On Saturday 2nd November, the Diocese of Norwich is running One Big Day - Growing Everyday Faith, a one-day conference and training event exploring what it means to develop a culture of discipleship across generations, abilities, geographical boundaries and in the wider community. Keynote speakers include Laura Hancock, Director of Church Resources at Youth for Christ; and Revd Canon Dr Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events for the Church of England.

One Big Day takes place at Northgate High School in Dereham (NR19 2EU) between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.

We're planning to take a minibus and would encourage everyone who is involved with or interested in finding out more about, children, youth and families work to attend. You can get more information or sign up through Cromer ChurchSuite here or contact Simon for more information. Direct booking at a cost of £7.50 is also possible through the Diocese's Eventbrite page here.

 

The 2019 recital season concludes next Tuesday, 24th September, with an organ and piano recital by David Shippey, Cromer Church's Director of Music, at 8.00 p.m. in the Parish Church.

David lived in Sunderland in the North East of England until relocating to Norfolk in 1998. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London under George Rogers, Dr Douglas Hopkins and Dr Malcolm Hill, later
going on to London University. After teaching for a year in Wisbech, he returned to Sunderland and taught in the music department of Monkwearmouth School, later becoming Head of Music at St Aidan’s School, where he remained for 15 years.

As well as teaching music at school, he was also Organist and Choirmaster of Bishopwearmouth Parish Church and afterwards at St George’s United Reform Church. He also taught piano and organ privately. From 1985-1993, David was Musical Director of the Bishopwearmouth Choral Society, conducting choral music from Bach and Vivaldi through to 20th Century works.

Since moving to Norfolk, David has taught at Cromer High School, Wymondham College and Blyth Jex School. In July 2013 he retired from teaching at Hellesdon High School in Norwich and is currently Director of Music at Cromer Church. He continues to teach piano and organ privately. With his wife, Carol (Soprano), David regularly gives recitals in this country and abroad.

Admission to all the recitals is free (though there's an opportunity to make a donation at the end) and everyone is welcome. This is the last recital of the 2019 season. We hope you will join us again next year. Information about the 2020 programme will be available early next year.

 

Our Harvest Thanksgiving takes place on Sunday 22nd September, as we celebrate God's rich provision in our lives, and seek to support and bless those in need in our community.  This year, we're collecting and donating items for the Cromer and District Foodbank. Full details about the most-needed items - and a lot of other information about the Foodbank - can be found on their website.  Please get the date in your diary now, and make a point of joining us for our services on that day.

Our next Men’s Breakfast is on Saturday 21st September, 8-10 a.m. at St Martin’s. Please come along to enjoy a hearty breakfast, the companionship of other men and good conversation about life, faith, the universe... anything! Contact Simon Fenn for further information.

The 2019 organ recital season continues on Tuesday 17th September at 8.00 p.m. in the Parish Church with recitalist John Dillistone.

John Dillistone successfully combines distinguished careers in Fine Art and Music. Born in Brighton in 1939, he studied and qualified in art at Brighton and Leeds Colleges of Art. Teacher, painter and lecturer, he retired in 1999 as Director of Art at The Leys School, Cambridge. His musical talents developed under the tuition of Victor Bradley, Paul Bennett and Philip Dore, and he obtained his ARCO in 1977.

Currently organist at St Mary’s Church, Huntingdon, he was Organist at Godmanchester Parish Church from 1976-1986, where he oversaw the restoration of the organ. He has since gained wide recognition as an international recitalist, and has recently given concerts on the Renaissance organs of Leuca and Salva, as part of the 9th Festival Itinerante in Italy; as soloist in the Tyneside Maritime Festival at Newcastle Cathedral; at Southwark and Rochester Cathedrals; at Ely Cathedral (Organ Centenary Recital, 2008) and at Bourges, Carcassonne, Béziers, Troyes, Dol-de-Bretagne, Montpellier, Toul, Langres, Annecy, Vernon (400th anniversary International Organ Festival, 2014) and Bordeaux Cathedrals in France. He has also performed at Ghent Cathedral in Belgium, and recently completed a recital tour of Germany, which included Ottobeuren Abbey, Ulm, Griefswald and Bamburg Cathedrals, the Kaiser Willhelm Memorial Church, Berlin and both principal churches of Saarbrücken: Basilika St Johann (R.C.) and Lüdwigskirche (Lutheran). His U.S.A. venues include Washington National Cathedral, St Patrick’s R.C. Cathedral and St Thomas’ Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City.

In 1998, his San Francisco tour ‘Bay Area Recitals’ was released on CD, available from the performer after today’s recital, price £10. Grazia Salvatore, the Italian organist and composer, recently wrote ‘Triptych’, a composition based on three of John Dillistone’s drawings.

His commissions in Fine Art include public murals and the calligraphic charters commemorating the twinning of Cambridgeshire with Kriesviersen; and, in 2001, he illustrated ‘The Knight and the Candle Flame’, a children’s book written by Jan Arriens. More of his paintings were recently exhibited, with prints by his sons Clive and Tim, at The Michaelhouse Centre.

Admission to all the recitals is free (though there's an opportunity to make a donation at the end) and everyone is welcome. Our recital season continues weekly until the end of September. You can find details here. Information leaflets are also available at the Parish Church and St Martin's or you can pdf download one here. (177 KB)