Remembering a servant of the church

Organist Brian Webb
Organist Brian Webb

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Rev Paul Armstead, vicar, St James Church, Milton talks about the new appeal set up in memory of the church’s organist Brian Webb

HE was a dedicated man, who never missed a single Sunday in a career that lasted more than 40 years.

Brian Webb was the organist here at St James, Milton, for 21 years and before that had been organist at the now-closed St Patrick’s Church.

He died earlier this year.

He was such a servant of the church that we wanted to remember him with something that we would use every single week.

So we have started the Brian Webb Memorial Appeal which will raise money to replace our hymn books.

Brian and I were always talking about the latest hymn book that had been printed, as we’ve been using the current ones for more than 20 years.

So it would be appropriate if the money raised in his memory went towards that improvement to church life.

One of the fundraising events that will go towards this appeal is a concert this Saturday by a group called the Winchester Quiristers.

The Winchester College Quiristers are a 600-year-old choir renowned for its excellence, who perform a wide variety of music at home and abroad.

They broadcast, record and go on tour, with recent foreign destinations including Canada, the Czech Republic and Hong Kong.

In 2003, they took part in a special BBC Prom in the presence of the Queen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coronation.

In 2001, 2003 and 2004, a Quirister won the title of BBC Young Chorister of the Year: a quite outstanding record.

Tickets are available on the night at £5 each, and can be booked on 07512 354481.

I do hope that you will want to come and enjoy music made by a talented boys’ choir under the direction of Malcolm Archer, one of the world’s leading church musicians, composer and recitalist. It all starts at 7pm.

It promises to be an evening to celebrate music at its best, and a worthy way to remember a servant of the Church.

ST JAMES CHURCH, 287 Milton Road, Milton, Portsmouth, PO4 8PG Sunday services: 8am: Said Mass

9.30am: Parish Mass with Junior Church

6.30pm: Evensong

Contact details: the Rev Paul Armstead: (023) 9273 2786 or father.paul@stjamesmilton.org.uk

Website: stjamesmilton.org.uk