The beautiful setting of St Marys Church in Melton Mowbray added an extra sparkle to our Christmas concert on Saturday 13 December, when a record number of over 60 choristers assembled to sing their hearts out.

It was a cold and frosty evening, which lent a festive feel to the occasion as more than 150 people enjoyed our programme of the traditional and unusual. The theme was Peace, and songs of peace began the first and second half.  The first half ended with an innovative exit, as the choir processed past the audience to the back of the church whilst singing "Let there be Peace".

Highlights of the evening

Stille Nacht (Silent Night) was sung by us in German for the first time in a number of years. Alison, Helen and Ann Marie's voices blended in perfect harmony in the first verse.

The choir thoroughly enjoyed singing "Oh what a beautiful morning" accompanied by the audience.

A lighthearted pantomime atmosphere was created as singers donned wedding headgear and a mysterious hooded figure lurked in the side aisle - this was for a Macedonian song, "Oro ce vie", a very lively tale of a monk who gategrashes village wedding celebrations and dances off with one of the brides. A special mention to Jules and Rosalind, who portrayed the happy couple with great enthusiasm.

Close Harmony, our smaller group of singers, premiered "California Dreaming".

Charities

Our chosen charities this Christmas are Parkinson's and MIND. The concert, raffle and the carol singing session on Sunday at Sainsbury's raised £1,600 which will be divided between them.

Many thanks as always to our irrepressible and talented leader, Liz for conducting and supporting us so well and to my Committee colleagues for organising the event.

Sarah Bowie

 

 Please click below for videos of some of the songs.

A selection of songs