Our second Musical Bite was a roaring success, despite the inclement weather outside. We set up in good time so did not feel rushed or unready. Ray had brought along his big screen, data projector and laptop with words of all the songs loaded in it to display on the screen, and the old upright piano was wheeled to the front of the aisle. Shortly after 9.30 am the first punters arrived, and were soon buying their piano key raffle numbers, cappuccino, cake and sitting down to sing.
I laughed when the first song played was 'Mud, Mud Glorious Mud' followed by other silly songs, as it seemed so appropriate for the weather. Later we sang 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' - it seems raindrops were a theme to the music! At the beginning there weren't many people, possibly because of the stormy Friday night which meant people hadn't come to Stony to do their shopping as early as usual but they soon came in steady and greater numbers. Dave K and Andrew took it in turns to play, and turned pages for each other. Marian, Sylvia and I ran the Raffle, cake and soft knitted toy stall, Shirley, Fiona and Nina did a great job in the kitchen, and Dai and David S went out in to the windy, spitty rainy weather and encouraged people into the Church to sing. We noticed that quite a lot of them stayed for considerable periods of time, they weren't just dashing in for a quick cuppa, and had clearly come with a view to enjoying a good sing.
During the course of the morning I videoed the singing and serving of refreshments. Daisy Bell is an old favourite of mine, and this short 2 3/4 minute video has more action towards the end, though singing throughout.
For some reason (probably the weather) we all thought we wouldn't do as well this time as the first Musical Bite, but when we counted the cash at the end of the morning we were delighted to discover we had raised £326.40, with 4 home made cakes still to sell. These were sold after mass on Sunday so a further £12.00 was raised from this event towards the purchase of a Grand Piano for the Church which will assist in fundraising for both the Organ fund and the Church Restoration fund, as well as be useful for church services for certain hymns and backup for the organ.