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Fri, 24 Jul


Our Lady Saint Mary's Church South Creak

CANCELLED - Jephta by Handel

The Yorke Trust together with Noxwode led by Christopher McMullen-Laird presents Händel's Jeptha

Time & Location

24 Jul 2020, 19:00

Our Lady Saint Mary's Church South Creak, Church Ln, South Creake, Fakenham NR21 9LX, UK

About the event

This event has been cancelled due to COVID 19 and is being planned to take place 2021.

Personaly message to Chris in light of your sudden passing 18 June 2020: I just can’t believe it!! You were changing the world! One barefoot step at a time, one sauna at a time and most of all with one smile that would never fade. The most humble, genuine person I’ve met in London, who kindly fostered our sourdough Earnie’s child, Emilio, and brought freshly baked rye bread with you when you came to stay in January. Who even in the most professional context could admit a mistake - even though it wasn’t your mistake, but purely to get the absolute best out of your colleagues and make us feel comfortable on stage. I will miss our Swedish-Norwegian conversations where half the meanings would get lost in translation. I will miss your fantastic photos of nudist yoga poses on top of Norwegian mountains or next to a lake, always so idyllic and with an invitation to come stay with you in Norway. I will miss our competitions of who studied in the most Steineresque school (you always won, I mean, who can compete with having live sheep in school that provided you with wool!?).

Most of all, I will miss you.

I know you will keep on smiling, wherever you are <3

Update from the Yorke Trust on the sudden passing of Christopher McMullen-Laird  Christopher was to have joined us in Norfolk to conduct the Yorke Trust's summer opera production of Handel's Jephtha this year after a stunningly successful Come & Sing Mozart's Requiem day in February and Jennifer Hamilton's memorable production of Purcell's The Tempest last July. Members of our community chorus, seasoned amateurs and those new to singing alike, were inspired by Chris' charisma and enthusiasm that gave even the most senior choristers the confidence to sing from memory, most having never done so before. His immaculate and detailed direction of the period ensemble Noxwode underpinned the production, some of the instrumentalists also performing from memory both on the stage and in various cornets of the church. He opened the ears, hearts and minds of all who worked with him, having that rare ability of being able to infuse levels of excellence in everybody, similar to those to which he himself aspired.  Conducting from memory and in bare feet added the final 'je ne sais quoi'!  Chris will be a hard act to follow. How tragic that such a promising career has been cut short so early.  All of us whose lives he touched have fond memories to treasure that will remain with us always.   Rodney Slatford OBE  ​Chairman, The Yorke Trust

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