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!
Joint Concert with Woven Chords
Oakham School Chapel
Saturday 21 March 2015
This was a very special evening for Liz, who has been Musical Director of both choirs for some years.Tonight she was bowing out as leader of Woven Chords so it was a bitter sweet occasion for her and our sister choir from Stamford.
This by no means affected the enthusiasm and joy demonstrated by both groups of singers.
Global Harmony opened the concert with a gentle and poignant set, including Kiss the children from Scotland,
Sua gan from Wales, Here is my home from America and Gospodi from Russia.
Woven Chords maintained the contemplative mood with a set including E malama from Hawaii, Asikhatali from South Africa
Rongo mau from New Zealand and One day like this - from Britain
In the second half both choirs pulled out all the stops with a rousing programme which showcased the power of the 100 odd voices on stage. Two new songs, Aka si rekisho from Georgia and Gomo guru re Zimbabwe, along with stirring old favourites such as Fa'fetai, Shosaloza and Eramu in Campu raised the roof, while singers and audience enjoyed the pantomime and dressing up involved in Oro ce vie, another new song, from Macedonia
Both choirs were pleased to be supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care and were grateful for their provision of refreshments in the interval.
Woven Chords presented Liz with this unique award - the Order of the Knitted Garter!
Many thanks as always to Liz, all the singers and the Committees who organised the event.
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