In our first two seasons of Musical Bites the December choral workshop had featured the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. However this year we decided to explore 3 other choruses from this popular work. James Wharton and Ed Tomlinson provided the musical leadership (conductor and piano respectively) and we provided music copies, though several singers brought their own.
The format of the Musical Bite works well - the workshop (we called it a fun shop) running while anyone can came in for refreshments, listen, chat and relax for a little while as the singers practice. Half way through the singers had their own refreshment break, and besieged Fiona, Shirley, Nina and Jean with requests for well deserved tea, coffee, cappuccino and cakes, participated in the keyboard raffle and bought a few Christmas decorations (for the local hospital Little Lives Appeal). At noon James gave the singers a 5 minute break before they gave their 'mini Messiah' performance of "And the Glory", "For unto us" and "Lift up your heads". I'm pleased to say that Dai's work by the street door encouraging people in throughout the morning paid dividends with every table filled and several pews occupied for this performance. The singers sheer enjoyment really came across well - the atmosphere throughout the morning was very friendly and happy, which made all the preparation beforehand well worth the effort.
I would like to thank everyone who helped with the refreshments, raffle, furniture moving and tidying up, and especially David for co-ordinating the event, and James & Ed for their musicianship. The organ fund is better off by £465.18 which is a magnificent total.
My photos this time are not very good (I got the camera settings wrong) however the best of the bunch are shown below.