"COME FLY WITH ME" CONCERT
ON SATURDAY 8TH OF JULY BILLERICAY COMMUNITY CHOIR
TOOK THEIR AUDIENCE ON FLIGHT B8717 ON A VERY HOT EVENING FROM
The first destination was "Around the World"
taking in the delights of 'County Down, London Town and Gay Paree" - not bad going for one song. The
next stop was the river Mississippi with a trip down "Moonriver" , which received high praise from some passengers on landing.
Passengers were then treated to a first - a French piano duet from Pam Cottrell and one of her mature students in "Dolly's Garden". This delightful performance was followed by another choir favourite, "We'll Gather Lilacs" returning the in flight entertainment back across the channel to an English Lane.
The plane then landed with the Venetian Gondolas to enjoy a captivating rendering of "Barcarolle from the Tales of Hoffman" sung in English by Barbara Poutney and French by our very own music director, Miss Debs Allen Morgan. Not many flights give you three countries in one!
Our next landing was in Amsterdam to enjoy the choir's rendering of "Tulips from Amsterdam".
Followed by a speedy return to English to combat loneliness with "You'll Never Walk Alone".
Certainly never on their own the men's group renamed the Traveling Minstrels, Vic, Peter, Keith and Vince
re-joined by Chris on guitar (at great expense!) managed to get a plane on a train with their rendering of "King of the Road".
Peter James then very cleverly changed the places to English destinations whilst sporting a guitar as he took us down John Denver's "Country Road".
It was then a journey back in time including audience participation introduced by Chris as the choir sang a rousing "WW1 Medley" followed by "Everything Stops for Tea" a popular but probably less well known piece from WW11.
We were delighted to welcome back Keith Goodey, a very popular soloist from our Spring Concert back to sing P.O.S.H from the show Chitty Chitty Bang. Once again he enthralled the audience.
The choir packed their bags and encouraged the passengers to be on their way with "Leaving on a Jet Plane". Following the theme of "hating to go" Barbara wowed everyone with "Far From The Home I Love" from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.
Just when the audience feared they might be landing the choir performed their most challenging piece, "Come Fly With Me". The plane landed in the sunny West Coast of America as the choir performed "California Dreaming" to end the musical night flight.
We are delighted to report that the generous donations from the 100 + passengers on the evening raised an incredible £600 to be shared between The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and Lifeboats.