A rousing ‘Mikado’ melody welcomed the audience on arrival at the third of a series of popular lunchtime concerts held in the church. The programme of music promised a wide variety of moods and tempos, ranging from Eighteenth Century gems to modern day toe tappers.

Following the opening piece, Vivaldi’s ‘Themes from Spring’ – though not seasonal on a chilly, November day – inspired feelings of warmer times to come. The attentive audience, comprising adults, St Mary and St Giles School Choir and a selection of very well behaved babies, enjoyed their sandwich lunches whilst being entertained by Haydn, Symphony 75, Andante and, in complete contrast, the big, bold, brassy sounds of David Rose’s well known work, ‘The Stripper’.

Then it was St Mary and St Giles School Choir’s turn to perform and both ‘The Best Day of my Life’ – with expert choreographed movement - and ‘Good Things’ – a very moving song about life’s possibilities with self belief – had the audience’s heads nodding and toes tapping. What a wonderful choir.

After ‘Lead me Lord’, then a samba classic – where the audience joined in with a variety of percussion instruments – and ‘Memory’ from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cats’, Dave King treated us to a piece from Borodin, a lovely, mystical melody.

The concert concluded with two firm favourites for young and old: ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Scotland the Brave’. As always, Lesley Salter conducted with expertise and the band showed their varied and praiseworthy talents. A big thank you to the tea makers and cake providers – refreshments of the very best.

This concert raised £76.10 towards missing pipes in the Willis organ.

by Andrea Hearne, with photos by Richard Hearne

SMSG school choir

SMSG school choir

SMSG Band and children

SMSG Band and children

Brass section

Brass section

Enjoying coffee and music

Enjoying coffee and music

Enjoying lunch and music

Enjoying lunch and music