IN the evening of Saturday, November 2, 2019, a delighted audience was treated to a ‘musical feast’ to remember, at Christchurch, Ilkley. MC Prof. Janet Cade introduced the three young tenors, Joseph Spratt, Christopher Littlewood and Alexander Grainger, and pianist Ewan Gilford, who had all trained together at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. What amazing talent and humour! They had the audience transported to faraway places and times, with their renditions of many well known songs including la donna e mobile, Bring him Home from Les Miserables, Love Changes Everything, an aria from Don Giovanni, songs from Handel’s Messiah, Wagner and Weber, and ending with Puccini’s well-loved Nessun Dorma. Their light-hearted antics on stage had the audience laughing with them and, judging by the rapturous applause, standing ovation and encore, they more than met their objective, which was to appeal to a wide range of musical tastes.

Janet Cade thanked them profusely for their wonderful performances. After the interval, a short and very moving film was shown, outlining some of the work of Christian Aid. Janet thanked the audience for taking part, by singing along so energetically to the Song of Kingdom Come, which was sung during the film. Gary Knamiller, Christian Aid Rep. also thanked the audience for supporting Christian Aid and expressed gratitude to the team of organisers, whose inspiration and hard work led to its success. £1835 was raised for Christian Aid.

Diana Feather