Churches Together One World Group presented the Hungry for one World concert to raise awareness of world devolopment issues. 2009 is the silver jubilee of the group raising money for Christian Aid’s water projects and over time has raised in excess of £40,000, bringing the benefits of clean water and decent sanitation to many people around the world.
Under the direction of Linda Perry Smith, both the senior choir (Ashbourne Singers) and the junior choir (Young Ashbourne Singers) came together at St. John’s Church to perform a variety of songs. Mel Gill accompanied the first half on the piano and Steve Duckworth, the second half.
Every time I feel the spirit , a rousing spiritual opened the concert, then more gently, the Skye boat song and For the beauty of the Earth (Rutter) were sung by the senior choir. Tim Tarling sang If I were a rich man, then came the turn of the children with My favourite things and the lovely fugue, Panis Angelicus. Colours of the wind next, followed by Drop in the ocean, then Ashbourne Singers came back with Candle on the water and Hallelujah! (Leonard Cohen)
After the interval, the adults sang a Complete history of Western music (abridged) and Adiemus by Karl Jenkins. Rebecca Liverman played Tableaux de Provence movements I and II on the saxophone before Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of silence, then their Bridge over troubled water took the concert to David Sunter singing A house is not a home.
Ray Taylor sang When you believe. It concluded with the combined adult and children’s choirs singing Can you feel the love tonight? The church was full once more and a significant contribution was made to the One World Group charity.