Free Organ Concert At Whitehouse United Methodist Church, Nov. 3

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The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers performed at the concert at Victoria Hall in Bolton on Saturday evening. Fusilier Rigby’s mother, stepfather and sisters all attended. The soldier, from Langley, Middleton, was stabbed to death in the street near Woolwich Barracks in London on 22 May. Organiser Ann-Marie Etherington said the concert was “moving and emotional”. ‘Poignant finale’ About 600 people attended the event, at which the Manchester branch of the Scots Guards Association Pipes and Drums also performed. Ms Etherington, from the Rotary Club of Great Hardwood and Rishton said: “The Fusiliers designed the programme so there was something for everyone, with everything from James Bond theme music to music from shows. “It was very emotional in parts but there was some humour too. “The finale was extremely poignant. The final song was Here’s to the Heroes and then Lee’s two young sisters were presented with a large portrait of him.” She said: “Lee’s mother Lyn told me it had been difficult but she was very moved by it and grateful. She said she was glad she came.” Lee Rigby was a drummer with the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Ms Etherington added: “Victoria Hall has superb acoustics and, with the 50-strong Fusilier band and 12 pipers, it made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.” The 25-year-old soldier had been in the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers since 2006. He was walking to the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, when he was struck by a car and then attacked. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, have been charged with his murder. They deny the charges.

Fusilier Lee Rigby: Concert held in Bolton in his memory

The band during rehearsals

3 View/Post Comments Alejandro D. Consolacion II The Whitehouse United Methodist Church will celebrate the hiring of its new organist and music director, Alejandro D. Consolacion II, with a free organ concert on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 3 4:30 p.m., at the church, located at 73 Old Highway 28 in Whitehouse. A free-will offering will be collected to support the church. Consolacion is a truly gifted musician and we are delighted to have him with us. He is presently pursuing his Masters of Music in Organ Performance at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He has served as organist in churches in his native Philippines and has received commissions from different music organizations, festivals and cathedrals in the Philippines as well as throughout Asia and the United States. In 2001 Consolacion was invited to perform for her Royal Highness Queen Sofia of Spain during her visit to Manila. He recently won second place at an international Organ Improvisation Competition at the University of Michigan. In addition to being a highly accomplished organist, he is also a composer and has made several CD recordings. His music has been described as pure, spiritual and uplifting. Choirs all over the world have performed his music in concert and competitions. He is regarded as an influential figure in organ and sacred music. As one member of the congregation summed up Alejandros considerable talents, He makes the organ sing! Enjoy an afternoon of organ music which will include works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Theodore Dubois, Louis Couperin and Improvisation on a submitted theme by Alejandro Consolacion.

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