The restaurant was full as members of the Castle Village choir made their way to their places and Leslie Sayers led them into the first carol. The audience joined in a little tentatively at first but, when encouraged by Leslie, grew louder as we sang the familiar carols.
The choir also sang less well-known carols and there were Christmas readings by Ron Jeanes, Donald Richardson, Patsy Blackmore and Enid Foxall.
There were interruptions too from a Health & Welfare Officer (aka resident Ken Walker) who jokingly criticised the lack of seats for the shepherds in the fields and their working hours, the unsuitability of some of the gifts from the wise men, the lack of paved roads and the long treks endured by the camels.
The new digital piano sounded good and meant that Maggie Finch did not have her back to the choir, conductor and audience while she ably led us in song through the evening.
The choir was 18 strong and the audience numbered around 70, with some guests sitting in the conservatory. One of those less well known carols was a new version of ‘Silent Night’ composed by Leslie for the occasion. The evening raised the splendid sum of £361 for the Rennie Grove Hospice Care, which operates in the local area.
Thank you Leslie for picking up the baton after the sad death of Ann De Morgan. The choir have responded by putting in many hours of practice to give us an enjoyable evening, which passed so quickly.
Finally, thanks to Monica Tisdale and her helpers who served us wine, mince pies and nibbles. Tables and chairs in the ballroom meant we were able to chat while lingering over our drinks.
An evening to remember!
The choir needs more members so if you are at interested please contact Leslie for a chat.