Saltash, Concert at St Stephens Church
It was a pleasant warm evening for our concert at St Stephens Parish Church in Saltash on Friday May 19th. On this occasion we were joined by our lovely guest singer and one of our audiences firm favourites, Rebekah Skamp. After we opened the concert with 'A Voice of Singing', 'The Rose', 'Song of Cornwall', and 'African Prayer', Rebekah sang 'The Salley Gardens' by Benjamin Britten and 'Think of Me' by Andrew Lloyd Webber, from the wonderful 'Phantom of the Opera'. The Choir continued to the interval with 'Llanfair', 'Tibyay Payom', 'Lily of the Valley' and 'Home from the Sea'. After a short Break, our very own Roger James recited a poem about Cornwall 'Home Sweet Home', written by 'Friend of Loveny' Kathy Lang, and dedicated to Loveny in her words "for all the joy they have given me over the years".
With the second half of the performance underway, the Choir returned to sing 'Cavalry of the Steppes', 'Let the Lower Lights be Burning', and 'Under the Boardwalk', after which Rebekah concluded her performance with 'L’Ho Perduta' by Mozart and 'O Waly, Waly' by Benjamin Britten. The Choir closed the evening by singing 'Sweet Caroline', 'Kentucky Babe', 'Alexanders Ragtime Band' and the rousing 'American Trilogy'.
Our thanks and appreciation go to our MD Colin Arthur, Accompanist Mike Jones, and the irrepressible John Ead, who compered the proceedings.
The Ladies and, it has to be said, the 'sartorially elegant' Gentlemen of the Church resplendent in 'bow ties', then served a wonderful buffet supper for all. Our grateful thanks go to each and every one of them!
The 'Afterglow' began next door in the 'Cecil Arms', where the mainly young customers and locals joined in with enthusiasm. It was a pleasant end to the evening, and we thank the Landlord and Landlady of the 'Cecil' for their warm hospitality.