Big Sing and more
It's been a busy couple of weeks in the lead up to our final Concert of the year in St Neot.
On December 7th we were invited to sing Christmas Carols at the turning on of the lights in Sladesbridge, and spent the evening in the Slades House Inn, enjoying ourselves and bringing a little Christmas spirit to customers and staff. As always the lights are a credit to the local people who show determination to brighten up these months of early darkness for residents and those driving through. Many thanks to Alan Jennings, Jackie and Nicky for the invitation, and for their hospitality!
The Following evening, we were letting our hair down again at our annual dinner in the Eliot House Hotel in Liskeard. As we shared the evening with other parties, it was inevitable that we would feel like entertaining...and so it was, to the great appreciation of all. Many thanks to Lorena and the ladies for all the organisation that needs to be done....much appreciated by us all!
Our Christmas concerts began with the 'Big Sing' in Truro Cathedral, an annual event since 2009, for the benefit of the work of Christian Aid and Truro Cathedral. In front of a very large congregation, community carol singing and readings were interspersed with contributions from invited choirs, this year Callington Community Gospel Choir, St Mewan School Choir, and of course Loveny, commencing with Dan Forrest's arrangement of 'The First Noel'. The Guest Speaker for the evening was Amanda Mukwashi, CEO of Christian Aid, who explained the work carried out by her organisation, and delivered a thought provoking message for Christmas. Many thanks to our MD Marcus....'whipping us' into shape to perform in front of our largest audience this year, and to our Accompanist for the evening Ann Fleet, who had to cope with playing the keys cast in shadows when the lights were turned down and did so admirably.
The following evening Saturday 15th, we were in Liskeard as guests of Bodmin Town Band in the Public Rooms. Audience numbers at the event were disappointing....as yet again a concert night was blighted by stormy conditions...in this case 'Deirdre'. Some argued the final of 'Strictly' also had an impact. Nevertheless, BTB under their MD John Maines, were at the top of their game, playing 'Christmassy' music arrangements expertly, with some outstanding solo parts played by various sections of the band. Many thanks to our wonderful hosts Bodmin Town Band, our Musical Team Marcus and Ann, and Roger for delivering two of David Prowse's poems so.....well, in the way only Roger can.
Our final concert for the year will be on 20th December at the Parish Church of St Neot. With so many local contributors, it will be a brilliant evening!