Last Saturday night people flocked to St Vincent’s Church Caythorpe to hear the Festival Singers with their conductor Stuart Freshney, pay tribute to one of their founding altos, the much loved Sally Kelway, who died very suddenly at the beginning of February. The audience of over 200 people were treated to some of Sally’s favourite pieces, from classic anthems like” Lead me Lord” by Samuel Wesley and “All in an April Evening” by Hugh Roberton to hits from Abba!
In deference to Sally’s love of Scotland, Paul Breslin played a typical ceilidh dance medley on his accordion and the Singers sang “The Skye Boat Song”.
Sally’s son Jack read the beautiful poem “Snowdrops” that he wrote for his mother’s thanksgiving service and the St Vincent’s Handbells, with whom Sally used to ring, performed two pieces.
Sally loved her gardening and was involved with the formation of GROW, so we were thrilled the Festival Singers chose us for any donations received. The audience was extremely generous and the staggering sum of £802.24 was raised. This will enable the first garden at Grantham hospital to start shortly and work to commence on the next project.
Thank you so much Festival Singers