Singing at the Stockport Fair Trade Fair has become one of the choir’s regular performances at the start of the festive season in late November. It was also our second public performance with our new choir director Rose Hodgson, who had put together a set combining old and new festive favourite.
We started with ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free’ which was new to most of us but apparently some veteran choir members recall singing it in the distant past. This is a poignant song about how to be authentically yourself which captures, indeed I think, expresses, something of the spirit of our choir. Then we sang the new ‘Every Brick You Take From the Wall’ which has a resonance with the challenges the world faces today. This was followed by the delightful medieval Catalan ‘Riu Riu Chiu’ with its nightingale festive chorus.
Then ‘Who Will You Be’ a song sung by grandparents to grandchildren which can easily bring a tear to the eye. ‘Tar Barrel In Dale’ followed and yes it is a New Year’s Eve song but it does capture that turn of the year feeling that is already in the air with the leaves on the ground and the winter frosts beginning. Then the rather daft but funny ‘Oley Leyloyla’ the song used by Sami people to round up reindeers. Several members of the choir wore antlers just to confuse and delight us all. In such a mood how could we not end our set with the ‘60s hit “Happy Together”? The audience were lovely, the event was for a very good cause and the choir was in good voice – top ingredients for a really enjoyable gig.
Written by William West 23rd Nov 2019 Photo by Kate Oakes