After several days of pleasant May sunshine it was cooler and darker in Buxton on Saturday for the choir’s latest concert. We also faced the challenge of singing alongside the more local Whaley Choir. Would we rise to the occasion and lift people’s spirits?
The concert, which was held in the rather splendid John the Baptist Parish Church, was in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer, an important and very active charity. The concert was also in memory of Sally Mitchell, one of our choir’s sopranos, who died 2 years ago from Ovarian Cancer. Our choice of songs reflected both those that Sally especially liked and those we wished to sing in memory of her.
The Whaley Choir sang first, in good creative voice, with a set that included some familiar songs like Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence. We joined them for their final song Siyahamba.
After a short break it was our turn. We began with a gentle version of Durme and of course it went down well as did the rest of our set. We sang our hearts out. We did a rousing version of Saltwater, followed by a spirited Diamonds. We them sang Woyaya with its theme of getting there despite life’ struggles before our penultimate song Who will you be? And for our final song I am a river the Whaley Choir joined us on stage and Liz our director taught the words and the tune to the audience. The combined might of two choirs and a big audience fair raised the roof when singing together at the end of a lovely concert.
Blog by William West. Photo by Matilda Simon.