclaimed organists, such as Hugh McLean and Gerald Wheeler, as well as Nicholas Fairbank and Mary Rogers of Victoria.

Over those years the organ has been continually improved and refurbished and has, as its most recent addition, been 'transplanted' with a trumpet rank from the recently dismantled Cathedral organ in Victoria and an oboe rank from St, Andrew's Presbyterian Church, also in Victoria. Next year the double manual will be replaced by three manuals, also from the Christ Church Cathedral.

In order that these improvements may be enjoyed by all who love organ music and have been witness to the ongoing development of this fine instrument, Music Makers will be hosting a weekly series of recitals that is 'simply organic'.

Organist Barry Valentine has been instrumental in both facilitating and supporting the work on the All saints' organ, as well as having a primary role in establishing the successful Music and Munch series which began in 1995 with his weekly organ recitals. His knowledge of classical and sacred music is extensive and the sensitivity and intelligence with which he plays has long been appreciated by audiences and congregations alike.

His informal half hour recitals will be composed largely of well known, well loved music for the organ. They begin on November 13th and will take place weekly at All Saints' beginning at 10:10 am. Music will be free followed by an opportunity to enjoy freshly baked muffins and coffee prepared by the Anglican Caterers, at a cost of $2. 0n the first Wednesday of every month, recitals will be replaced by the regular Music and Munch event which begins at 12.10 followed by lunch.

The combination of music and refreshment now firmly established by a happy liaison between Music Makers and the Anglican Caterers has proven to date to be wonderful formula for community conviviality and musical pleasure. This winter’s interlude of music that is 'simply organic' promises to follow in fine foot-steps indeed.


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