Freezing Spring weather did not deter a capacity audience at Syston Methodist Church on Saturday 17th March.
Bad weather had been a theme during the spring term of rehearsals, with a couple of sessions cancelled due to snow. This did not affect the standard of performance offered to a very receptive and enthusiastic audience.
The programme featured many choir favourites, or “oldies”, as they are colloquially known, chosen from the singers’ top 20, including the Kink’s Days, and a number of rousing South African numbers such as Iqude, Magano and Vuma as well as the choir’s signature version of Nkosi Sikelele Africa. Premiered on the evening were an aboriginal song from Australia, Ungala, with added body percussion and Nkosi Dali Wethu from South Africa.
There was a very touching moment at the end of the concert, when the choir’s customary floral offering to Liz was presented by Mary Ward, a “retired”, long standing, and much loved member of Global Harmony who had been in the audience.
"Thank you again for an absolutely splendid evening of entertainment.
Your choir obviously has quite a following, which boosted audience
numbers considerably, and so many people bought raffle tickets too!
The final total was far better than I hoped for - a magnificent
I think it will take us all a few days to recover from the excitement
of the occasion."
DEBBIE, from Syston Methodist Church
All in all, well worth the long journey home in arctic conditions that faced many members of the choir and audience.
Our Christmas Concert on 2nd December this year was hosted by St Mary Magdalen Church, Waltham on the Wolds.
A capacity audience gave a warm response to the seasonal programme of carols and other songs from around the world. New pieces included Nu Tandas Tusen; a sweet carol from Sweden, Beyond the Sea; a bit of 60s swing, and the rollicking folk number, Coal Black Smith, which brought the house down. Peter Wilson, one of our favourite groupies, declared it the best concert yet.
Your correspondent thoroughly enjoyed the evening, it was a an invigorating sing, the audience were great and the interval refreshments absolutely delicious.
Libby, from Waltham sent this message to Liz; “THANK YOU......."Not only for their talent but their contribution to the huge amount of ticket sales. Thank you all for the best of best concerts. It was such fun to organise. Amazing, I had never expected such an absolutely splendid evening. You're all wonderful people!"
We were bowled over to hear that the evening had raised an amazing £1,805 which will be divided between the church and charities including Parkinson’s.
Thanks as always to our wonderful leader Liz and to Libby and the team at Waltham.
Many thanks to Harlaxton Church for hosting our Summer Concert. John and the team looked after us so well, with sandwiches and cake. The capacity audience's response was warm and enthusiastic and the excellent acoustics in the church made it a joy to sing there.
Despite a variation in numbers singing each part-lots of Altos, few Sopranos and even fewer Basses, the sound was well balanced.
Thanks as always to Liz who worked so hard to produce a wonderful evening of music.
Close Harmony and Millstone Grit at Scalford Church
Saturday 28th October 2017
A small but perfectly formed audience, many of whom were Global Harmonies, enjoyed the joint concert presented by Close Harmony and Millstone Grit at St Egelwin’s Church, Scalford. One gentleman had recognised our lovely Barbara on the poster and had decided to come along to see her!
Close Harmony sang first. They have added Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound”, arranged by Aimee Leonard, to their repertoire of folk and popular songs from around the world, which were very well received. There were many positive comments during the interval when we all enjoyed delicious canapés and drinks.
Millstone Grit have developed into a well balanced ensemble of confident singers and talented instrumentalists. Their varied set, with most songs arranged especially for them by their Musical Director, Jan Williams, was a pleasure to listen to. They were equally at home rollicking through folk songs as they were giving spine tingling renditions of Russian hymns.
Given the popularity of our poster girl, it was appropriate that they rounded off the evening by asking everyone to join in the Beach Boys classic, Barbara Ann.
Many thanks to everyone at Scalford Church, who made us so welcome, and, as always, to our Musical Directors, Liz Underhill and Jan Williams.
Close Harmony joined the all male group, Millstone Grit again for a concert at the beautiful little church at Croxton Kerrial on Saturday 10th June.
Our singers enjoyed presenting old favourites and the two new numbers, Java Jive and At the Hop went down really well with the audience, with Helen doing a great job fronting At the Hop.
Millstone Grit were confident and in good voice, with a varied and interesting programme from the Beatles to Georgian church music.
Liz was delighted to receive an email from Lionel, a Mllstone Grit member, which I quote below.
“ I think CH are remarkable. They never seem to put a foot wrong. I was remarking to Diana last night that you practice for 45 mins every fortnight whereas we do four hours, yet CH are always pin-sharp and so tuneful. I'm willing to bet they never do a real stinker of a performance whereas we've had two or three down the years! Your two blokes do a tremendous job because there's nowhere for them to hide. Do tell them that all the Gritters hugely respect that.”
A super evening all around, thanks as always to Liz.
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