REV. CANON PETER BRISTOW’S RETIRMENT SERVICE
A wonderful service of celebration was held on Sunday as our Vicar Rev. Canon Peter Bristow retired, after 17 years of Ministry in our Benefice. Here are a few pictures which sum up what a marvelous occasion this was. We all wish Peter and the Family all the very best for the future.
THE HERMITAGE ENSEMBLE OF ST.PETERSBURG
On 29 March, St Mary’s was privileged to host the Hermitage Ensemble, a group of five male voices. Although the Ensemble has been visiting the UK for many years, this is the first time they have been to Boston Spa – and it won’t be the last!
The singers divide their time between opera, concerts and teaching at the St Petersburg Conservatoire. Although much of their work is in Russia, they have sung throughout Europe, including appearances at Covent Garden. The group consists of three tenors, a baritone and a bass; as we heard, a Russian bass can sing much lower than other basses. They sang with amazing power and there is always something about Russian singers that gives you the feeling that their voices are travelling across hundreds of miles of the steppes
The first half was Russian Orthodox sacred music; it is always sung unaccompanied since an organ or instruments were thought to be theatrical and therefore morally suspect. Although Orthodox music was originally a blend of Greek and Byzantine influences, it turned into a distinctively Russian tradition. The second half consisted of Russian folksongs with a lot of jollity and musical conversation.
A special thank you to those who provided beds for the singers and let them experience our traditional warm welcome.
Knitted Bible at St Marys! 33 Individual knitted Bible story scenes.
The Children that came along from the local schools loved it too…..
A few pics from the Mothers Union Strawberry Cream Tea 2016. Pictures owned by Sheila Harper
Here are a couple of pictures from Rev Jane Brown’s First Holy Communion at St Mary’s, following her Priestly Ordination at York Minster on 22 May 2016.