Last weekend saw us once again at the Swindon bowl in the Old Town Gardens for the choir festival which was raising funds for Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal.
This year the sun shone and we swapped our umbrellas for parasols and cushions. A pleasant afternoon was spent listening to many other choirs and watched some add choreography to their performance. Always a little in awe of those who can sing and dance at the same time, but I guess we will have to work on that one!
Whilst waiting backstage we found a corner and practiced as quietly as possible. Quite likely this was the best we had ever sung!
This summer we have put together a circa 1940s set and are liking the old style sound. Starting with “One Fine Day” to get us in the mood for “In the Mood”, then “can’t help loving that man”, the old classic from Showboat, moving onto “Goodnight Sweetheart”. Next singing a wonderful arrangement of “Blue Moon” for which we have recruited our Musical Director Jules Addison as the bass line, and then finishing with the obvious choice of “We’ll meet again”.
Lovely to meet our friends in other choirs and join them onstage for a joint number, but also to sing with all the choirs for the grand finale where we were joined by the soprano soloist Luana Godwin who lead us in a few British favourites, “Rule Britannia”, “Land of Hope and Glory” and “Jerusalem”. Always nice to hear the audience singing along too and everyone seemed to have a marvellous afternoon enjoying the music in the sun.