October 14th 2017 can be considered a rousing success. The choir was on form, the soloists performed brilliantly, the Rolls Royce Ladies Choir were fantastic, the venue was great and, to top it all, we had a wonderful audience that seemed to appreciate the show.(I’ve run out of superlatives)
The concert was in support of the Ashgate Hospice and was attended by Christine Seldon who gave a little history and information about the Charity and its works. We are delighted to be able to support this worthy cause and will advise the proceeds as soon as results are in.
A varied programme saw pieces from The Holy City to My Way from the men and Hallelujah to the Bohemian Rhapsody from the Ladies. Colin Smith sang The Song of the Toreador and Fishermen of England whilst John Stamp soloed his verse of the wonderful hymn, How Great Thou Art. Glyn Lloyd took the solo in Kalinka, which involved some lively clapping by the choir and audience. Of course, we could not forget Squawk the parrot, who always likes to appear with the Pirates. Mick Mullarkey tried his best, but the Saga Louts could not let him entirely hog the limelight. A section of the ladies choir, The Nightingales, sang Fernando and Pippa and Belinda sang a marvellous version of the Leonard Cohen classic, Hallelujah.
The finale, with both choirs joining to sing You Raise Me Up and You’ll Never Walk Alone, was unrehearsed but demonstrated the ability and professionalism of both choirs to perform to the highest standard and was a moving finish to the evening.
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