The Andante 'Love in Bloom' concert last Saturday night provided a relaxed and happy evening of love songs and piano music in our church on Saturday 13th February. Willis Flowers of Stony Stratford had very kindly donated 20 beautiful Red Roses for the event, which were displayed prominently on a table near the choir, and when introducing items Roger asked questions and presented roses to those who got them right. The fourth item on the programme was 'And this is my beloved' from Kismet, and when Roger asked "who is my beloved" a certain Churchwarden called out "she is sitting beside me"! This earned the churchwarden a red rose which he presented, with a rather pink face, to the conductor of our church band (who happens to be his wife)!

The programme ran as follows:

  • It's a grand night for singing (R&H) - Choir
  • Tonight (Bernstein) - Choir
  • Can you feel the love tonight?  - Duet by Sue Lineham & Chrissie Clift
  • And this is my beloved (Kismet) - Choir
  • The little worm - Solo by Hilary O'Donoghue
  • Let's begin again (Rutter) - Choir
  • Wedding day at Troldhagen (Grieg) - Piano duet
  • Reading
  • Concerto for clarinet, 2nd mvt (Mozart) - Ed Tomlinson on his Clarinet
  • April Love (Sammy Fain) - Choir
  • You raise me up (Graham/Lovland) - Choir
  • Interval (with lovely refreshments)
  • Won't you marry me? (Childers) - Choir
  • Music of the Night (Lloyd Webber) - Choir
  • Brightly dawns our wedding day (Sullivan) - Hilary O'Donoghue, Jane Wolfson, Malcolm Austin & David Wolfson
  • Vocal & guitar Solo - Chrissie & Michael Clift
  • The Dream of Olwen (Williams, arr Geehl) - Choir
  • The Goslings (Bridge) - Choir
  • Reading
  • We'll gather lilacs (Novello) - Choir
  • Italian Girl in Algiers (Rossini) - Piano duet
  • Perhaps Love (Denver) - Choir
  • The Wedding March (Wagner) - Choir, Piano and Organ

We were lucky in that although the organ is slightly sharper than concert pitch, because the church was cold, the piano and organ were actually close enough in tune for the last piece to work.  Roger played the organ, Ed conducted and played the piano for this piece.

We didn't have a huge audience for this event, which was a shame, but the 40 people who did turn up were appreciative and at the end of the evening we discovered that we'd raised another £319.70 for the grand piano fund.  Once again I'd like to thank everyone who helped behind the scenes to make this concert a success, including those who took care of things in the kitchen, handled the raffle, moved furniture, and co-ordinated things.  Also a special thank you to Andante, who are returning to us in June for StonyLive to perform a very different programme of works from this Valentine themed event.