The snow held off long enough for this concert to take place, and although the school hall was unprepossessing (which school hall isn’t?) the welcome was excellent.
A small group of audience members arrived about 45 minutes early leaving us to wonder whether they’d got it all wrong, but then they joined in with our last minute practices, and this friendliness carried on throughout the evening.
A smaller than usual turnout from the choir who were just about outnumbered by the audience, but for the first time we can remember EVERYONE in the audience sang along, and we all had a good time in the delightfully chaotic ‘Gospel Medley’ with is a round of a number of well known gospel songs.
The concert ended with our guest alto and former member Penny singing the delightful ‘Irish Blessing’ which the festival organiser paid tribute to in her vote of thanks afterwards.
Just a reminder that we’re back tonight and it’s an open session so do wear your badge if you have one, and do bring along anyone who wants to have a go. We have various events coming up soon, so we will be looking at our general repertoire. Bring your folder too if you have one! 8-10 pm Central Hall. Look forward to seeing you there!
Happy 20th Birthday! That was an enjoyable evening – thanks to everyone for bringing in such a great spread of food (and especially to Lisa for the delicious cake!), and to Adam for all the techy stuff. Roll on the next birthday party!
We are a Community Choir, and whilst this has a particular meaning in the choir world, in that anyone can join, we also feel that our task is to take music out into the community, and not wait for people to come to us.
Last year we held a Christmas sing song at the Lapstone pub in Fair Oak, and it went down well with the regulars. We’d hoped to go back for a non-seasonal event later in the year, hopefully to the same response, but sadly there was uncertainty about the Lapstone’s future so this plan was put on hold.
So this year we sing carols and eat pizza at the King Rufus in Eling on Friday22nd December at 7pm. This pub is run as a sort of co-op and has regular musical events. Pizza is optional (?) and cooked on their outside wood oven.We have arranged to go and run a festive sing-along just before the final weekend before Christmas, and if they like us, we hope to return next year.
For many years now the Christmas season for the choir has been busy with events, as indeed it is for most choirs, but for us the traditional final gig before the turkey gets defrosted is the Mayor’s Carol Service, originally intended for Civic Centre staff and held in the main entrance hall of the Civic Centre, but anyone can come.
It’s an impressive venue, with wide stairs and brilliantly painted plasterwork, and is a nice place to sing just at the peak of the festive season (punch and mince pies afterwards of course).
This year however, in an attempt to be more available to the community at large the event will take place outside in the Guildhall Square, so it’s wrap up warm time, get those lanterns out and Sing!
This is always a lovely occasion, the proximity to Christmas and the sense that the excessive run up is nearing its end makes for a short but sweet event, ending as we eat the traditional mince pies and drink the mulled wine in the Mayoral parlour, trying to relax on the posh sofas in the knowledge that the old vocal chords will be getting a rest, at least for a few weeks.