Saturday July 17th saw our hottest ever performance - and that was just the weather! The summer of 2018 beat 1976 for heat and this night was a scorcher!
The choir entered Billericay Baptist Church to probably their largest ever audience all waiting with the little breathe they had left to enjoy "Songs from the Shows".
The evening began with a rousing version of "There's No Business Like Show Business" from the 1946 hit "Annie Get Your Gun". "Sunrise Sunset" from "Fiddler on the Roof" a choir regular was next .
It was then the turn of one of the popular ladies groups to grab the castanets and amuse the audience with "Herando's Hideway" from "The Pajama Game" - what great fun!
The choir turned to Guys and Dolls for their inspiration singing "I've Never Been in Love Before"!
Before Peter passionately asked "What Kind of Fool Am I" from "Stop the World I Want to Get Off". The men warmly began the Gershwin favourite "Someone to Watch Over Me" from "Oh Kay". Before the sopranos took the lead with the haunting "Summertime" from "Porky and Bess".
The Toffs (the ever name changing men's group) then entered centre stage to musically discuss why "The Lady is a Tramp" from the 1937 show "Babes in Arms".
The choir sung a threesome of their regulars: "Some Enchanted Evening", "You're Just in Love" (without words for the second time) and "Singing in the Rain" from in order: "South Pacific" (another Rodgers and Hammerstein show), "Call Me Madam" and of course "Singing in the Rain"
Next we were treated to the more mature version of "My Favourite Things" from "The Sound of Music" - by the second ladies group causing hysterics all round! The audience were then invitated to join in Mary Poppins "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and despite the heat they did so with gusto.
Chris and Vince presented the Appeal for Young Minds the charity to be supported by donations on this occasions. This was followed by the aptly named "I Have a Dream" from Mama Mia - a song the choir have long wanted to perform.
It was then time for a highlight of recent concerts - a very active and animated performance of "Pick a Pocket or Two" from "Oliver" by Keith - the audience were spellbound. Barbara then further thrilled all by singing "Before the Parade Passes By" from "Hello Dolly" with her beautiful silky voice.
It was then the choir's turn to enthrall with "Bring Him Home" - from my favourite musical "Les Miserables". Performing this has been a long term desire of many of us.
The evening was finished with the premier of a joint composition by Debs and Mike of a medley from "42nd Street". The choir began with "A Quarter to Nine" before reminiscing that "You're Getting to be a Habit with Me" and then "Lullaby of Broadway" before finishing on "42nd Street" itself.
Thanks to the audience's very generous resulting in our largest ever donation total of £860 for the mental health charity "Young Minds."