Review: Friendly lunchtime concerts live up to reputation at St Bartholomew’s

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St Bartholomews, Armley, photographed from Cabbage Hill. Photo: Mark Stevenson

By Susan Johnson

The four concerts plus lunch held at St Bartholomew’s Church lived up to their name for friendliness, warm atmosphere, great live music and tasty lunch.

In this magnificent Armley church with its famous Schulze organ, we were entertained to some diverse music by a variety of very talented musicians.

In the first concert Roger Quick, a brilliant raconteur, entertained with his piano extravaganza and delighted his audience with an eclectic mix of music styles finishing with a renditioning of the Hippopotamus Song to smiling faces.

The second concert was performed by two talented young musicians Molly Barber, violin, and Ben Attfield, piano, with a recital of works by Mozart, Elgar and Debussy. A delightful performance.

In the third concert a singer with a beautiful soprano voice, Julia Poole, accompanied by her husband guitarist, Mike Poole, gave a wonderful interpretation of popular songs, some written by Mike.

The final concert was given by Graham Barber, the church’s resident organist. The programme was entitled “The Harmonious Harpsichord” but due to a problem with the instrument Graham brilliantly rescued the situation by playing an assortment of composers’ works on the piano instead, which proved to be a very harmonious finale.

Other free concerts bookable online are on the 12th and 27th of May. Those who attended are grateful to all the volunteers for their hard work and to the Asda Foundation for supporting the Really Friendly Music Lunches, they do really live up to their name.

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