I wrote this blog for the Bath & North East Somerset Music Service website (I work for them and wanted to promote what I've been up to, which is really wonderful of them) so I figured I'd share the same article here.
Saturday 14th December saw the inaugural “Carols At The Canteen” event; hosted at Temple Street Canteen, Keynsham and organised by B&NES Music Tutor Richard Jackson, the event saw a packed café singing festival carols and songs, accompanied by string trio, flute and piano.
This event was the December installment of Richard’s own monthly concert series at the venue. Held on every second Saturday of the month, the events aim to give performers (especially adult learners) an opportunity to perform in a relaxed, welcoming environment. In this instance, alongside season readings and congregational standards, Richard also invited three of his singing pupils to perform as well as one of his piano pupils to play a festive duet.
The concert was also the debut performance of the recently formed “B&NES Council Workplace Choir” – initially formed through the efforts of B&NES employees Jessica Broderick and Julia Grace through co-ordination with B&NES Music Service’s Vocal Co-ordinator Tim Parker as an idea for Mental Health Awareness week, this quickly grew into a term-long project. Richard has been conducting them since their inception and so felt that they’d fit the bill perfectly for such an occasion, which they rose to with great merit!
The free event encouraged donations to be made for Crisis UK and ultimately raised £115.48. This has been used to donate towards four Christmas meals through Crisis’s own “Crisis at Christmas” scheme.
Photos by Becca Smithers and Temple Street Canteen