PREVIEW: Monthly Jazz Vespers @ Christ Church Highbury N5 (March 26th, 6.30pm)


Rachel Maby
Photo Credit : City Academy

New singers and congregation members are very welcome this Sunday 26th March at 6.30pm, when Christ Church Highbury will host an intimate evening of jazz and soul music at the monthly Jazz Vespers service. Leading the musical worship will be the newly established Christ Church jazz choir, directed by its Music Director, Rachel Maby. Joining them will be Liam Dunachie on piano, Greg Gottlieb on bass and Scott Chapman on drums. Rachel Maby writes:

Christ Church Highbury’s monthly Jazz Vespers service is now in its second year, having been founded by jazz trombonist and Guildhall School of Music and Drama jazz professor, Scott Stroman. Jazz Vespers is a music lead service where Christians and non-Christians are welcome alike. The service allows time to reflect and appreciate spiritual and secular musical works in an informal worship setting.

This month’s service falls on Mother’s Day and the Christ Church Jazz choir will be performing my new arrangements of ‘Mother’s Eyes’ jazz standard, ‘No one knows me like the piano’ by Sampha and Adam Morris’ arrangement of ‘Mother’s Child’ by Gregory Porter. These songs will be interspersed with congregation hymns and fellowship songs.

Christ Church Jazz Vespers has seen many well-known London jazz musicians perform, such as Norma Winstone and Pete Churchill. It’s also a great platform for young up-and-coming jazz artists to take part and play; the church has previously hosted the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Big Band and Jazz Choir.

Christ Church Jazz Vespers falls on the last Sunday of each month and offers the opportunity for members of the congregation and local community to come and sing with the jazz choir, to help lead the musical worship in the hymn and fellowship songs. We meet at 5pm on the day to rehearse with the band before the service. If you would be interested in taking part, just message me via my website: www.rachelmaby.com/contact

Christ Church is situated in the heart of Highbury and is a 5min walk from Highbury and Islington station and on the direct route of 19, 4 and 236 buses. The church address is 155 Highbury Grove, London, N5 1SA.

All are most welcome.


Scott Stroman directing Jazz Vespers at Christ Church Highbury

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