We had a fantastic concert in Church on Friday evening to celebrate the 90th birthday of Dr Noel Preston, a dedicated and much loved member of our congregation.
Noel opened the concert with Handel’s Largo, explaining how it had been a popular piece of the St Chrysostom’s choir when he was organist here in the 1940s. We had lovely vocal pieces from Fliss, Cheryl, Lisa, Natasha and Noel’s wife, Valerie, sang Vaughan Williams’, Linden Lea. Steve played a Mendelssohn Organ Sonata (with help from Kristof who had to do some stop changes within the organ itself!). Miyoung did an amazing piece Soiree de Vienne by Alfred Grunfeld, which will stay in many people’s memories for a long time. Julie did a comic piece, and Olly and Toby did two songs together.
At the end we had two special items, Fliss and Kristof sang a hymn in thanksgiving of St Chrysostom to a tune written by Noel himself, and Noel, by popular request recited, wonderfully, Stanley Holloway’s Albert and the Lion. We all finished by joyfully singing Jerusalem.
And while Noel acknowledged that his tips for long living did not work for all he would still share them with us. They are:
1. Having faith
2. A good supportive marriage and family
3. Wine (and other things) in moderation.