what a wonderful celebration…
The evening began, at Union Chapel, with a dynamic warm up from our original MDs Faith Watson and Jules Gibb, who led us in singing WOYAYA and MA TE AROHA from our first CD.
Carol Donaldson, who was our next MD, enthusiastically taught us, DURME from our second CD and she said “It was a wonderful evening, thoroughly enjoyed it!”. Then our present MD, Liz Powers, delighted us by conducting the atmospheric rainforest song KUDEKUKURU from our third CD. “I was really moved. Enjoyable, and lovely to sing those songs again” Carolyn, alto.
A large cake with the choir logo and many other sweet cake delights, generously baked and provided by choir members, were enjoyed in the interval. Time to catch up, and archive footage and displays of past performances brought tears to the eyes of some singers!
The second half of the evening was quickfire song choices from the MDs. We sang several choir favourites including the literally fitting Manchester Community Choir rendition of SINGING IN THE RAIN, with Faith and Jules, followed by TULA ; with Carol MILLION NIGHTINGALES; with Liz – I AM A RIVER; with Faith and Jules – NOW THE SUN; with Carol – CHANSON; and finally with Liz – SHONA MALANGA.
Jules Gibb thought it was a great event. Faith Watson said she “thoroughly enjoyed both leading the choir again and joining in when Carol and Liz were teaching – what a treat! It was a great sound and I’m so relieved that people remembered/ picked up the older songs so well.”
And Liz Powers, “What a great evening! I felt very proud to be the current Director of such a fantastic choir with such a long history.”
Original members were there, including Ian, bass, who had come all the way from Devon! Many past and present members came to join in the singing including our most recent member Elisa, soprano, from Italy.
“The party was certainly something to write home about!” Sian, tenor.
“A great evening of uplifting music, it was magic!” Freddi, alto.
“A pleasure to meet the former Directors and a taste of what had been done in choir before. The pictures told us the history of the choir which made me very proud to be part of it.” Grace, soprano.
“A Triumph!” Anne, tenor.
“Singing for hours and hours!” Pete, bass.
“Great fun.” Dorothy, alto.
“Well done and roll on the 20th!” Tudor, bass.
A big thank you to everyone for their wholehearted participation. As Chrissie, soprano said:
“Biggest smiles award to Liz during Shona Malanga and Maggie at the end. Another part of the Choir folklore.”