The well-known local choir Polymnia gave a warm and heartfelt concert entitled Summer Delights on Saturday evening (6th June) in St Mary & St Giles Church.  Their Director is John Byron and accompanist Anna Le Hair.

Polymnia at St Mary & St Giles

The programme was:

  • Black is the colour of my true love’s hair (Trad. arr. Churchill)
  • A boy and a girl (Whitacre)
  • Seal Lullaby (Whitacre)
  • Spanish Dance no 5 in E minor (Granados) – Anna LeHair – piano solo
  • Amor di mi alma (Z Randall Stroope)
  • Come live with me and be my love (Rutter)
  • Summertime (Gershwin)
  • Down in the river to pray (Trad. Arr. Byron)

Interval during which wine and fruit juice were offered to the audience with donations to the Organ restoration Fund

  • The Seagull (John Hearne)
  • Three Shakespearean Songs (Vaughan Williams)
  • The lake in the mountains (Vaughan Williams) – Anna Le Hair – piano solo
  • The blue bird (Stanford)
  • The long day closes (Sullivan)
  • From the Bavarian Highlands (Elgar): The Dance, Lullaby, The Marksman

We were treated to an encore…

  • Goodnight (Lennon McCartney)

The choir sang from the Chancel for the concert – except for The Seagull which was the first item after the interval.  The choir stood in the side aisles to surround the audience and sang this item which is based on a Skye folk song.  One could hear the seagulls!  Our favourite was The Blue Bird – ‘heavenly’ said Shirley.  I was invited by Polymnia to be a page turner for Anna.  I’ve never been a page turner before and I hope I turned in time and only one page at a time!  But I’d say the page turner has the best seat in the concert: sitting right in front of the choir and next to the piano one feels almost part of the music.  I look forward to being asked again!

Polymnia at St Mary & St Giles

I thank Marian, Shirley, Dai and Nina for setting up our Church, welcoming audience, serving refreshments and returning the Church ready for Sunday Mass – also to Lesley for making shortbread.  Polymnia kindly offered £100 for the use of the Church and together with donations for an interval glass of wine the Organ Restoration Fund has benefited by exactly £200.

by David Scrutton (photos are video stills)
Tagged: Anna Le Hair, choral, grand piano, John Byron, Polymnia, Singing
Source: StMaryStGilesPipeOrganBlog