The first half of 2017 has been an exciting one for Trinity Arts and Holy Trinity Church.

This year we started a new series of Lunchtime Organ Recitals, starting at 1.00pm and lasting for 45 minutes. An ideal way to spend the lunch-hour or take a break from a stressful day.

We have been delighted to welcome the following recitalists who have brought to us a wide variety of music and kept us very entertained:

  • David Houlder (Leeds Minster)
  • Daniel Mansfield (Liverpool Hope University)
  • Graham Eccles (North Wales)
  • Colin Porter (Mossley Hill Parish Church)
  • Michael Wynne (Warrington)
  • Ian Tracey (Liverpool Cathedral)
  • Julie Ann Carr (Southport)
  • Ian Wells (Holy Trinity Southport)

We still have a full Lunchtime Organ Recital programme until the end of the year so why not come and give it a try?

In April a great crowd of singers and the Church and Chapel Choirs joined together for a Come and Sing Faure Requiem. We rehearsed in the afternoon and then were joined by friends and family later on for a performance of this beautiful work.

This event was a great opportunity for singers from all over the North West to meet up and for the young people from the church choir to experience singing again with a large choir.

The rehearsals and concert were conducted by Holy Trinity Director of Music, Ian Wells and accompanied on the organ by Professor Ian Tracey from Liverpool Cathedral.

In May we saw the opening of our annual Art Exhibition. This was a great success and we are very thankful to all those who displayed works of art, took classes and demonstrations and helped set up the exhibition.

As well as the wonderful paintings we were treated to delights in the kitchen; lovely lunches followed by scrumptious afternoon tea. Everyone commented on how fantastic the food was.

New this year were events in the church whilst the exhibition was taking place in the Parish Centre. On Saturday we welcomed Ian Martin and Friends for poetry readings relating to the twenty most popular works of art. On Sunday Jack Watson came and entertained us with songs from the Great American Songbook. All accompanied by Ian Tracey on the piano.

As we moved into June we held our usual week of Lunchtime Concerts. These were very varied and we thank Danielle Louise Thomas and Stephen Mannings for a beautiful performance of songs from stage and screen. We were then delighted to welcome the Greenbank Clarinet Ensemble. This group of very talented young people and their teachers, conducted Miss Palmer, gave a very interesting and varied programme. Miss Palmer gave helpful and informative introductions to the pieces and the group were a real hit. Later in the week we had a performance by Kirsty Ligertwood (piano) and Barbara Ruzsics (soprano) and the whole week finished off with a rip-roaring performance by Quatrosax. Thank you to all our performers.

We ended the month of June with a spectacular concert featuring Intrada Brass, the Choirs of Holy Trinity Church, all directed by Ian Wells and accompanied by Ian Tracey. This was a thrilling concert and Intrada Brass were amazing. We enjoyed listening to pieces for brass only, organ and choir and then for several items everyone joined together to make a joyful noise. Everyone enjoyed the concert immensely and we have had many requests to invite Intrada Brass back to Holy Trinity.

In July we saw the third Southport Young Musician Competition to be held at Holy Trinity. We were very encouraged by the number of young people who entered the competition and the skill and talent of those who performed. The age range was 8 – 18 and everyone involved gave of their very best. The event was adjudicated by Dr Simon Lindley who took great time and effort to give feedback to the performers. Congratulations go to Angelina Dorlin-Barlow who was awarded the final prize of Southport Young Musician 2017. Angelina was a previous winner in 2015. Congratulations also to Rachel Burnett (runner up) and George Medley (most promising musician).

Rachel Burnett (winner of the SMYC 2016) gave a wonderful performance in our lunchtime concert series focusing on young talent. Rachel sings, plays the piano and saxophone. Rachel also gave the first performance of a piece she had written herself called Alien. The programme was well thought out and introduced beautifully by Rachel herself. It is very encouraging to see so much young talent on display at Holy Trinity this year.

Returning from our summer holidays we were delighted to listen to a wonderful programme given by Angelina Dorlin-Barlow. Angelina has been the winner of our Young Musician competition twice now. She gave a stunning performance on violin, piano and voice. We were also able to raise much needed funds for Queenscourt Hospice. Thank you to everyone who attended and donated.

One of the highlights of our season so far was the concert on 23 September given by Côr Godre’r Aran directed by Eirian Owen. This was their fourth visit to us and nearly 200 people in the audience gave them a great welcome. They offered a very varied programme which not only included performances by the whole choir, but also wonderful solos performed by Trebor Lloyd Evans and Steffan Prys Roberts. A very enjoyable evening!