The Orphean Singers gave a wonderful, uplifting and fun concert on 29th September celebrating their Diamond Jubilee and that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  The first half consisted of a selection of their favourite songs they had sung over the years, with the second half a patriotic 'last night of the proms' style selection.  They had some guest performers in addition to their own soloists: the Hindley children were a big hit with the audience.

They changed the printed programme very slightly, so I hope I've got this right:

  • Afrika Gloria (E Sontonga, arr Tamblyn)
  • Les Miserables Medley (Boublil/Natel/Kretzmer Schonberg arr Loyeski)
  • Solo: All I ask of you (Lloyd Webber)
  • Locus Iste (Bruckner ed Hill)
  • Steal away to Jesus (Trad arr Roberton)
  • Solo: Francesca, Dominic and Alistair Hindley played Piano, Cornet and Clarinet solos
  • Adiemus (Karl Jenkins)
  • Time to say goodbye (Sartori/Quarantoto/Peterson arr Huff)
  • Unchained Melody (Zaret/North arr Brymer)

Interval

  • Jerusalem (Parry)
  • Britons Sing! (Lucas/Purcell arr Geehi)
  • Solo: Paddy read a poem
  • Keep the Home Fires Burning (Ford/Novello arr Lucas)
  • There'll always be an England (Parker/Charles)
  • Solo: Shirley read a Pam Ayres poem
  • Rule Britannia (Arne) with Chrissie Clift as Britannia
  • Land of Hope & Glory (Benson/Elgar arr Fagge) with Dave King on the organ

We had a Red, White and Blue themed raffle and some delicious refreshments during the interval.  Many people had come with their flags to wave during the second half and we put bunting up as well.

The total raised from the retiring collection, raffle, refreshments and pipe sponsorship was £281.50.  I would like to thank Kath Hindley (musical Director), Brenda May (accompanist), The Orphean Singers, Francesca, Dominic, Alistair, Dave King (organ), Lesley and Kieran (refreshments) and everyone else who helped in any way for such a lovely festive evening.