Our Christmas concert - Winter Wonderland at Christ Church in Perry Street was certainly different:
Unfortunately the night before our MD, Debs became ill and consequently was unable to lead us.
Thankfully Mike agreed to wear both hats and using Debs thorough notes Chris and Vince took over presentation duties and became an unexpected and comic double act. Debs and Mike's excellent teaching was reflected in the choir's performance and joy as they sang a repertoire really appreciated by a packed generous audience.
The evening began with the beautiful
"Silent Night", followed by the tricky "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."
Next it was the first solo of the evening; "The Christmas Song" by Ken, which created the first comic slip up when Vince forgot him and introduced the next choir piece "In the Bleak Mid Winter" instead. After a pantomime apologetic cuddle Ken wowed the audience with "The Christmas Song".
The delayed "In the Bleak Mid Winter" was sung with warmth and feeling. This was followed by a beautifully controlled performance of "Good Enough for Him" from Barbara. The next two pieces "Infant Holy" and "O Holy Night" choir favourites were performed with reverent joy.
The audience who had been encouraged by Chris and Vince to join in were officially given the chance with "O Come All Ye Faithful.
We were then drawn expertly in to the world of Dylan Thomas "A Child's Christmas In Wales" by the lilting voice of Andy.
Then it was the first group performance of the evening by The Icicles (formerly known as the Drops) who were humorously introduced by Chris who then led them on guitar in their rendition of "Mary's Boy Child". This led neatly into the choir's singing of the popular modern carol, "Mary Did You Know?" , before Pete serenaded the audience with "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from the Lion King.
Next it was a premier of "Shining Star" written by our extremely talented accompanist Mike. The performance was warmly appreciated and the first time the choir had sung it all the way through!
Chris introduce his partner in crime , Vince as he blew the whistle on Santa Claus by letting everyone know he was coming to town. This was followed by the newly formed Snowbelles who sang "White Christmas" beautifully.
The concert finished with two more of the choir's favourites - "A Winter's Tale" and "Winter Wonderland".