Our first Christmas Family Concert, held at St Michael’s Church on 1st December, was well received by all. The informality of the performance, along with choosing to hold it during the afternoon, proved popular. The audience, of more than 250, raised in excess of £1500 for Rowcroft Hospice, and a further £150 for St Michael’s Window Restoration Fund. What a fantastic achievement!
The choir had learnt a number of new pieces for this performance, and sang those with enthusiasm. These were interspersed with favourites from previous years. In addition, for the first time, songs particularly chosen for audience participation, encouraged children to play percussion instruments.
The afternoon began with a rousing ‘Celebration Canon’ by Mozart. The audience appreciated new additions of popular songs, including ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘A Million Dreams’. Both of these were chosen to appeal to all ages, and they certainly did.
The repertoire allowed smaller groups to sing during the concert. The Sopranos sections performed John Rutter’s beautiful ‘Angels Carol’ with grace and feeling. A further emotive piece, ‘The Coventry Carol’ was sung by small group of Alto and soprano members, in part a cappella. Colin, from our Tenor section, by way of contrast, performed a light hearted and enjoyable ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’.
‘Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth’ and ‘Gaelic Blessing’ were two further pieces learnt for this performance. Both of these have wonderful harmonies. They contrasted the upbeat Gospel song, ‘Halle, Halle, Halle’, the opening song of the second set, accompanied by choir member, Helen setting the beat on the drum.
Audience comments ere very favourable: “Wow! Maybe the start of a new tradition of having a regular family concert at Christmas…”; ” You’ve come alive-we found it an exciting and wonderful event.”; “We were due to leave at the interval to go to a party, but were enjoying it so much that we stayed for the end.”; “Best concert to date!”; “We really enjoyed the rather less formal and more relaxed atmosphere.”
A huge thank you to Lydia, our leader for this term and concert, to our accompanists, Roger and Helen, and everyone involved in helping in anyway. Great teamwork by all of us!