Quire goes to Hull!

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Quire goes to Hull!

On the weekend of the 20th to 22nd October 2017, Quire was in Hull, the UK City of Culture 2017. After travelling up the night before, Bill and a small group spent Saturday morning at Willerby Methodist Church leading a workshop on the theme “Freedom is Coming”.

The rest of Quire went to Princes Quay Shopping Centre in the city centre. Here they sang at the opening of “Battered and Berthed”, an exhibition showing part of the Methodist Modern Art Collection, organised by the Believe in Hull partnership as part of its contribution toward Hull’s City of Culture celebrations. The collection was housed in a pop-up shop in the shopping centre and Co-ordinator Liane Kensett and the Right Reverend Alison White, Bishop of Hull opened the proceedings. It was then Quire’s privilege to perform for this event. The area is a free place of peace and reflection. Placed by each picture is a glass jar for people to put in a coloured button that would reflect feelings that were evoked by the paintings. This is a wonderful concept and we were very honoured to be asked to attend. Following some group singing in the exhibition, Quire moved out in to the shopping centre itself to perform some of its African pieces.





Saturday afternoon was very different. We assembled in St Stephens Shopping Centre, casually looking like shoppers until it was time for the flashmob! The centre was bustling with shoppers and we were a little apprehensive at disturbing these busy people. Bill started us off and Quire came from various directions to join him. It was fantastic, the acoustics were wonderful and the crowds a delight. One lady from the Congo was thrilled to hear her mother tongue, while other shoppers joined in the singing in the impromptu workshop.







On Saturday evening Quire returned to Willerby Methodist Church for the concert “Freedom is Coming”. The concert reflected songs of the sea, hardship and freedom to fit in with Hull’s rich heritage as a port and William Wilberforces work against slavery. The words of the song ‘Freedom is Coming’ took on even more significance, with wonderful images projected in the church to accompany the songs.


On Sunday morning Quire sang once again for a small but important audience at Brough Methodist Church before taking part in the morning worship. This was lead by Rev. Dr Iain Ballard with Quire singing for most of the service. This was uplifting and a wonderful end to a fantastic weekend. After this I am sure we can say we “Believe in Hull”

Huge thanks to Val, Bill and Sarah for their organisation and hard work. Special thanks to our hosts in Hull for their warm welcome and generous hospitality.

Marica Frost