Packed audience enjoys Oldhamstocks programme

THERE was very little pew space in Oldhamstocks Church on Friday, September 10, when a large number of people filled the church to enjoy an evening of popular music.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 22nd September 2010, 3:32 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd September 2010, 3:32 pm

The evening's programme featured Elizabeth McKeon (soprano) and Dave Davies, concert organist.

Elizabeth is no stranger to Oldhamstocks, having sung at a number of concerts and church fundraising occasions in recent years. Her soprano voice demonstrated its suitablility through the lovely acoustics and her versatility was shown as she sang works by Schubert, Handel, Puccini and Strauss and Scots songs.

Dave Davies who accompanied Elizabeth, is a popular figure in the musical world. He studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and took lessons on the fine organ in Chester Cathedral.

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His career developed across a wide cross-section, from classical church music to playing as a concert organist on the mighty Wurlitzers of Blackpool Tower to smaller Compton organs up and down the land.

At Oldhamstocks (where he deputises as part of the organist team on a Sunday) Dave provided a wide range of music: classical, musicals, modern songs, war-time favourites, Scots songs and not least, the Big Band sound of Glen Miller.

In this a good bit of foot-tapping as well as some singing could be detected among the audience.

The event, in aid of church funds raised 385.