Winter Concert

22 Nov

What a night we had last night. We were invited to the Newent School Winter Concert in Gloucester Cathedral. It was spectacular. Stunning surroundings; completely filled with people; and the most amazing array of musical talent from every single person who sang or played. We were sitting right at the front, which was brilliant because we could also see all the things going on behind the scenes as well. Not that we looked often, because we were so engrossed in the music.  Oh, that sounds as though things were going on which shouldn’t have been. They weren’t –  it’s just really interesting to be able to see all the aspects of a performance.

It was all breathtaking, but there was one bit which was particularly special for us. On the programme was a bit about Rosie and The Knock on Effect. It ended with this:

‘Rosie, we thought you might like to be with us tonight. “Tears in Heaven” is for you. We will remember you, always. Your friends at Newent Community School.’

Such a special message.

Then right near the end of the concert, The Harmony Choir which is staff and students, led the entire cathedral in us all singing Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton, for Rosie. I had a picture of her sitting on top of the choir screen grinning at us. The sound was amazing. Hundreds of people singing together was amazing. A truly moving moment.

We also got an idea  – in the cloisters,( where there was a roaring trade in mulled drinks in the interval and where bits of Harry Potter were filmed) were some amazing models of 3D angels and stars. Ethereal yet solid; matt and subtly sparkly. And I thought how  small ones would be good to put with Rosie’s flowers over Christmas. Cos if you can have pumpkin tea lights, you can have Christmas decorations.  Just got to work out how to make them now.

And now, I have a small amendment to make to an earlier post.



15 Responses to “Winter Concert”

  1. Helen & Harrie November 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Sorry I didn’t see you at the concert but it was amazing. Harrie sang her little heart out in the choir. When I saw the tribute to Ro, it made me have a little tear in my eye, but how brilliant that everyone joined in singing Ro’s song. Harrie said she could see you guys from where she was sat and she thought Callum was having a good time. On a different note, just watched Ro on iplayer again, the bit that gets to me is watching the balloons at the end going up far into the sky above with all of our thoughts and memories. So much love in the sky for one beautiful young lady.

  2. Lucy and russ November 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Wow – I’ve got goose-bumps just reading your post. What an amazing tribute to Rosie, just beautiful. Xx

    • jill Clayton November 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

      How beautiful. Words fail me.

  3. Jackie Mash November 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    The concert sounds amazing! Would loved to have been there. I helped some of the children at my primary school to make some of the stars that you would have seen at the cathedral (our primary school used coloured tissue paper, whilst my sons school used silvery paper tied to theirs). I will try and get my act together and make one for you if you would like. My middle son goes to Newent Community School (he is in C5, my elder son who left school in July was in C7 with Rosie), so I could get him to pass it on to Sylvie, or even drop it into school one evening. Wtach this space, I will let you know how I get on. x

    • theknockoneffect November 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

      That would be totally brilliant. Thank you. Jo

  4. celia butler November 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    How lovely – I got goosebumps reading your blog too. Rosie really never is far away, is she? And of course she must have some Christmas decorations, maybe Jackie could do a little tutorial for us on here and we can all make ourselves a Christmas star for Rosie too. (Well, there does seem to be a blog theme currently for setting challenges…).
    Hope that the FB administrator has got over her sore throat and is cracking the technical problems with her team (friends or elves, whoever get the job done best).
    Love to you all. x

  5. Michelle Gabriel November 23, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Read this, half time at Dave Gorman gig. Had a tear run down my cheek.
    Wonderful tribute to a wonderful person.

  6. Julia November 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Wow. Tears in Heaven sung by a whole Cathedral full of people. Completely amazing.

  7. dawn November 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Hi all,
    Such a touching tribute to Rosie. It must have been so wonderfully atmospheric to have been there. Lovely. x

  8. Deb Walker November 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Sounds wonderful!

    Love to you all,
    Deb and gang xxxxxxx

  9. Pip Armstrong November 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Great stuff x

  10. Liz Kidd November 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    Amazing! – Thinking of you all in this run-up to Christmas

  11. Lin November 25, 2011 at 12:55 am #

    Sounds wonderful, wish I could have been there!
    I have such a mental picture of Ro sitting on the choir screen, grinning…….:)))))))

  12. margaret crisp November 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    Hi Team Kilburn, I would like to have been there, too! Perhaps next year…..

  13. Debbie November 27, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Oh wow! It must have been so incredibly moving. And Gloucester Cathedral is so beautiful too. Just lovely.
    I think it is a great idea to have a few angels and stars on Rosie’s grave. Why stop there? I am already conjuring up a very Christmassy image complete with baubels and red ribbons….
    Debbie x

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