A wonderful occasion was enjoyed again, at Our Lady and St Patrick’s Church, Teignmouth, on the evening of Friday 1st July. Not only was well over £1000 raised for CAFOD, but Teignmouth Sings entertained another ‘sell-out-plus’ audience, just short of 200. A further lucky seven tickets were sold on the door.
The audience was impressed by the range of music sung, with a number of them passing on their compliments to choir members during the interval and after the performance. Some new additions to the repertoire included ‘Sway’, when the choir was accompanied by Lydia playing the bongo drum, rather than the usual piano! Other new items included ‘Windmills of your Mind’, and some of Irving Berlin’s famous show pieces, in a medley entitled ‘America’. This began with the punchy ‘There’s no Business like Show Business’ and ended with a rousing ‘God Bless America’. The Alto section, in three part harmony, beautifully performed ‘The Rose’, made famous by Bette Midler. Tenor Colin very proficiently sang ‘When Autumn Leaves start to Fall’.
The performance fell on the centenary of the start of The Battle of the Somme, and began with a respectful silence of two minutes. A fitting ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Rule Britannia’ brought the evening to a close, and as at the more famous Prom, allowed for audience participation.
A huge thank you to all those in Teignmouth Sings for a marvellous evening of song!