St. Augustine’s sings CAFOD musical, Just One World
20 June 2014
A choir of 250 ex-pupils from St. Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, have sung together for the first time in two decades to raise money for CAFOD.
Just One World, a musical written by former St. Augustine’s teachers Peter Rose and Anne Conlon, was sung by the choir on at King George’s Hall, Blackburn. Proceeds from the concert, which celebrated St. Augustine’s 50th anniversary, are being donated to Connect2Ethiopia.
Peter and Anne have composed previous musicals for CAFOD, including Song of Creation and Arabica, which have been performed across the UK and the world, including in the USA, South Africa, and Hong Kong. Both rock legend Sting and TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough have narrated St. Augustine’s musicals.
Matt Haworth, an ex-pupil of Peter’s and current music teacher at St. Augustine’s, said:
“Just One World started as a little seed which has germinated since February when we took our Swing Band to visit Peter.
“We threw around the idea that it would be really great to raise a large amount of money for CAFOD, teaching the children that they can use their skills to bring about real change in the world.”
Just One World was performed in aid of CAFOD’s Connect2Ethiopia project, an initiative which aims to bring schools such as St. Augustine’s together with poor communities in the African nation, with the intention of both sides learning about each others’ lives.
“St. Augustine’s has always had a very strong relationship with CAFOD. We raise a vast amount of money every year for CAFOD as a school. Connect2 is a way of forging a real link with people in developing countries, showing the children in a tangible way the difference they can make.”
Ged Edwards, CAFOD Manager in the Diocese of Salford, said:
“It was an honour to be present at the superb performance of Just One World. We would like to express our huge thanks to Peter, Anne, and all the St. Augustine’s community for such extraordinary generosity.”