The choir was well represented, with sixty two members singing on this occasion. The programme was varied and showed how Teignmouth Sings has grown both in confidence and musicality. From the opening ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber’ medley through to the ‘Les Miserables’ finale, the audience was suitably entertained and impressed.
New pieces for this performance included some whole choir jazz arrangements: ‘And all that Jazz’, ‘It Don’t mean a Thing’ and ‘Moon River’, all sung with feeling and swing. The choir had learnt a new medley, from the musical ‘Oliver’, to open the second set, and this went down well with the audience.
During the first set, the Alto section performed a beautiful three-part harmony rendition of ‘The Rose’. In contrast, the Basses and Tenors ‘hijacked’ the stage and the MD, Jeff Hocking, in the second set. They sang a light hearted ‘There is Nothing like a Dame’ which included some very low solo lines!
A small group, from all sections of the choir, sang a challenging and harmonic Manhattan Transfer version of ‘A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square’. This was sung mainly a cappella, with support from Jeff Hocking and accompanist Lydia Dockray. One of our Tenors, Colin, accompanied by Jeff, entertained the audience with the well known swing number, ‘It had to be You’.
Funds from ticket and programme sales, in the region of £1500, will benefit charity groups Operation Imprezza, Children & Families in Grief and the Mars Hill Church. Representatives from these organisations are shown receiving their cheques below:
A huge ‘WELL DONE!’ to everyone involved in this uplifting performance.
Photographs of this performance can be found on our Gallery Page.