“By Our Love”: Churchill Singers’ Inspirational Choral Concert

Carrie Antoine, ’17, leads the Churchill Singers in the song “If I Can Help Somebody.” PHOTO BY ANNA WEST.

Carrie Antoine, ’17, leads the Churchill Singers in the song “If I Can Help Somebody.” PHOTO BY ANNA WEST.

Westminster College’s own Churchill Singers serenaded the campus Thursday night with a short compilation of compassion themed songs. At the Church of Saint Mary of Aldermanbury, the singers, led by Dr. Natasia Sexton, performed their spring choral concert, “By Our Love,” free of charge to the Westminster and Fulton community.

The concert was comprised of eight songs carefully chosen to provide a mix of soul and classic soft rock, with an overall suggestion to practice compassion. Dr. Sexton commented, “We hope it inspires friendship, tenderness, compassion and love.”

The music chosen for the concert came from the classic rock artists Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Freddie Mercury, and Elton John. In an email to the Westminster campus, Dr. Sexton said she chose this compilation to “reflect universal principles that bind us together regardless of race, gender, or creed.”

Before the final song of the night, the senior Churchill Singers were recognized for their time and efforts spent given to the choir. The seniors included Dereck Alleyne, from Barbados, and Stephan Zenishek, from Jefferson City, Mo.

Various singers introduced each song to the audience, describing the intended atmosphere and message. “Blackbird,” originally sung by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, was introduced as a tribute to past and current civil rights issues. This song’s message referenced the current matters of equality rights.

Three of the songs began with soloists, who then led the choir in the chorus of each song. The soloists included Carrie Antoine, ’17, Caroline McEwen, ’18, and Kody Renner, ’16.

The choir formation for the opening song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” surrounded the pews in alternating boy-girl fashion. For the song “Bridge over Troubled Waters” the male singers took a seat as the females, led by McEwen, sang the gospel rendition.

Dr. Sexton ended the concert with a brief preview for the music recital at St. Mary’s Church on Tuesday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. The recital will consist of a saxophonist, percussionist, and guitarist, who are instructors from the University of Missouri, Columbia. The guitar instructor is also the guitar teacher for Westminster.

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