Oh what a night!

The choir and orchestra sang and played their hearts out at this festival of music from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Whether it was the orchestra belting out ‘Men of Harlech’ in the finale of Edward German’s Welsh Rhapsody or the choir giving it their all in their set of Sea Shanties, everyone gave 100% and the audience loved it!

So many people move heaven and earth to make these concerts happen. Especial thanks go to Bec Mills, our harpist who stepped in at the very last minute and brought that magical extra something to the orchestral sound.

The choral sound got a great boost when it was the audience’s turn to join in with the traditional Last Night numbers, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and ‘Jerusalem’. They also put in a highly musical and disciplined display of clapping during the ‘Sailor’s Hornpipe’ - well done audience!

The choir and orchestra and orchestra are now looking towards our next concert. For the orchestra, this will include a performance of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, which is something lots of us have wanted to play for a long time. As always, both choir and orchestra are interested in recruiting new members so please do visit the rest of the website to find out about our rehearsal times and our venue. Get in touch or, better still, come along to one of our rehearsals.

On 7 and 14 July, the orchestra will be holding open rehearsals to play through Beethoven’s 5th and Schumann’s 2nd Symphonies. This should be a really fun occasion and there will even be tea and cake at halftime! If you could drop an email to clarebhamilton@hotmail.com to let me know if you would like to come along, that would be great. Maybe see you there…