Parishioners from Corpus Christi, Oxford, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Wheatley, enjoyed a wonderful concert in aid of their CAFOD Connect2 project with Sebeya, Ethiopia. Young virtuoso pianist, Jem Duckmanton, played a wide range of pieces from 18th – 20th Century Classical composers.
The concert was the brainchild of Wheatley parishioner, Freda Duckmanton, whose 19 year old grandson, Jem, is a talented pianist and chorister, awarded a scholarship to study composition at the Purcell School. Jem was delighted to perform for the Parish and proceeds from the retiring collection raised £360 towards the parish’s Connect 2 target of £7000, which it hopes to reach in autumn 2017. This would be sufficient to fund a new irrigation system for the community in Sebeya in the drought-torn region of North Ethiopia, close to the Eritrean border.
During the interval in the performance, parishioners gathered over a glass of wine and learnt more about the CAFOD Connect 2 Project and Ethiopia.
The parish has done such wonderful events over the years to support the community in Sebeya and this was no exception.
Thanking Jem for a wonderful evening of music, Parish Priest, Canon Mervyn Tower said, “You have filled the church with wonderful sounds this evening, so much richer than listening to Classic FM on the radio. Your rendering of Arabesque by Debussy was particularly moving but I am sure we all had our own favourite moments from pieces from Bach to Rachmaninov.”
The audience cheered their appreciation of Jem who played Dudley Moore’s witty piece, Beethoven parody, as an encore. At the end of the evening, Jem received three curtain calls in appreciation of his talent and commitment.
Thank you to Corpus Christi, Oxford, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Wheatley for organising such a wonderful event and particularly to Jem for using your amazing skills to help support our brothers and sisters in Sebeya.
To find out more about the Connect 2 Scheme and the other 4 countries involved in the scheme, visit our C2 website.