Teignmouth Sings was invited to round off a Christmas lunch at The Strand Centre, Dawlish, with a short performance of some of our seasonal pieces. This provided the opportunity to showcase, for the first time, a beautiful arrangement of ‘Pachelbel’s Canon and The First Noel’, along with other new items and the more familiar Christmas tunes.
Although there were fewer singers present than is usual, our repertoire was appreciated by the small audience, who happily sang along to well-known Carols, and listened intently to our new pieces.
Our main Christmas performance, on Friday 11th December, was for the benefit of Shane Hooper’s family at this poignant time. Very kindly, a donation was made by our Dawlish audience, in advance.
The first set of our Christmas performance included a number of popular pieces which we have sung through the year, from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Beatles medleys, to a cappella pieces, such as ‘Something Inside so Strong’. ‘Windmills of your Mind’ had its first outing, which we sang better than we had ever done in rehearsals. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was another of the audience’s favourites.
Our Christmas pieces were sung in the second set, and these were very much enjoyed by the audience. As well as pieces we had sung in previous Christmas sets, we were able to include ‘Walking in the Air’, and the afore-mentioned ‘Pachelbel’s Canon and The First Noel’ arrangement became our finale.
Another first, a small group of six, from our Soprano and Alto sections, sang beautifully ‘The Coventry Carol’. Two well known Chrstmas songs, ‘Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and ‘The Christmas Song’ (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire) were sung proficiently by members from the Bass and Tenor sections, respectively.
It was pleasing to see the audience participating in ‘Hey Jude’, and singing along during the performance. They also joined us to sing two Carols: ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ and ‘O Come all Ye Faithful’.
All in all, this was a great performance, which put everyone in the Christmas spirit. Funds raised from the evening, including generous donations from the Dawlish and Teignmouth United Reformed Churches, amounted to £603.57. Thank you to all who donated in any way; your generosity is much appreciated, particularly by Shane’s family. A variety of vouchers have been purchased for the three children, to the value of £200 each.
Our final Christmas performance was at the ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service at Teignmouth URC. We sang four Christmas pieces, along with hamonies and descants in the congregational carols.
Merry Christmas to all!