A wonderful Festival Concert and a chance to say a final farewell to Fr Paul


St Alban’s Church was fortunate to enjoy an excellent Festival Concert that showcased the talents of all age groups. Lynne Derry organised the evening for us, and gave us a mixture of music from Chopin and Bach to Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Katy Perry.
The Derby Deanery Youth Choir, led by Jo Rowlands, impressed us with their confidence, clear singing and choice of positive, uplifting songs. Caitlin, Rachel and Olivia displayed their singing and playing talents, and we are sure they will do well in their upcoming music exams.
Geoff and Jo Rowlands gave us marvellous, soulful duets, later accompanied by Emma Eagles, in beautiful harmonies.
Numerous flags from different corners of the globe were waved during the patriotic ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory.’
The concert ended with the presentation to Fr Paul of a wooden ship, handmade stole and, from the altar servers, a Notts Forest shirt with ‘Fr Paul’ printed on it. Fr Paul was much moved by the gifts and talked about how hard it was to leave the community that he had spent six years ministering too. We have been together through times of celebration and deep sadness, and have mutually supported each other.
The concert was followed by a delicious bring and share buffet.


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