The big event of a busy year for members of your choir was undoubtedly the sponsored hymn singing event in October which raised a magnificent £900 for church funds.
In my report for 2004 I said the choir was willing to share in fund-raising work and that we had a number of ideas up our surplice sleeves. The Hymnsing 04 event was one of those ideas and we are extremely grateful to all those who supported it.
My personal thanks go to all the members of the choir - and I include Geoff and Ysmena as members because they are always willing to add their voices to the ensemble - for the rehearsal time they put in for the event and their stamina during the afternoon. Thanks also to the people who helped on the day with refreshments - and those who sat it out to hear their favourite hymns sung. Best thanks of all go to the choir members who 'persuaded' the congregation and their friends and relatives to part with so much money. The event exceeded all our expectations. Watch out - we may do it again!
We continue to be able to raise a four-part choir Sunday by Sunday - though we are always in need of new faces and voices, and can assure you that singing is not such a daunting prospect. Please give it a thought and have a quiet word with Choir director Catherine Smith and she will arrange a short voice test to see where you could fit in.
As I write we are in rehearsal for two upcoming special events - the Friends concert and the devotional presentation on Palm Sunday.
We were gratified to see such a good congregation for the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols just before Christmas, at which we sang some old favourites and a few items new to us. I think it is a pity that all that wonderful music only gets an airing at Christmas time, so maybe, just maybe, we'll sing carols in high summer! I have heard that there are between 60 and 100 different settings for While Shepherds Watched, so maybe there's another marathon singing subject. Or maybe not.
As always we are very grateful to the deputies who fill in during times of need and often at short notice.
Our current line-up is:
Choir director and organist: Catherine Smith.
Sopranos: Sheila Davies,
Contraltos: Jean Archer, Pam Hunter, Jess Lancaster, June Skuse.
Tenors: Colin Lee (senior chorister),
Philip Day, Mark Smith, Colin Skuse. Basses:
Juniors: Phillip Rowland-Morris, Gemma Davies, Mike Bungay.