Our first Christmas Charity Concert since December 2019 was a wonderfully festive occasion.
A varied programme of Christmas songs was enjoyed by the audience, beginning with ‘Jingle Bell Rock’. In this arrangement, all sections of the choir sang parts of the melody in turn, showcasing the range and abilities of the differing voices. Similarly, each of the sections sang their own piece, in two ot three part harmonies. The altos sang ‘Somewhere in my Memory’, from the film ‘Home Alone’, and the beautiful ‘Angels’ Carol’ by John Rutter was sung by the sopranos. Later in the concert, the tenors and basses performed a seasonal version of the shanty ‘A Drop of Nelson’s Blood’, which was received very well by all.
The choir showed their versatility by performing upbeat modern and the more traditional songs and carols, along with choral pieces and rounds, some of which were sung ‘a capella’.
There has been a great deal of positive feedback from a number of those watching. We have been told that this was “the best concert yet” and “the choir has gone from strength to strength”. The enthusiasm of the choir was noted by a member of the audience, who also loved the choice of music and said that this was “an afternoon to lift the spitrits”.
The choir chose to donate the monies raised from this performance to Devon Air Ambulance. The audience was given an insight into this charity by their representative, Petula, who attended the concert. A fantastic total of £1007.97 after expenses was raised, which will be used to replace equipment in the crews’ bags.
Thank you to everyone involved for all their hard work, including MD, Lydia, and accompanist, Roger. This certainly was a wonderful occasion!