Musical Extravaganza at Christ Church Parish, Lisburn

Wednesday February 26th 2014

The Rev John Pickering and members of the Fundraising Committee who organised a ‘Musical Extravaganza' in Christ Church Parish, Lisburn.Report and photographs by John Kelly

A ‘Musical Extravaganza’ held in Christ Church Parish, Lisburn, has raised more than £1,000 to extend a school built by the parish in Uganda.

Lisnagarvey Operatic Society presented an evening of songs from the shows in the
Pictured prior to a ‘Musical Extravaganza' in Christ Church Parish, Lisburn, are the Rev John Pickering and Lisnagarvey Operatic Society members Heather Campbell, Kathleen Algie, Roy McIlwrath (President), Jennifer Anderson (Chairperson) and Gwen on February 13. Compere Heather Campbell introduced a great selection of foot tapping songs from popular shows including Oklahoma and Les Miserables, also some from the society’s forthcoming production of ‘Me and my Girl’ which they will present at the Island Hall, Lisburn, from April 8–14.

Musical Director was Ian Milford and the accompanist was Christine Cairns. The event was the last in the Society’s autumn and winter series of concerts which to date have raised some £5,000 for various charities. All proceeds from the Christ Church concert are going to fund the parish’s school building project in St Apollo, Uganda.

A spokesperson for Christ Church Fundraising Committee said: “Over three years ago, some members of Christ Church Parish started what seemed like an impossible task of raising funds to build a new school in Uganda.

“Following lots of hard work and ingenuity a team from Christ Church helped build the school in February 2012 and when the team return to Uganda in February 2015, they hope to extend the school and build staff accommodation. We would like to thank Lisnagarvey Operatic Society for a wonderful night’s entertainment which helped us raise over £1,000 towards our Uganda project.”


Tommy and Sadie Jess and their daughter Pauline Graham pictured at the ‘Musical Extravaganza' in Christ Church Parish, Lisburn.

Jean Briggs, Sylvia Creighton and Daphne Sloan enjoying ice cream during the interval at the ‘Musical Extravaganza' in Christ Church Parish, Lisburn.

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