Chris Walker has previously
staged two extremely successful Jazz Concerts at
St. Wilfrid’s and we very much look forward to
his return on Saturday 24th September with the
Deep South Gospel Show.
Tickets £10 from the church office or online at
and price includes
a programme, glass of Pimms or wine and nibbles.
Chris Walker and the Real Ale &
Thunder Band, produced their first ‘jazz at
Vespers’ in St Laurence Church, Downton on
18th November 1984 and, following that success
and appearances in Salisbury Cathedral, Wimborne
Minster and on one of the most popular BBC
“Songs Of Praise” programmes, ‘jazz at Vespers’
became the fore-runner of many religious
concerts by jazz bands in Churches across
The original concept, however,
was that the congregation should be encouraged
to join in and sing along - as would happen,
around the turn of the 20th Century, at American
‘Camp Meetings’ and still happens today in
Churches across the southern states of America.
With this in mind, Chris Walker and Colin Larn
have produced this Deep South Gospel Show
programme to rekindle that enthusiasm and fire,
which is so infectious that songs of praise
become moving, exciting and, at the same time,
sincere vehicles of Christian worship.
The repertoire is drawn from both European Hymns
and original Spirituals and they are performed
in keeping with the long tradition of jazz and