by Lorraine Payette, written October 24, 2013
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
– Psalm 100 King James Version
(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) On Sunday, October 27, Christ Church (Anglican) in Gananoque is going to come alive with music as it hosts a performance of “A Little Jazz Mass”, part of yet separate from Jammin’ in the Islands.
“A Little Jazz Mass is a choral work written a few years back by Bob Chilcott, a very prolific and highly respected choral composer/arranger,” says singer Diane Stapley. “I first heard and saw the piece performed in Picton as part of the Picton Jazz Festival three years ago with Doug Gravelle, and it was incorporated into a Sunday morning worship service at a church there.”
Stapley was astounded by the work, and made contact with Melodia Monday, the choir she performs with.
“We did it on its own as part of our Xmas concert under the direction of Doug Routledge at Christchurch three years ago, and approached the minster there, Christine Downey, re doing it as part of the Jammin’ in the Islands Music Festival this year,” says Stapley.
To add flavour to the mix, a jazz trio made up of Cam Schaefer on keyboard, Bob Arlidge on double bass, and Doug Gravelle on drums accompanies them.
“We’ve incorporated other lovely music into the 10:30 Sunday service as well,” says Stapley. “The Christ Church Choir, under the direction of Anna Russell, will be performing along with a trumpet, flute and organ, and there will be a piper. Dave Harvey from the Salvation Army will be singing as well. Plus there is a surprise “big finish” with mystery guests to send you out humming the tunes!”
Although it is filled with music, Reverend Downey wishes to remind everyone that this is a worship service, and is to be respected accordingly. It is open to all to come and explore, and a freewill collection will be made.
“We are grateful to the members of the Christ Church congregation, an anonymous donor, Arlene’s Photo and Framing, and Limestone Music Store in Kingston for generously sponsoring this special Jammin’ in the Islands event,” says Stapley.