On Saturday 2 May, Close Harmony, our small ensemble group of 12 singers performed their first concert for over a year. The effort put in by Liz and the group, after the main choir session every fortnight certainly paid off - we received a great response and Liz was very proud of us.

We shared the concert with Rutland Choral Society and we took the first half. Songs included some exclusive to Close Harmony, such as Love Call me Home, An thou were my Ain Thing, O Postaris and California Dreamin' with some main choir numbers; Happy Together, Make you feel my love and Dubula.

We were so pleased that friends from Global Harmony came along to support us and their words of praise and encouragement meant a lot to us.

 Many thanks as always to Liz who never doubted us and worked so hard to bring it all together and to Debbie and the team from Langham Church for looking after us and providing delicious refreshments. Thanks also to Rutland Choral Society who entertained us so well in the second half - the whole concert demonstrated the joy of singing.

I 'll conclude with some quotes from my Close Harmony colleague's messages to Liz.

"I felt there was real togetherness within the group.... during our concert session" Frances

"There were moments singing when I was very aware of the group's sound. I felt more confident before the concert and afterwards felt a real buzz of having done our best" Jules

"Thanks for such a lovely evening.... you pulled us all together and made it a really special event." Alison

" I was really nervous but certainly enjoyed the concert and the evening" Gill, on her first concert.

And finally, Helen .... " It was brilliant! Absolutely loved it! Thanks Liz and big thanks to the rest of the group to for making it such an amazing experience! Here's to the next one!" ................ I couldn't have put it better myself!

Sarah Bowie