In early March, we held the first Southport Young Musician of the Year Competition. Numbers were relatively small in our first year but enthusiasm and quality were very high indeed.

The final was held on the Friday evening with class winners performing before Professor Ian Tracey, Organist Titulaire at Liverpool Cathedral. The programme for that final is shown below.


1. Upper Primary Year 5 – 6

Piano – George Farrar plays Minuet D Scarlatti

Strings – Rachel Maria Fusco plays Romanza de Amour

2. Elementary Grades 1 – 3

Piano – Mateusz Wejman plays Lullaby Vitalij Neugasimov

Brass – Dylan Barrowclough plays Blues for Big Ears M Nightingale

In the event, Dylan was not able to join us on the night.

3. Intermediate Grades 4 to 6

Piano – Tarun Sripadam plays Fürtenmachen R Schumann

Strings – Milly Rigby plays Vals F Tarrega

Voice – Sophie Clarke sings As if we never said goodbye A Lloyd-Webber

4. Senior Grades 7 & 8

Piano – Angelina Dorlin-Barlow plays Canzonetta F Bridge

Piano – Milly Rigby plays Doctor Gradu ad Parnassum C Debussy

Strings – Angelina Dorlin-Barlow plays Introduction & Polonaise C Bohm

Strings – Isabelle Bond plays Concertina Nr 1 for ‘cello & piano J Klengel

Voice – Angelina Dorlin-Barlow sings Amarilli, Mia Bella G Caccini

5. Adjudication, Announcement of Winners & Presentations

Professor Ian Tracey

The overall Winner was Angelina Dorlin-Barlow with her piano playing – a stunning performance. She carried off a major challenge trophy and a cheque for £150; she will also perform a Lunchtime Recital at Trinity at  on Runner Up was Sophie Clark who sang for us; she took away the runners up challenge trophy and a cheque for £75. The winner of the Most Promising Musician was George Farrar playing the piano. He won another challenge trophy and a cheque for £50. The standard of all the performers was very high indeed and those of us present enjoyed a delightful concert, demonstrating that there is plenty of musical talent around Southport.




On a lovely Sunday evening in April we enjoyed a thrilling evening of hymn singing led by the choir. There had been three aims for this performance

  1. to broaden the repertoire of hymns sung at Trinity
  2. to enjoy a good sing with some favourite hymns
  3. to raise funds for the choir

We believe that all these objectives were achieved. Thanks to some generous donations, £250 was raised towards the cost of the choir’s visit to Chichester Cathedral this summer. We also had a really good sing; some of us had very little voice left by the end of the evening. From a list of more than 60 nominations these were the hymns that were performed on the evening: –

  1. All people that on earth do dwell (Old 100th arr. RVW)
  2. Brother, sister (Servant Song)
  3. Hark what a sound
  4. Thou didst leave thy throne …..
  5. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
  6. Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness
  7. Blessed assurance
  8. O for a thousand tongues (Lyngham)
  9. Lord of our life
  10. Ah Holy Jesu, how hast thou offended
  11. For the fruits of his creation
  12. To God be the glory
  13. When I needed a neighbour
  14. Be still my soul
  15. There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (Corvedale)
  16. Glorious things of thee are spoken (Austria)
  17. Lift high the cross
  18. The day thou gavest Lord is ended




There were more than a hundred people in church on the occasion of the Festal Evensong to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. The service opened with an introit ‘For the Fallen’ written by Nicholas Tudor, a chorister at Holy Trinity. Presces and Responses were by John Reading and the choir sang Psalm 45. The canticles were sung to the setting by Rowley in A minor and the two hymns were ‘Loves redeeming work is done’ and ‘Abide with me’ to an arrangement by Ian Tracey which includes the Last Post. The choir sang the anthem ‘Greater Love’ by John Ireland and following the National Anthem the service closed with William Walton’s ‘Crown Imperial’ played by Trinity’s director of music Ian Wells.

The Royal British Legion was well represented with an impressive display of medals. Those attending included a 92-year-old former Spitfire pilot.

At the back of the church there was a small exhibition of pictures and mementos of that day in May 1945. There were also the stories of two combatants, one from each side, who had family associations with Trinity. Details of these are shown below. The collection at the service was added to Trinity’s appeal in support of those affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Eric Whiteley story Helmut Reinert story


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War, Famine & Death
‘War, Famine and Death’




Over the weekend of 6th & 7th June, the Parish Centre was filled to capacity with 326 exhibits in our Art Exhibition together with a display of quilting and a number of working artists. By common consent, this was our most successful exhibition, very fitting as it is the last of fifteen over which Christine Garner has presided; it is appropriate that we here pay tribute to this remarkable record. Art exhibitions don’t just happen, they require a very considerable amount of work and the Trinity Arts Festival is greatly indebted to Christine for the very many hours of work over these fifteen years that she has given us. More than 200 visitors viewed the exhibits, many of them taking advantage of the excellent refreshments that were available.

