Oh Happy Day, Amazing Grace and Down by the Riverside were among the gospel favourites resounding through the Parish Church last night. Tyndale Thomas (pictured) and the Liverpool Harmonic Gospel Choir sang with such exuberance that the audience could barely help but join in, whether by swaying, clapping or, at times, singing along.
This energetic performance followed a contrasting first half, featuring the Prescot Festival Chorus and a programme of music by John Rutter, one of the foremost sacred composers in the Church of England today. Conductor Philip Arkwright (Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral) chose eight Rutter anthems for the occasion, including a joyous setting of All Things Bright and Beautiful and the moving The Lord Bless You and Keep You. As if festival-goers weren’t spoiled enough, they were also treated to several beautifully expressive solos from soprano Ruth Anderson.
Alas, we come to the end of the Eighth Annual Prescot Festival. Be sure to join us tonight for our final night, beginning at 6.00pm at the Parish Church for Festival Choral Evensong, with the Prescot Parish Church Choir. Entry to this traditional sung service of evening prayer is free.
At 7.30pm, join us for our Diamond Jubilee-themed Festival Finale, with the Aughton Male Voice Choir and soprano Laura Hudson. Bring your flags and enjoy a Proms-style programme of patriotic classics, including Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia. Entry is £3 on the door.