We were delighted to welcome Playpals to SMSG for the February half-term lunchtime concert. The group, lead by Marilyn Ridsdale, is a small U3A Band, and what a jolly time they gave us!
Playpals began with the appropriately named ‘Baby, it’s cold outside”, going on to ‘Moscow Sights’ and then two Beatles numbers – “All My Loving’ and ‘A Hard day’s Night’.
The lineup of 2 flutes, 3 clarinets, 5 assorted Saxophones, piano and 2 guitarists (rhythm, banjo, bass and ukulele!) filled the church with a full and rich sound.
In between the Band pieces were interspersed solos, duets and trios from band members. They ranged from two Chopin Mazurkas, clarinet duet, flute trio, baritone sax solo, trio of tenor sax and two guitars, to a guitar and vocal trio of ‘Do you wanna dance’ and were all much enjoyed by the audience and fellow band members alike.
The lunchtime was rounded off with the upbeat ‘You’ve got a friend in me’, ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’,’ Little Brown Jug’ and ‘I wanna be like you’.
Thank you to Playpals for bringing and sharing their love of playing together to us; it was a real pleasure for us all.
Thanks also to the kitchen crew and furniture movers, who are vital members of our Music for All @ SMSG volunteering team. We are very grateful for donations received of £71.77 for the organ fund and £5 (gift aided) for our Restoration Fund.
Words by Lesley Salter, photos by Richard Hearne