The following week saw three lunchtime recitals with Will Halligan entertaining us on his classical guitar and Trinity’s own John Forster giving us an organ recital. The third in the series was a recital by Angelina Dorling-Barlow, the winner of the first Southport Young Musician of the Year Competition run by Trinity Arts. A large audience enjoyed her performance commencing with the piano and moving on to the violin before she sang for us. In these latter two disciplines she was accompanied by our good friend Prof Ian Tracey, Organist Titulaire at Liverpool Cathedral. It was an outstanding performance by this young and clearly exceptionally talented young lady.



On Saturday 13th June, an audience of 200 were thrilled by the singing of the welsh Male Voice Choir, Côr Godre’r Aran led by their musical director Eirian Owen. It was four years since they had last sung at Trinity and their return was most welcome. These 35 voices produce an amazing dynamic range from the quietest pianissimo’s to enormous fortissimo’s, all their music being sung from memory; it was an extremely polished and very exciting performance. The playing and direction from the piano of Eirian is also quite remarkable. The choir brought with them two soloists; Heulen Cynfal, a young soprano who has just graduated B. Mus. from the Royal Academy and who has sung at Trinity twice before. The newcomer was professional opera singer Sion Geronwy who stepped out of the ranks of the choir to enthral us with his rich deep bass voice; a remarkable young man of whom we expect to hear more. The choir closed the evening with an unheralded performance of the Welsh National Anthem which made the hairs on the back of a few necks stand up and even brought a tear to one or two eyes that didn’t have a Welsh heritage: they left to a deserved standing ovation.



The following evening saw Ian Tracey return to accompany Trinity’s own choirs under the direction of Ian Wells in a Festal Evensong to celebrate Trinity Arts 50th anniversary. There was an exciting range of music which justly marked the Festival’s birthday.



Prof Ian Tracey

On 21st November, Trinity Arts presented the last of a series of major concerts to celebrate their 50th birthday. We had always thought this would be a spectacular performance and in the event it exceeded our expectations. Orchestra dell’Arte, conducted by Edward Peak were joined by Trinity’s good friend, Organist Titulaire of Liverpool Cathedral, Prof Ian Tracey, in a programme that those present will remember for a very long time. The evening was titled ‘Music from France‘ and the orchestra began with the ballet music from Massenet’s ‘Le Cid’; although the title of this isn’t particularly well known, there are certainly some movements that are familiar and showed the orchestra off to great advantage. This was followed by Poulenc’s Organ Concerto in G minor, a piece that requires a virtuoso performance from the organist (as well as the Orchestra strings and percussion). Ian Tracey delighted us with his performance of a very difficult piece of music and conjured up a remarkable range of sound from Trinity’s smaller organ. The pièce de résistance was, of course, the Symphony No 3 in G minor by Camille Saint-Saëns – the mighty Organ Symphony. This was just thrilling with some beautiful quiet passages from the orchestra and some stunning fortissimo’s when they were joined by Prof Tracey on Trinity’s main four manual organ. The church’s acoustic lived up to its reputation and the audience went home with smiles on their faces and music coursing through their minds. A not to be forgotten night! Saint-Saëns’s said of his work What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again – reminiscent of Elgar’s comment on his ‘Dream of Gerontius’ of which he said This is the best of me. It was certainly one of the very best nights of the Trinity Arts Festival’s fifty years.

Photgrpah from concert



Chris Bannister

It was a terribly wet and windy evening when Chris made his first appearance at Trinity in December, but the church was warm and so was the atmosphere when some of us of a certain age wallowed in the nostalgia of songs we used to listen to and join in with back in the seventies. It was apparent from the start that Chris was enjoying singing at Trinity; he remarked on the acoustic and stepped away from his microphone and instruments to give us his version of ‘The Eagle and the Hawk’; a big voice that relished the building. The lyrics included –
All those who see me
and all who believe in me
Carry the freedom I feel when I fly
in that rocky cathedral that reaches the sky.
Strangely apt for a voice that did indeed soar.

We enjoyed some of the most famous of John Denver’s greatest hits including,

  • Annie’s Song
  • Rocky Mountain High
  • Grandma’s Feather Bed
  • Rhymes and Reasons
  • Country Roads

and also some of Chris’s own compositions, which went down extremely well.

The Christmas season was acknowledged with a version of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer in which the audience joined Chris in the chorus. Notably we also heard Adam’s ‘O Holy Night’.

It was a super evening as we enjoyed the nostalgia, Chris’s musicianship and his great voice; we all went home with smiles on our faces despite the weather.

You can enjoy him again here on you tube