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THIS WEEK DVD 800th Anniversary Concerts: St. Nicolas church tribute to memory of Owen Visick


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IMAGE CREDIT: Owen Visick (1937 – 2017), special thanks to Visick family

Planning to create a memorable programme of celebration events for St Nicolas church’s 800th anniversary in 2016 began in 2012….. This disc is a tribute to the memory of Owen Visick who inspired those who led the second fund raising phase to Restoration Project completion, and to whom he continued to give unfailing, energetic support.—George Stephens, St. Nicolas church

The ‘House Full’ sign went up several times throughout the season, which was most satisfying, writes George Stephens

Talking to Bay Life (26 October), George said “The programme would contribute funds for the second stage of the church’s Restoration Project, which had a target of £255,000. This target was achieved in June 2017. Funds from the sale of this recording will contribute to the church’s maintenance and upkeep”.

The DVD includes: Canterbury Cathedral Choristers: Pevensey & Westham C of E School: Catherine Rimer : The King’s Singers : Pasadena Roof Orchestra Hot Five: Pop up gospel choir Hastings Voice Squad : ‘Sussex Strings’ Harvey’s Brass’

George said, “The performances are introduced by the musicians.

“If readers have Christmas in mind then this disc could make a unique present for friends and family who really enjoy lovely music performed by gifted performers in the wonderful acoustics of St. Nicolas church. The monies raised from sales will contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of the restored building.

“Orders are now being taken (up until 26th November) for this DVD which plays for over 1hr 15mins.

“The disc will be issued on a first come first served basis. Applications – in writing only – with full payment for as many as you require. Availability however is subject to the number of discs ordered covering the costs of production and distribution. The minimum total number required making the disc profitable and worthwhile to the church is one hundred.Should orders fail to reach this number, payments will be returned, and the Celebration disc will not be produced”.

Application Procedure
All applications with payments should be sent to:

George Stephens,
10 Leasingham Gardens,
Bexhill on Sea, TN39 4DZ,

Payment cheques should also be payable to ‘George Stephens’. Discs cost £12 (including P&P) or £10 each if collected at St Nicolas church on Sundays once the ordered discs are available in December.

Please ensure you provide full address details whether applying for postal delivery or for personal collection.

Your order must be received by Sunday 26th November please.

Applicants will be told when the discs are available. George says that he cannot enter into correspondence once applications have been made.

Explaining the purpose of the project he said, “nothing quite like the 2016 Events Programme had been attempted in the church before with, not the just a variety of concerts being arranged, but also talks covering the history of the church and village, the surrounding geography and archaeology of Pevensey, and as the landing place for William the Conqueror’s invasion of Britain, 950 years previously, in 1066.

“A number of concert ‘firsts’ were achieved – several are featured on this disc, with performers’ own introductions. The Canterbury Cathedral Choristers, booked in 2012, paid a first visit. A new piece* , ‘The True St. Nicolas’ had its première performance with pupils of Pevensey & Westham C of E School singing with Hailsham Choral Society at their first visit. Catherine Rimer gave an inspired programme of contrasting solo ‘cello pieces by JS Bach and Britten.

“The King’s Singers more than lived up to their international reputation as an outstanding vocal ensemble with a wide range of compositions being sung. We had another ‘first’ with a jazz concert within the hallowed walls, given by the Pasadena Roof Orchestra ‘Hot Five’. And a ‘pop-up’ gospel choir concert by ‘The Hastings Voice Squad’ who moved and swayed while they sang during the Wealden Food and Wine Festival weekend.

“An all string orchestra ‘Sussex Strings’, an organ recital by the eminent John Collins, a symphonic brass ensemble ‘Harvey’s Brass’ also provided memorable occasions. The ‘House Full’ sign went up several times throughout the season, which was most satisfying.

“Hopefully you will enjoy this compilation. Unfortunately disc space limits the amount of music able to be included within it. All the performers have given their permission for their concert excerpts to be reproduced, and our gratitude for this is great”.

Acknowledgements
Our grateful thanks to the Restoration Project Patrons:

The Earl De La Warr
Rt. Revd Bishop of Lewes Richard Jackson DipHE, MSc MA.,
Dr. Scott MacLean PhD
Neil Mclaren

Also to the 2016 Events programme Sponsors:

‘1066 Country’ BPE Business Communications
Carr Taylor Wines Gaby Hardwicke – Solicitors
Pevensey Town Trust Priory Court Hotel
*Starshine Music Visick Motors
Wealden District Council

about the project
The St. Nicolas Pevensey Restoration Project began in 2006. It was a project led then by Owen Visick (1937 – 2017) who, as Churchwarden, combined this role with successfully raising, for the first phase, £225,000 – no mean feat just before the banking crisis and recession of 2008! These funds paid for the weather proofing of the building. Rain water had previously cascaded into the building from a number of points. Damage to the interior plaster was extensive.

At least six years was required to allow the building to dry out before the second fund raising phase could begin in 2012, to raise a further £255,000, to replace roofs and update electrical and sound systems, and redecorate the church’s interior.

This disc is a tribute to the memory of Owen Visick who inspired those who led the second fund raising phase to Restoration Project completion, and to whom he continued to give unfailing, energetic support.

Thanks are given to all performers and those who gave their encouragement and enthusiastically attended the 2016 programme of events, and to all who buy this disc.
© George Stephens, November 2017

800th Anniversary
Concert Highlights
2016
For private distribution only.
Introduction by The Rt. Revd Dr. Martin Warner, The Bishop of Chichester

The Canterbury Cathedral Choristers
• Maria matrem – Michael McGlynn
• Silent Worship – G.F. Handel
• Tecum principium – Antonio Vivaldi
• Ave Maria – Giulio Caccini
• Fantasie – Camille Saint-Saëns, (Guy Steed, organ)

Catherine Rimer – ’cello
Suite No. 5 in C minor – JS Bach (movements on period instrument)
Fugue
Courante
Sarabande
Gigue

The King’s Singers
• Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans – Claude Debussy
• I’ve got the world on a string – Harold Arlem
• Alice in Wonderland – Spike Milligan

Harvey’s Brass
• Slavonic Dance No. 8 – Antonin Dvořák
• Soul Bossa – Quincy Jones
• Keep young and beautiful – Al Dubin
• Charleston – James P Johnson

Pasadena Roof Orchestra ‘Hot Five’
• When you’re smiling – Louis Armstrong
• Stardust – Hoagy Carmichael
• Cake walking my baby back home – Sidney Bechet

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