2016-17 season Christmas

Christmas cracker of a night provided by great choral society



It ws a dark and foggy night. The fire glowed warmly. The Strictly finals were on TV. Did we want to venture out through the fog to the Choral Soceity Christmas Carol Concert? The answer was probably "not a lot!, but we went and how glad we were.

This was a cracker of an evening with the wonderful choir singing both well loved and unfamiliar carols, in their one inimitable style. A chocolate box of 26 goodies, every one a treat. Some had well known words set to a different tune, some had different words to the tune we know.

The Choral Society always encourages young people and new talent, and was pleased to welcome 16-year-old Adam Pugh who hopes to go into musical theatre.

He received plenty of applause when he sang Believe from Polar Express and everyone's favourite Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Judy Garland first sang that over 70 years ago. Adam is working hard on his career, we all wish him well.

The distinguished guest musical director was Dr Christopher Ouvry-Johns from Leicester Cathedral, filling in for Anselm Kersten after his accident.

Oksana King ws the brilliant pianist.

What I loved most about this concert was that the audience joined in various carols and we could pretent that our voices matched the choirs.

Well, I can dream!

What a super way to celebrate this lovely time of year. You can always tape the TV!

by Vivien Window