A rather wet and miserable day greeted those who came to the Autumn Concert at SMSG church, however it did not deter the attendance with the church full to overflowing. A very appreciative audience greeted the performers and a varied programme of singing and music took place.
The choir started the concert off with songs from “Les Miserables” followed by, "You are mine" and "As long as I have music".
The audience was then entertained with a mix of music from the band and the choir followed this with two more songs. The Queen Eleanor School Choir and St. Mary & St. Giles School Choir took us up to the interval.
After the interval St. Mary & St. Giles School Orchestra took the stage – a great platform for these youngsters to perform to their parents and a wider audience. I heard someone comment that this is the way to encourage children, not only to have a love of music, but also to play an instrument solo or as a group.
The church choir then took to the stage with two numbers, “Speak softly love” and “I’ll stand by you”, this was followed by some gentle music from the handbells. The final section was taken by the choir with “Ain't misbehavin’” and “Tomorrow is another day”
The finale “Make a song for my heart to sing” was with all the singers (children and adults), band, handbell ringers together. This rounded off a superb afternoon of performing. A special vote of thanks was made to Dave King for accompanying on the piano and to Lesley and Kath for conducting most of the items.
A very special thanks has to go to those who manned the kitchen and managed to cope with the large audience during the interval, and also thanks to those who provided cakes for the event.
In all, a very successful concert and well done to all who helped to organise or took part to make this a success. It was a free concert however a retiring collection raised £264.96. There were 108 performers (including 55 children) and over 200 people in the audience.
Words by Jeff Wright, photos by Ray Rowlson
More photos of the Autumn concert can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78058413@N06/albums/72157659902595369