A audience of nearly 200 turned out to see the Choir perform it's first full length concert
...and what a night it was!
The day started at 3:00pm when the men arrived to set up St Catherine's Church ready for the evening's performance. The Church was nice and warm on a very cold day and the floor felt reassuringly warm to touch. At 5:00 pm the Choir arrived ready for the technical rehearsal along with ITV presenter Matt Price to start filming us ready for a news broadcast that went out to 9 ITV Regional News bulletins across the country on Monday evening. (Click the picture below to link to the news article). By 7:00pm the Choir were relaxing and early audience arrivals were bagging the best seats. The strains of Sula Lula, a Norwegian lullaby arranged by Rod Paton, rang out across the Church and we had begun this milestone concert.
The catering team sprung into action at half time and drinks and nibbles were enjoyed by all. The feedback was brilliant - 'It's so informal - the most enjoyable choir concert I've been to' - 'How much you have developed over the last year' - 'Very professional' - 'Very enjoyable to listen to'.... Even when everything went horribly wrong on one song and it took 2 attempts to get it going the audience loved it! The cheer when we finally finished the song nearly lifted the roof.
The concert had a serious objective to raise funds for Samaritans and Guide Dogs for the Blind. The exact mount will be posted when sums have been completed. A very successful raffle, which was drawn at the concert, raised more than £500 for the local 'SNIPS' charity.
Two guide dogs visited the concert along with this gorgeous trainee retriever puppy.
Matt Price - ITV Presenter with camera team. The theme of the news item was the growth of interest in community choirs and the impact of the choir on individuals.
Click the picture to watch the ITV News Item