“To sing in the new we brave this cold weather”.
Yes, it’s that time of year again when we don our winter choir attire and unwrap our festive repertoire!
The event was a Fairtrade Christmas Market. This was being held at the Stockport Masonic Guildhall and in our upstairs rehearsal room we were surrounded by mysterious Masonic regalia on the walls.
Downstairs, we gave two performances to enthusiastic audiences of people taking a break from their Christmas shopping. We treated them to our new song – a Lester Simpson arrangement of Past Three A’Clock – and five other favourites. We particularly enjoyed the lovely scrunchy chords in Oremi Je Ka Jo (Ba ba mi, ay a mi) and in Tar Barrel In Dale.
Happily, there was time between our performances to buy Fairtrade products from around the world, in my case silver earrings from Mexico (my wife was very happy), extra virgin olive oil from Palestine, flavoured dark chocolate from Ghana, a gecko made from recycled tin cans from South Africa to add to our gecko collection…. and sea salt fudge from the Cotswolds.
Yes, I wondered about that last one too. But it was delicious!
Blog by Peter Willmot