Who’d like to go and sing to some men in uniform? This is a question which I regularly put to the BlueBelles around mid November when we increasingly get booked to sing for an MOD Christmas Function. Funnily enough, The BlueBelles are always terribly keen on this and jump at the opportunity!
Having said that, this year we didn’t get much notice when asked to go and perform for the Christmas ‘do’ at MOD Lyneham in Wiltshire and unfortunately only half the BlueBelles could make it.
As a result of this we decided to team up with some of our friends in Blue Notes. Blue Notes are another one of my choirs, an all female Jazz group from South Cerney in Gloucestershire. We also had the added problem that whilst we had 4 BlueBelles we didn’t have any top sopranos. So to solve this we also invited along Luana Godwin. Luana and I together form the Luana Godwin Duo – she sings, I play the piano.
So having put together the ‘choir’ for the evening, we all turned up at MOD Lyneham with Photo ID ready. As it turned out I was the only person who got ‘escorted’! Having gained access we started off by singing for the pre dinner drinks reception. This went rather well and we were then shown to the ‘library’ where we decided to make a plan for the 3 singing sessions we had to do during the dinner.
It may look quite serious as we all sat around the table, but this soon changed when I was sent to the bar to acquire several bottles of wine! I’m not entirely sure that drinking wine before singing to a paying customer is entirely wise! But it did seem to help ‘relax’ everyone.
As everyone had sung together at the pre dinner reception, we decided that each group would take a turn. First up was Luana singing Michael Head’s The Little Road to Bethlehem followed by a few traditional Carols. Following that during the main course the BlueBelles and Blue Notes sang a number of songs together including Oh Holy Night and Candy Cane Lane. During pudding I went back out with the Quartet of BlueBelles. Luana was supposed to be singing soprano but she had run off, probably in search of a soldier! We didn’t like to ask! This left me singing the tune but that worked surprisingly well – it probably helped that the guests were quite rowdy by this point.
The evening concluded with a group sing of We Wish You a Merry Christmas.