The Stokes Singers Summer concert on 27th June 2015 was a great success. On a lovely summer evening a large audience were entertained by the choir and indiviual members performing a selection of songs about places around the world. The programme included:
‘Come Fly With Me’ composed by Jimmy Van Heusen, with lyrics by Sammy Cahn
‘New York, New York’ composed by John Kander, with lyrics by Fred Ebb
‘New York State of Mind’ written by Billy Joel - sung by Wendy Sloggett
‘An American Trilogy’ arranged by Ed Lojesky
‘Galveston’ written by Jimmy Webb - sung by Robert Powell
‘California Dreamin’ written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips
‘Carolina On My Mind’ written by James Taylor - sung by Ian Barber accompanied by Jason Barber
‘Pennsylvania 6-5000’ written by Glenn Miller
‘A Whole New World’ music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice
‘Top of the World’ written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis
‘Thina Simunye’ South African folk song
I Love Paris written by Cole Porter - sung by Phil Easter
‘Skye Boat Song’ Scottish folk song arranged by Greg Gilpin - sung by
Sue Martin, Anne Caarvallo, Lynn Booth, Kath Ferris, Nicky Haasz, Kurnia Witono, Selina Taylor, Jane Whalley
‘Wonderful Copenhagen’ written by Frank Loesser
Excerpt from ‘An American In Paris’ written by George Gershwin - played by Phil Lawrence
‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice
‘Plovi Barko’ Croatian Folk Song
‘What a Wonderful World’ written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
The audience were invited to join the choir in singing three well known songs: White Cliffs of Dover, It's Long Way to Tipperary and Lambert Walk which they did with gusto.
Our nominated charity this year was Great Western Air Ambulance and we were delighted that our concert raised £428.00 to help support this great organisation providing emergency support to our local area. Thank you to the audience and choir who contributed generously.
Some lovely comments were recorded in our Comments Book as well as via emails, some of which are shown below:
" Sounds just as good as the Christmas concert. We loved the solo from Mr Barber and his son - magical. - well done."
"Absolutely lovely programme. So powerful and fulfilling. Well done"
"Absolutely beautiful singing, wonderful harmonies between men and ladies"
"Lovely music harmonies, really good"
"Lovely songs well sung. Really enjoyed the young man on his guitar"
"Great concert, good selection of music - well controlled and sung"
"What a happy and uplifting evening"
"You get better every time. Well done"
"The best concert so far. Very effective. Enjoyed the entrance 2nd half"
"Brilliant!! As always, keep up the good work! Here's to the next time"
A great evening was enjoyed by choir and audience alike and we are all looking forward to our next big event - the Christmas Concert on Friday 11th December at St Chad's Church, Patchway.
Videos of some of the songs can be viewed on the Stokes Singers Facebook page.