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Amazingly, 2017 sees us celebrating our 25th anniversary! In May 1992 twenty two nervous singers gave their first concert in Minchinhampton, led by our founder Gerry Palmer. Since then we've gone from strength to strength and have raised over £240,000 for good causes. There are 62 of us now, including Gerry's wife Sheila, who is proud to still be singing with us as our only remaining founder member. Over the years we've sung hundreds of different songs in hundreds of different venues, but always with the same enthusiasm.
During our Minchinhampton concert we were proud to present cheques to these very worthwhile local organisations: the Amberley 1st Guides, OPENHouse and Severn View Food Project.
Our annual December concerts in Minchinhampton's Holy Trinity Church began this year with the exuberant Sing a Joyful Song of Christmas, sung to a full house on Friday evening and a well-filled church on Saturday. After getting the party going with Holiday Rock, we were treated to extended solos from Nancy Isaac during excerpts from The Messiah and Erika Jones in Memory. We ended the first half with a revival of our popular comedy number The Making of a Choir, followed by the rousing medley from the show The Music Man.
Stand out numbers from our second half were the heartfelt Fix You, ever-popular O Holy Night, a cheeky Cool Yule from a group of our ladies, the joyously powerful We've Got Good News to Tell and our fun finale, an arrangement of three silly Christmas songs by our accompanist Barrie Cooper. Despite the choir donning bizarre festive headgear for this last set of numbers, our show had already been well and truly stolen from us earlier in the half by the three young ballet dancers - Eleanor, Tallulah and Willum - who danced with such skill and aplomb in Nutcracker Jingles, an unlikely combination of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet music and Jingle Bells. Isn't there an old adage about the dangers of performing with children?
As always we are delighted to be able to make donations to worthwhile local causes, and at these concerts they were: the Stroud Court, Minchinhampton, Nelson Trust, Stroud Foodbank and our hosts, Holy Trinity Church.
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