On Sunday, November 3rd at 4:00 p.m., the Christ Church Newton Senior Choir will present a concert in recognition of the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the Christ Church Parish in Newton.  The concert will be modeled after a British concert held each year at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts: “The Last Night of the Proms.”  The concert will feature soloists John Beasley, baritone, and Shannah Yerofeyev, soprano, and will be accompanied by organ and orchestra.  Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase on the church website, www.christchurchnewton.org or from choir members.


The Newton concert will feature sacred and patriotic works from both Britain and the United States.  Included in the program will be Handel’s Zadok the Priest; Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs; Wilhousky’s setting of the Battle Hymn of the Republic; Parry’s Jerusalem; and Arne’s Rule Britannia; as well as select hymns and patriotic songs.


Christ Church Newton was founded as a parish by the Church of England in 1769.  The parish survived the revolution and became part of the Episcopal Church in the United States, first as part of the Diocese of New Jersey and later as a member of the Diocese of Newark.  The “Hands Across the Sea” concert is just one of a series of events taking place in November 2019 in recognition of the anniversary.  The celebration kicks off with a reenactment of the historic arrival of the Reverend Dr. Thomas Chandler at the Sussex County Court House on Sunday, November 3rd, at 9:00 a.m.  Other events include an Evensong celebration on Saturday, November 23rd, at 7:30 p.m., at which The Right Reverend Dr. Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham (England) will preside, and a celebratory Gala at the Lake Mohawk Country Club on Sunday, November 24th at 3:00 p.m.


For more information about the “Hands Across the Sea” concert, or any of the other anniversary events taking place at Christ Church Newton, visit www.christchurchnewton.org or call 973-383-2245.