St. Martin’s-In-The-Field Benefit
A musical benefit, “Make a Joyful Noise for Haiti,” will take place at St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal Church, on Saturday, January 30, at 4:00 p.m. The concert will feature nationally known and locally based Celtic musicians Sue Richards (Celtic harp) and Carolyn Surrick (an American master of the viola da gamba), two of the five-woman Celtic music group, Ensemble Galilei, and Ginger Hildebrand, from Severna Park, known for colonial-era music. St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Parish Choir, Recorder Consort, and the Middle School Choir, as well as other singers and musicians, will perform in the church sanctuary at 375 Benfield Rd., Severna Park, MD.
Among the church and school musicians contributing to the music are: Dr. Jim Walton, director of music for the church, trumpeter Mel Kessler, director of the award-winning school band, flutist Sharon Winton, soprano Tracy Alexander, singer Jenny Judd, and guitarist and singer Andy Smith.
St. Martin’s-in-the-Field has long ties with Haiti, going back 27 years with its sister school, La Resurrection, in Gros Morne, 80 miles north of Port-au-Prince. In the last two years, the church has hosted the Haitian children’s choir, Les Petits Chanteurs, affiliated with the Episcopal Trinity Cathedral of the Diocese of Haiti in Port-au-Prince, which was destroyed in the earthquake. A group from our school and church was scheduled to go to Haiti, but the quake struck just hours before their intended departure.
This is an opportunity for the families to bring their children and friends to an afternoon of wonderful music and support relief efforts following Haiti’s earthquake, the worst natural disaster to hit a single country in modern history. All donations will go to Episcopal Relief and Development for Haiti.
“St. Martin’s-in-the-Field has to do everything we can to help,” says the rector, the Rev. Doris Johnson. “The disaster has really hit home here. We are heartbroken. These are people we know, and we will continue to do whatever we can to help.”
“Our schoolchildren are deeply affected by the suffering of children their age in Haiti,” says Head of School Sharon Holsclaw. “We heard the Haitian children’s choir sing to us. Now our children want to sing for them. They want to do something to help. This is what compassion and humanity—what we talk about in weekly chapel—are all about.”