Sunday, November 27, 2016 was a very special day in the life of Ebenezer Methodist Church. Three very special people were honoured for giving the majority of their lives to the Music Ministry of Ebenezer. Mrs. Kathleen Albury was appointed as an organist 52 years ago and she still serves in this position today. Over the many years, Kathleen has also served as accompanist for Sunday School, in particular the Primary Department. She has also accompanied the Women’s Fellowship for their special occasions as well as small groups and soloists. Kathleen plays for most Sunday evening worship services.
Mr. Hubert Albury has served in the Music Ministry of Ebenezer for 51 years. At the age of 10, he began playing for Sunday School. The church’s records reveal that he was appointed as an organist in 1971. Over the years, Hubert has served as accompanist for many groups including the Sanctuary Choir, Youth Choirs, including the first Youth Choir which became the well-known Epworth Singers, and many ensembles, small groups, soloists and instrumentalists both from Ebenezer and the wider community. Hubert has served as the director of the Epworth Singers, Youth and Young Adult Choirs, Handbell Choir and band. He is a multi-talented musician playing the organ, piano, flute, oboe, saxophone, keyboard, guitar, handbells as well as a gifted tenor singer.
Mr. Barry Newbold, also known as the ‘Maestro’, has served in the Music Ministry of Ebenezer for 50 years, most of which he served as Music Director. Barry moved to Nassau from his hometown of Spanish Wells in the mid 60’s and made Ebenezer his church home. Coming from a very musical family, it was no surprise that he would be involved in the Music Department of Ebenezer. Barry joined the Sanctuary Choir in the tenor section. The church’s records reveal that in 1969 Barry became Assistant Choir Director to the late Mr. Ivan Hall and in 1975 took over as Director. He has served in this position until the present. In the late 1960’s when Youth Sundays first began, the Epworth Singers were formed with Barry as the Director. In addition to the Sanctuary Choir and Epworth Singers, Barry has led many other musical groups including Ebenezer Men’s Chorale, Youth Choirs, Children’s Choirs, Mother’s and Father’s Day Choirs, ensembles and small groups. He was instrumental in starting the Ebenezer band through the music training program and he also plays the saxophone during morning worship. Barry has sung with a number of choirs internationally.