Do you live in the Basingstoke area and are you free on Friday 14 October at 7.30pm? Then make sure you do not miss Chris Olding’s Silver Service concert at St Bede’s church, Popley Way, RG24 9DX.
Chris has been a church musician for twenty five years, serving as organist or musical director at a number of parishes across Hampshire and London. He also spent five years as a chorister, assistant organist and conductor at the Cathedral Church of St Marie, Sheffield. He is currently an organist and Musical Co-ordinator at St Bede’s church in Basingstoke and director of a London-based music group, and sings with the Schola Assumptionis Renaissance chamber choir.
Chris wanted to celebrate his silver anniversary and has decided to hold this special concert in Basingstoke to mark the occasion – and very kindly, he has decided to donate to CAFOD all proceeds from the event! Admission to the event is free and a poster can be downloaded here.
The programme will include some of his favourite pieces and stories from his career as a parish musician.
As well as his silver anniversary, 2011 marks the year in which Chris will release some of his compositions under the Wheatsheaf Music Publishing label, including his well-received Litany of the Saints, psalm collections, contemplative chants and new settings of the 2010 Order of Mass.
Throwing caution to the wind, Chris will attempt to improvise a piece of organ music without preparation, based on tunes chosen by the congregation. “Organists are used to improvising during quiet moments of a service”, he says, “but rarely in a performance setting – it could all go disastrously wrong!”
Chris will be joined by the St Bede’s Choir, from the church’s 9am mass, and soloists Natalie Fairhurst and Nathan Fenton, two of the church’s long-standing music-makers.
It promises to be a really special evening – make sure you do not miss it!