16 May 2014

What a wonderful welcome we had at New Basford Concert!

Concert at the New Vision Church of God,
Mount Street, New Basford, Nottingham
Saturday 10 May

Another first for Global Harmony as a coach-load of choir members and Global Harmony groupies/supporters travelled from Melton to New Basford in Nottingham to be part of a fundraising concert at the New Vision Church of God last Saturday evening.

Arranged through Global Harmony member Gill Garratt who has connections with the church, we were there to help them raise money for a much-needed new boiler.

Our co-performers were all regular members of the church congregation and included a brilliant gospel rapper, a fantastic gospel singer and a very talented young dance troupe.

What a fantastic time we had! The audience wasn’t the largest but it was multi- generational and almost certainly the MOST enthusiastic and participative we have ever had! It was a joy to sing for them, the acoustics were great and as ever, our repertoire of songs ranged far and wide from around the world, including ‘Hotaru Koi’ from Japan, ‘Fa'afetai’ from Samoa and Irving Berlin’s American ‘Simple Melody’, to name but a few.

However it was the South African songs such as ‘Rolihlahla Mandela’ and ‘Shona Malanga’ and the gospel songs ‘Keep a Movin’, ‘Angels’ and ‘Lover of the Lord’ that really went down a storm. The audience were singing and dancing in the aisles and gave us a standing ovation before we had even finished singing, but our new Jamaican song ‘Plant de Letta’ proved even more popular and was requested immediately as an encore!

At the end of a brilliant evening, the church had raised a very respectable £500 toward its new boiler and everyone – audience and performers alike - had had a wonderful time. We were also fed extremely well and some of us even queued up for second helpings of the house speciality, fried chicken and dumplings!

Our thanks go to the members of the church for their warm welcome, generous hospitality and eager participation and we wish them all the best with their future fundraising.

Thanks also to Liz as ever for leading us so expertly and last but not least, thanks should also go to our coach driver, who very patiently waited while we did our encores. We were all so tired after our evening of singing, clapping, dancing and laughing that we didn’t even sing on the coach home!

Alison Tully (alto)