On Saturday 13th December Stokes Singers held their annual Christmas concert, this year entitled 'A Touch of Tinsel' at the Church of Christ the King, Bradley Stoke.
The evening included a selection of seasonal music, carols and songs which put everyone in the mood for the Christmas season.
Our Programme included 'Gaudete', The Infant King and 'Il est ne le Devine Enfant' (which tested our french pronounciation) as well as 'Christmas Eve in my Hometown' and 'The Twelve Days after Christmas' - an alternative to the traditional version which recounted the demise of the partridge, the peartree and all the other gifts provided by an ex true love - great fun to sing and throughly enjoyed by the audience.
A small group of sopranos and altos sang a very pretty traditional spanish carol, 'A la Nanita Nana' and Lynne Annear and her brother Paul Bryant performed an original song 'Grandma's Lullaby'. Unfortunately, due to illness one of our planned solo pieces had to be cancelled but happily Phil Lawrence stepped into the breach by reading a seasonal poem 'Be kind to your turkey this Christmas', composed no doubt by a vegetarian. Phil also sang a Tom Lehrer song, 'Christmas Carol' which took a wry view of Christmas traditions.
Several Community Carols were included during the evening; our audience enthusiastically joined the choir in singing 'o Come all ye Faithful', 'O Little Town of Bethlehem', 'While Shepards Watched their Flocks' and 'Hark the Herald Angles'.
The proceeds of programme and refreshment sales were donated to our selected Charity, Medecin sans Frontiers who have been working hard to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. We were delighted to raise £350.00 for this very worthwhile cause.
Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a great success.
Musical Director - Phillip Lawrence
Accompanist - Charmaine George
Percussionist - Paul Woodbury
Refreshment Team - Marian Gold, Betty Conibear, Jean Billing
Recording - Paul Morrish
Front of House - Alan Smith