Spring Concert 2017

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On the evening of April 29th we

were delighted to entertain a very

receptive audience of approximately

160 with "Songs from the Movies". The charity

chosen for the concert was SNAP (Special Needs and

Parents) who currently serve over 2000 plus

families where children have special needs in Essex.

This included more polished performances of some of our previously performed pieces:  We opened with "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess; "The Rose" ( a firm choir favourite)  sung by Bette Midler in the film Beaches. "Singing in the Rain" from the film of the same name and as a tribute to the recently departed Debbie Reynolds. "Summer Holiday" originally also from a film of the same name and first sung in our summer concert in 2016. The fun "Your Just in Love" from the 1953 film Call Me Madam.

The greatest challenge had been to learn "Skyfall" sung by Adele in this James Bond movie. This had been Mike's suggestion and what an inspired choice it proved on the night when the choir managed to pull off a spine tingling performance. Other newbies included "Moonriver" from Breakfast at Tiffany's, "Wind Beneath My Wings" another iconic song from Beaches and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" written by Elton John and from the popular Lion King.

The evening concluded with the theme tune for the night "Some Enchanted Evening" also from South Pacific.

There were three solos on the night beginning with the inimitable Ken singing  acapella "Cockeyed Optimist", from South Pacific. Keith then enthralled the audience by reprieving "Reviewing the Situation" from Oliver - a truly captivating performance. Vince entertained the audience with the  final solo of the night, "Mr Cellophane Man" from our director's favourite musical, Chicago.

The Drops (formerly The Drips) and The Belles decided to do battle with their own version of "Anything You Can Do We Can Do Better", from Annie Get Your Gun. Whilst a new edition St Mary's Belles, serenaded the audience with "True Love", from High Society.

We were also thrilled to welcome back Connie and Gill who wowed everyone with their flute performance of the theme tune from Titanic.

The evening raised an amazing £700 for SNAP. The audience quote of the evening came from a lady who said , "It was lovely to be at an event that I could enjoy as well as appreciate!"


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