Trinity St. Stephen's United Church - Amherst
On Saturday evening, November 2, 2013 the Cumberland District Masonic Association was pleased to host its main fund-raiser of the year for CEIP ( The Cumberland Early Intervention Program ).
We were very happy to be able to bring to Amherst the Caledonian Orchestra to provide an evening of Scottish music for the people of Cumberland.
Trinity St. Stephen is a magical place to hold such an event as the sanctuary in this church is second to none in terms of its rich hued wooden beauty, its outstanding acoustics and its unencumbered line of sight. The instrumentals and beautiful vocals of the talented guest artists were enriched by the ambience of this venue and thus gave the audience an evening of musical entertainment that few outside the great concert halls of Europe are ever privileged to experience.
The Caledonian Orchestra was formed in 1993 and is dedicated to the promotion of traditional Scottish music. Currently it holds most of its rehearsals in Truro but its members hail from New Glasgow, Truro, Halifax/Dartmouth and Riverview, New Brunswick. They are available to do benefit concerts and have performed with many talented vocalists, musicians and dancers. Please visit their website for more info on this talented group of people: www.caledonianorchestra.com.
For this event they brought with them a lady's barbershop quartet from PEI called "Take Note" and the Scottish entertainer, Jimmy Sweeney, formerly of the group Barley Bree. The evening opened with "Amazing Grace" lead by the piper, Susan Bezanson, backed up by the orchestra.
The orchestra performed under the masterful hands of its conductor, Maestro Nelson Ferguson. Our contact who assisted in making all the arrangements necessary to get the orchestra to Amherst was Marsha Sutton, the orchestra's percussionist. Thank-you for helping make this evening a reality.
A special thanks to Ron Ross, the evening's MC, for his informative intros and timely anecdotes and to all the members of the orchestra, thank-you for a wonderfully uplifting evening of traditional Scottish music.
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The purpose of the evening was to raise money for CEIP and we were very pleased to see that so many residents of Cumberland came out to support CEIP and enjoy an evening of fine Scottish music.
The final financial results of the evening are not in as yet but a substantial donation to CEIP is in the offing. This evening was also supported by the Bank of Nova Scotia through their "Team Scotia Community Fund-raising" program. As well, the CDMA had a beautiful 16 x 20 inch painting by artist Joanie Linkletter on which tickets were sold. 132 tickets in total were sold and the lucky winner was Mary Barker.
Much thanks must be given to all who worked so hard to make this evening a success. A big thank-you to the co-chairs of the event, Bro. Jim MacNab and Bro. Tom Mattinson and their committee. Also to the two local community radio stations, Tantramar and Parrsboro, for playing the Scottish music and advertising the show, to Ron Bickle for his sound system expertise, to the ladies of the Trinity St. Stephen's United Church for providing a delicious lunch for the performers, to the church for the rental of their facility and to all who helped out in any way selling tickets and the hundred-and-one other things that go on behind the scenes.
Below is a five minute video exert from the evening's performance which has been uploaded to You Tube for your enjoyment. I am sure if you were unable to attend, you will wish you had!