It was at a MADD meeting in the Old Bulls Head, early 2017, that Bob Barker asked if the men of MADD could come up with any ideas for a fundraising event for CCW. It was tentatively suggested that they might be able to organise a ROCK CONCERT!
The date would be September 23rd 2017 the first rock concert to be held at Christ Church. One church member had received a vision two years previously that such a concert would happen and so it came to pass … It was to be called WareReaction.
Much preparation went into the event. The MADD Men became busy selling tickets, Catriona designed a logo for the event. The bands were rehearsing, Sam Woodward was working on various lighting sequences. Numerous people at Christ Church came together to make sure that the event would be successful, until finally, the big day arrived!
At 7.30pm on Saturday night, Peter Wall the Event Manager, gave a warm welcome to an audience of approximately two hundred people. The first band was introduced and INSTINCT got the concert off to a great start with Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”. Sam Woodward and his tech team were doing a great job with flashing lights, smoke machine and glitter ball. It all added to the great atmosphere inside Christ Church. Instinct’s set finished with a rendition of “Run to the Hills” an Iron Maiden song.
Our own JESSIE DIPPER singer/songwriter was next on the stage. She commenced with “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone and then continued with some of her own compositions. “Beans on Toast” was my favourite, and she finished to a great round of applause.
GRACE, TALITHA and ROSIE were the next band to perform, one of their songs being “Barcelona” by Ed Sheeran. Just like the previous performers they received a very good welcome and were cheered off.
SAM & ROBIN gave us yet another musical genre with a lovely performance of “Autumn Leaves” with Sam on the violin and Robin on guitar.
REDEEMING FEATURE really got the place rocking with one of their own compositions “Alright OK”. RF made no apologies for being a Christian band and performed songs about God’s love for us through his son Jesus. Half way through their set Chris Peirce played Tocatta & Fugue in D minor, beginning on guitar and changing to the church organ to finish his tribute to JS Bach.
THE CCW CHOIR were accompanying Redeeming Feature on some of their songs, especially on the reggae version of “Swing Low” and the last song “Together We Stand”. All the performers joined RF for the Grand Finale and made what can only be described as an incredibly loud and joyful sound. Praise the Lord!
I have heard rumours of a repeat concert for next year, we’ll just have to wait and see!
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