Singing is a piece of cake!

Singing in front of family and friends should be a piece of cake and it was … literally!  Our Winter Concert at Didsbury Baptist Church on Sunday 17th November featured some excellent homemade cakes on sale, to support the Choir Assistance Fund that helps people on low income to access the choir. This performance was a chance for the choir to try out some new songs and to showcase our new director Rose Hodgson. Rose was on fine form in getting both the best out of us and also out of our audience who were invited to sing ‘Community is singing’ at the end of both of our sets.

We sang a mixture of new songs and some old seasonal favourites. Yes, it is the run up to Christmas after all. We started with ‘Now We Are Met’ a traditional song sung in the round. This was followed by ‘I Wish I Knew How’ which is all about being true to oneself, despite what life throws at you. Then ‘Every Brick You Take from the Wall’ with its promise of things changing for the better if only we keep up the struggle! One of my favourites followed ‘Who Will You Be’ a song for grandmothers and grandfathers everywhere. ‘Happy Together’ summoned up the feeling in the moment and then Rose invited the audience to sing with us ‘Community is Singing’ which says what it does!

A splendid Cake Break followed. I can personally commend the almond and cherry cake. The splendid ‘Tar Barrel in Dale was next even though it is really a New Year’s Eve song. Then ‘Past Three A Clock’ an updated traditional song that has a really wintery lyric. Then ‘May Your Cup Always be Full’ reminds us all of the spirit of winter festivals of love and peace as did ‘Riu Riu Chiu’. Then the rather ridiculous reindeer song ‘Oley leyloyla’ with many of the choir wearing antlers and whooping! How to end the set well? Time for a recap of ‘Community is Singing’ followed by some flowers for Rose, to celebrate her fantastic first concert with us.

Thanks to everyone at Didsbury Baptist Church for making everything easy for us, as per usual. And thanks John Eaden for this and the other photos you took. 

William West 18th November 2019

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Manchester Community Choir exists to bring together and to encourage people from all sections of the community to sing together and share the joy of song.
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