This was only our second concert under the musical direction of Deborah and accompaniment of Mike.
It was our second summer concert at Emmanuel though.
The highly praised concert drew our biggest audience so far and involved the largest choir of sixty eight members. The concert also introduced new choir members performing items; Jill and Connie played their flutes to give an excellent rendering of Vivaldi's Autumn and Winter, our female soprano Barbara giving impassioned performances of "Can't Help Loving Dat Man" and "Sunrise Sunset". Also a new male soloist to join Ken and Vince in Peter who sang the love song "Forever Autumn" especially for his wife, Ann. A new men's group, The Drips (Bob, Vic, Keith, Peter & Vince) enjoyed entertaining the audience with "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head".
The choir were thrilled to be joined by fourteen year old Nicole who wowed the assembled throng with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "On My Own".
The performance kicked off with Mike's echo version of "Autumn Leaves". It was a real bonus having Jill and Connie join us on the flute for "California Dreaming". We continued in Winter with one of our recent favourites "The Rose" followed by this year's most apt song, "Singing in the Rain". By the time summer made its first show in the form of "The Sun Has Got His Hat On" many of the audience were joining in. "You'll Never Walk Alone" clearly reflected the warmth of the audience. This was followed by "Tulips in Amsterdam" then an old Welsh favourite "We'll Gather Lilacs". The evening ended with unique version of Gershwin's "Summertime" and finally we all took off on a "Summer Holiday".
Refreshments were a great opportunity for the choir to mix with the audience. The choir were delighted to raise £550 for the St Mary's Building Fund.