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‘Wall in the Mind’ provokes thought in the Meeting House
On Saturday 23rd February, an attentive audience were moved by real stories from borders around the world over the past few decades, presented by the talented Leeds based Sound Company Choir. We heard moving tales of separation, tragedy and humanity from conflicts as disparate as the Cold War, Israel-Palestine, the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ as well as ongoing social disruption on the borders of India and Bangladesh, and of Mexico and the US. Interspersed with songs both stirring and beautiful, the drama wove these stories together, pointing to the commonality of human experience in the face of enforced segregation; and of the hope and redemption that can take place when the walls finally come down.
Many thanks to the company. We wish you well for future performances.
The Many faces of J S Bach – Sunday 31st March, 7.00pm
This month, our very own Wilf Fenten will be presenting a very special narrative on the life and work of J S Bach, illustrated with musical interludes including keyboard works performed by Simon Watkins, cello music played by Christine Dittman and chorals sung by singers Joan Horsfield, Jenny Robinson, Chris Skidmore and Simon Watkins. Entrance is free, with donations accepted in aid of the Farfield Meeting House restoration appeal.
Events, events, events!
In April we’re thrilled to be welcoming storyteller Lou Armitt and composer Richard Leigh to perform ‘Send down this night’ – a collection of words and music from the Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Baha’i traditions. Richard’s music is spectacularly beautiful, and can be previewed online. We’re sure that the combination of this stunning music with our ancient walls will be a uniquely atmospheric and memorable experience for all. Come and hear it first hand on Saturday 20th April, 7.00pm
Saturday 25th May brings Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’ to Airton, by the exceptional Leeds Library Theatre, at 7.30pm. Then on Saturday 22nd June, Pinsuti Chamber Choir will be performing their summer concert here, again at 7.30pm.
And in July, we’ll find out if the Meeting House is good-enough-for-jazz… watch this space to find out more soon!
More events to be scheduled later in the year – keep checking our What’s on page and look out for our postings on Twitter and Facebook (both @Airtonbarn) over the coming months.
Yorkshire Dales National Park Sustainable Development Fund
Airton Friends Meeting is grateful for the support of the YDNP Sustainable Development Fund in assisting with the recent purchase of our piano, making it possible to present a varied and exciting series of events this year. If you would like to hold an event making use of the piano, get in touch with the Friend in Residence.
‘Young Friends’ Reunion
Airton Friends Meeting hosted many a visit by Young Friends from Yorkshire and beyond from 1950s to 1990s. This year we’re inviting alumni of these weekends and holidays to a reunion, on Saturday 28th September. See the full story here.