Musical gathering

The Friends of Beaverdams Church were treated to a special performance by the Young at Heart Choir last Sunday.

Under the direction of Gina Armstrong and with piano accompaniment from Charlotte Cottage, the choir (including Heather Armstrong, Beverley Carley, Bud Cunningham, Barb Healey, Lorraine Hildebrandt, Boni Irwin, Peter Jackson, Barb Murphy-Coplen, John Nogas, Don Nicol, Brenda Tatrie, and Susan Tinnish) performed more than a dozen hymns. Among these were two solos and a duet performance by Lorraine Hildebrandt, Peter Jackson and Barb Murphy-Coplen. Check out the final and encore songs here.

Also: check out the video of “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” as well as “Dear Hearts and Gentle People” here. A great favourite of the Sunday School was “Shall We Gather at the River?”, performed in this version.

Not only has congregational hymn signing always been an important part of Methodism, but it was a tradition enthusiastically embraced and perpetuated at Beaverdams Church by the longstanding Sunday School. And, for this reason, it was a thrill to have Joan Armstrong part of the audience – indeed, she was given a special token of thanks by the choir for the 60 years she played piano at Sunday School meetings, events and performances. This was followed by Barb Murphy-Coplen’s solo performance of “Bless this House”.

Check out some photos!

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