Harmony and All That Jazz 

St Faith's supports a number of overseas aid charities, one of which, the Waterloo Partnership,

has links with the community of Waterloo, Sierra Leone, helping with a wide range of projects in that comnmunity.
You can read about the work of the partnership on their website.

Three members of St Faith's are trustees of the Partnership and one of them recently organised
a colourful and well-attended concert to raise funds for the work in Sierra Leone, one of the world's poorest countries.

He writes about it below.

One of my favourite interesting words is “different”.

We are used to always doing the same things whether it’s where we go or what we eat –
repeating what works well and what we like is not a bad way of enjoying ourselves.
To shake us out of any chance of lethargy or being stuck in a rut, you can’t beat a “different” approach.

When, following my visit to Sierra Leone, my Harmony Club offered a charity night in support
of the
Waterloo Partnership, the thought of something new to add to
the St Faith’s music scene was more than I could resist.

As far as I could see we had never hosted Barbershop harmony singing at St Faiths,
and little jazz had been featured since that memorable funeral of Bill Williams apart from the ‘Little Jazz Mass’
at the Patronal Festival last year, so a “different” night was arranged and I was not disappointed.

Over two hours of music filled the wonderful acoustic of St Faith’s and the audience loved it!
From the upbeat of New Orleans to the sentimental setting of George Harrison’s ‘Something’,
from the traditional ‘Georgia On My Mind’ to a version of ‘Hen-er-y the Eighth’, even the rather odd
finger exercises to help warm up, were greeted with enthusiasm and the rafters were well and truly raised.
The buffet supper provided by Rosie and the team was consumed, he wine expertly poured
by two distinguished medics, ensured that the second half went even better than the first!

My grateful thanks to everyone who bought tickets, and also those who have since
sent messages and yet more donations. With your help the total raised was a staggering £1,274,
and the Waterloo Partnership will make sure that your generosity is spent well in the continuing work in Sierra Leone.

My final thanks must go to the members of the Wayfarers Harmony Club and to Timepiece -
 without their help we could not have made a normal Friday evening so “different”.

Rick Walker





Photos: Chris Price (also a trustee!)

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