Summerlea United Church
225 50th Ave, Lachine, Québec, H8T2T7, Canada. 514-634-2651

(Last updated 15-3-2015)

Folks | Pages | Anthems

An Afternoon of Music

With Union Church Gospel Choir
and the
Summerlea United Church Choir

Saturday, June 14, 2014

It was on Palm Sunday in April of 2012 when we first met the women gospel singers
of Union United Church. With several others of the Union United congregation they came
that day to help celebrate their member Rolanda Taylor as she neared the completion
of her year of internship for the ministry at Summerlea.

With those warm memories in mind, Union member Julie Whittaker
contacted Summerlea with a proposal for a fundraising event
to be held at Summerlea in support of Union United's Capital Campaign.
They have been worshipping in N. D. G. at Rosedale-Queen Mary United Church while their old home
on Delisle Street in Montreal undergoes major renovations.
It was with great enthusiasm from all at Summerlea that the idea was received
and an afternoon of music that would feature both the music of Union United and Summerlea United
was organized.
View the Programme here.
View the list of Choir Members and Musicians here.

Seventeen Summerlea Choir members were able to participate
and when the two choirs combined director Connie Osborne
joined the singers under the direction of the Union Choir
director Myrtle Thomas.
Here we see Connie and the Summerlea choir warming up in St. Andrew's Hall prior to the concert.

After the two choirs processed in from two sides singing
a Summerlea familiar (Come All Ye People),
the choirs combined to produce a
with Ride on King Jesus.
And this opening number truly exemplifies our Hymn book's title:
Voices United.
To listen and continue browsing this page just right click
on the link above and choose "Open in New Tab."

The regular pounding rhythm you can hear is supplied by none other
than choir director Myrtle Thomas in a manner
putting ole Stompin' Tom Connors to shame!

A selection of pictures (some of questionable quality!) shows, I hope, the energy, enthusiasm and devotion of both groups to their "Ministry Through Music."
The lower left photo shows the surprise guest Myrtle's mother (I'm afraid her name escaped me) singing a country selection: "The Land Where We Never Grow Old."
And Myrtle is proof that the apple never falls far from the tree!
The middle left shows guest musicians Medad Ernest, Stéphane Joyce and Rehuel Ernest on piano, bass and drums respectively.
An example of each choir's individual sound is given below
with two of my favourite numbers from the concert.
See the programme for composer/arranger credits.

Three more pictures show Scott Patton with closing remarks,
the two choirs assembled and the musicians:

And such an afternoon of fellowship in song
must be followed by fellowship and Goodies!
After all, you cannot bring two churches together without Goodies!!
Many thanks to all the organizers for reminding us
about what it is all about.
Thank You!

For any comments, suggestions or requests about this Web Page: Please contact me.

Top | Folks | Pages | Anthems