Many thanks to reporter John Roper for sharing these stories and images that were published in the Coast Reporter.
Saturday, October 5 Valerie-Anne Rutter performed in Gibsons. The audience enjoyed music on piano and recorders in the sanctuary of St. Bartholomew’s by the Sunshine Coast based international performing and recording artist on her theme of Giving Thanks. Rutter’s selections included classics by Bach, Beethoven and Handel, well-known pieces by Cohen, Lennon and McCartney, British folk tunes, and an African-American spiritual.
On Saturday, October 19, St. Bart's was again the venue for a concert featuring, The J-Tones Trio: Joan Verson, Jan Gillis and Joy Germaine. These three vocalists were backed by guitars, Sacha Fassaert, drummer, Barry Taylor and on keyboards. The concert was produced by Nikki Weber.
Since the construction of the new sanctuary in 1995, the fine acoustics, coupled with its recently restored lighting and sound, continue to make this Gibsons venue a favourite of musical performers and their audiences.The upgrades were done by retired electrical engineer John Roper, who designed the original systems 24 years ago.
- Valerie-Anne Rutter
- The J-Tones
Photos: John Roper