Crossmichael, Parton & Balmaghie

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Presbytery of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright

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Crossmichael Church Hosts Concert by Welsh Choir

The Llansilin Choir was introduced by Session Clerk Willie Little. He gave them a warm welcome for their first visit to Scotland and said he hoped they could be persuaded to come again.

The Church was packed to enjoy a mixed programme of classical and popular music. Their repertoire included traditional Scottish and Welsh melodies; some of the latter being sung in Welsh.

Interval entertainment was provided by Joe Hodson from Parton. This talented young man is currently studying at the Royal Scottish  Conservatoire. Playing the violin he showed great virtuosity with pieces of classical Bach as well as Scottish and Irish music

About Llansilin Choir

It is difficult to say exactly when the choir was formed.  Llansilin had a male voice choir for many years but that was dissolved over 40 years ago.

The local Welsh League of Youth always had a small choir who practiced occasionally for special events, and bit by bit the choir grew and started to perform at charity concerts and local eisteddfods, although it can no longer be called a youth choir. The choir has probably been meeting regularly for approximately thirty years.

They practice weekly on a Sunday night in the Village Hall at Llansilin, a small village in Montgomeryshire. The members are drawn from an eight mile radius of the village, including some from over the border in Shropshire.

Being a welsh language choir, their official title is "Côr Llansilin", and all the practices are held in the Welsh language.

Their conductor is Iona Jones, a farmer’s wife and retired music teacher and the accompanist is Eleri Owens, also a farmer’s wife and teacher. Many of the members are from a farming background too.

The choir members are indebted to Iona and Eleri for their dedication and hard work.

 

   

Colin Owen thanks the choir master Henry Evans and Conductor Iona  Jones.

The choir presented an engraved photo to Crossmichael Church to mark their first performance in Scotland

 
 
 

 

Crossmichael & Parton Church display at the Heart and Soul Event in Edinburgh

 
 

 

The press launch for a special concert organised by the Church in honour of James Clerk Maxwell during this year's Edinburgh Science Festival.

The light baton - a symbol of science and faith made specially for this "International Year of Light", was being passed to the Church of Scotland in the church in Edinburgh in which Maxwell worshipped.  It will be passed to each Science Festival throughout this year.

The concert "And Through the Dark the Brilliant Light" will take place on 11th April at 15.00 in the National Museum of Scotland Auditorium, Edinburgh.

 

Rt. Rev. John Chalmers

receives the Light Baton

 

Mary Burney, and Alistair

and the Rev. Sally Russell

 

Press Launch beneath the Statue

of James Clark Maxwell

 

 
 

Church of Scotland’s Society, Religion & Technology [SRT] Project

For over 40 years, the SRT project has sought to help the church engage with ethical issues in science. In addition to organising an annual week of prayer, the SRT project also works closely with, and usually hosts, an event at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.  The Festival takes place at Easter and will have as one of its themes for 2015, the legacy of James Clerk Maxwell. Following on from the Maxwell Concert at Parton Kirk we have been invited by the SRT to provide a version of the concert in Edinburgh.  Exact details of  any contribution from here are yet to be finalised, but could be similar to what was provided at Parton if there were enough interest.  Anyone interested should contact John Simpson.

 

 

“And Through the Dark the Brilliant Light”

This was the title given to a concert held in Parton Kirk in September 2014, just one of several events planned throughout Scotland in the coming year to celebrate the life and legacy of James Clerk Maxwell whose work on the nature of light laid the basis for much of modern physics. Maxwell was a humorous and warm-hearted man and there were many strands to his his life outside the world of science. He enjoyed music and loved writing poetry, he was an Elder of the Church of Scotland and as bold in his approach to his faith as he was to his science.  All these strands were brought together during the concert in a narrative given by Howie Firth, Director of the Orkney International Science Festival which included contributions of music, song and some of Maxwell’s own poems.  Amongst the these were pieces performed by musicians the “Vintage Ensemble”, a local group which includes our minister Sally and also John McCormick. The music of Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, a direct ancestor of Maxwell’s, was played by our organist Doreeen Prentice, and Joe and Gillie Hodson.  Maxwell’s poems were recited by Elspeth Brown, a former resident of Parton.  The “piece de resistance” however was the performance by 16 members of the congregation and parishes of Crossmichael, Parton, Corsock and Kirkpatrick Durham of a specially written dance called “Maxwell’s Waves”. During the rehearsal sessions, teachers Willie Little and Mary Burney had promised “fun, fitness and friendship” would ensue, and that was certainly the case – a great evening’s entertainment.

John Simpson         

 

 

 

Watch the dance on You Tube

 

 

Church of Scotland’s Society, Religion & Technology [SRT] Project

For over 40 years, the SRT has sought to help the church engage with ethical issues in science. In addition to organising an annual week of prayer, the SRT also works closely with, and usually hosts, an event at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.  The Festival takes place at Easter and will have as one of its themes for 2015, the legacy of James Clerk Maxwell. Following on from the Maxwell Concert at Parton Kirk we have been invited by the SRT to provide a version of the concert in Edinburgh.  Exact details of  any contribution from here are yet to be finalised, but could be similar to what was provided at Parton if there were enough interest.  Anyone interested should contact John Simpson.

 

 
 

Victorian Tea Room in Crossmichael Church

MOUNTAINS of scones, lashings of Victoria sponge and layers of scrumptious chocolate cake were all lovingly devoured over the Easter holidays at Crossmichael & Parton Church as their experimental Victorian ‘Tearoom and Tour’ project was launched and proved to be a resounding success.

The event made an amazing Ł1930 and more importantly Crossmichael and Parton Church made many more friends and supporters with  people coming from far and wide to enjoy the experience of tea inside the church and the chance to ‘journey

 

through time’ on the popular History tours round the church and the graveyard.

Argentineans, now living in Spain, travelled from Madrid to hear tales of their ancestors who used to live at Danvale Park, while another former Crossmichael resident dropped the bombshell that his great, great grandfather was indeed the real ‘Captain Hook’ of Peter Pan fame. This story really caught the public imagination so much so that the Daily Record ran the story and in the final week of the tearoom there were record number of visitors queuing up tours.

A special thank you has to go to all the volunteer tearoom staff, shop and front foyer staff and of course the very busy bakers who did a sterling job keeping the cake stands full.

“It just wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity and time of all the volunteers who stepped up to the mark and produced a really excellent event that everyone – without exception – really enjoyed, “said event co-ordinator Ahrlene Fuller.

 
   
 
 

 

Visit of the St Andrews Madrigal Group

This is the eighth year that the choir has visited Parton Kirk. This time we were their final destination and unlike previous years the concert took place on a Monday at 5:30pm. Although numbers attending were lower than in past concerts which took place on a Sunday, the audience gave the choir the usual warm welcome and despite having sung at nine different venues on nine successive days, the Group remained in good voice throughout. Next year it is hoped to make a recording of the concert.

John Simpson

 

 
 
 

Father's Day 2014

 Although the rain threatened during the day's canoeing, BBQ and "Songs of Praise" it never really came to much and so didn't spoil what was a very enjoyable event. Somehow or other we managed to canoe, consume all the barbequed beefburgers and sausages and still have enough energy to give the readings and sing our hymn selection at the end of it. The theme of "Journey" for these was inspired by the travels of the Commonwealth Games Baton. An extra "hymn" included at the end of the singing was a Hip-Hop Rap, written specially by Jane Hampsen and performed by the various fathers present - with a little bit of help from our Minister Sally - we vowed next year to properly rehearse this.

John Simpson