Following a conversation with Canon Dr. Steve West earlier this year, Mr. Felix Roach, a celebrated pianist, offered his talent freely by way of a recital concert performance, in the Parish of St. Barnabas. This signaled his personal support in the fund-raising drive re the construction of a Rectory in the Parish.
A popular comment attributed to Berthold Auerbach, an acclaimed German novelist, suggested – music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life – That quote aptly describes the effect of Felix ‘Sugar Fingers’ Roach’s music upon those who attended his recital on Sunday 1st. October 2017 at The Church of St. Barnabas on the Hill, Pleasantville.

The concert began with an opening prayer by Canon West, who subsequently introduced Mr. Roach and informed those present that Mr. Roach had agreed with the Vestry’s suggestion that financial proceeds from this concert, would be directed to aid our brothers and sisters who were affected by resultant damages of the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean.
The evening was a spirit-filled experience as Mr. Roach dug deep into his repertoire to pull out choice music from: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, Beethoven’s ‘Fur Elise’ and Ballard’s like ‘Oh Danny Boy’. Psalm 23closePsalm 23 The Lord Is My Shepherd A Psalm of David. 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me. You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. (ESV)
closePsalm 23closePsalm 23 The Lord Is My Shepherd A Psalm of David. 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me. You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. (ESV)
The Lord Is My Shepherd A Psalm of David. 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me. You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. (ESV)
and several favorite hymns and songs suggested by the audience, were also included in his wonderful presentation. The audience was indeed enthralled and sufficiently moved to sing along with rekindled favorite tunes.
The evening was immensely enjoyed by all who attended and I dare say by the celebrated performer himself.
As the proceedings ended, Canon West thanked Mr. Roach for taking the time to do this recital and Mr. Roach humbly expressed his gratitude to the appreciative audience. He appeared really excited by the prospect of having a big recital in the future.
In closing the Priest’s Warden also thanked Mr. Roach with a small token.

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