Some of the loudest and most unmusical sounds ever heard in the ancient church of All Saints, Ashover, echoed through the building on Sunday morning – and the congregation loved it! More than 30 youngsters playing a large selection of musical instruments blew, shook, banged and hooted with gusto to help the Rector, the Revd Ralph Lawrence, ‘make a row by creating music’ as he explored the importance of harmony in our modern world. Adults in the congregation were then given a chance to show off their talents by singing ‘Baa baa black sheep ‘in the round’ under the direction of Ashover Celebration Choir musical director Ruth Russell. It was left to the choir and Ashover band under the baton of Andy Davey to provide more professional musical items in the service which was specially designed as a May Carnival Songs of Praise. The choir sang a hymn scripted by Kelstedge wordsmith Marion Bingham and the band played music from the Phantom of the Opera, Angels by Robbie Williams and Lord of the Dance.
The service also featured a reading by Susan Lawrence and intercessions by the Revd Alan Telford. Sarah Evans was organist.
“All in all, it was a really lively and wonderful service of praise,” said church member Molly Chatfield. “Everyone enjoyed it.”