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2018
Wednesday, 4 AprilNorth Hykeham Blind Club Concert
Friday, 20 AprilSt Michael's Church Waddington Concert
Friday, 9 JuneRAFA Wings Appeal Concert
Saturday, 30 JuneEnd-of-Season Concert, St Georges Church Swallowbeck
Saturday, 6 OctoberHartsholme House Concert
Saturday, 19 OctoberAll Saints Church Eagle Concert
Saturday, 10 NovemberPoppy Appeal Concert, North Hykeham Methodist Church
Saturday, 24 NovemberTennyson Wharf Care Home Concert
Friday, 14 DecemberBunkers Hill Care Home Concert


Please go to the 'Looking Back>Archive>Concerts' webpage for details of our earlier concerts.



North Hykeham Blind Club Concert, 4 April 2018

We returned once again to the delightful North Hykeham Methodist Church to give the Blind Club a 4th concert.

North Hykeham Methodist Church

Although we visit here twice a year for the Poppy Appeal and RAF Association Wings Appeal concerts, on this occasion the audience was very different. There were some 30 sight-impaired club members plus about 9 helpers all enjoying the stimulating effect of music.

Club Members

In these 'Half Concerts' lasting about 45 minutes we do not have a solo voice number. On this occasion, we gave our first public 'outing' to the Dambusters March, a song we will be singing later in the month at the opening of the International Bomber Command Memorial. In all we sang:

Gwahoddiad
Speed Your Journey
Rhythm of Life
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
What Would I Do Without My Music
Hallelujah
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Giong Home
In Flanders Fields
You Raise Me Up
The Dambusters March

There is very little space in the room, so we usually have a 'reduced' choir of about 13, but one or two extra members turned up making it all a bit of a squash.

Quarts in Pint Pots

This did mean, though, that we had a very full and balanced choir that made wonderful music for the Club members. Afterwards, we had terrific feedback from the Club and will almost certainly be asked to return again next year.



St Michael's Church Waddington Concert, 20 April 2018

We last visited this delightful and very modern St Michael's Church in Waddington village three years ago. Located some 5 miles south of Lincoln and a stone's throw from the roar of military jet engines in nearby RAF Waddington, the church owes its modernity to the fact that the original 12th century building was completely destroyed in WW2 by a parachute mine in May 1941 and was subsequently rebuilt and re-consecrated in 1954.

St Michael's Church, Waddington

The day had been warm and sunny, which encouraged a large audience to attend the concert. Having carried the choir's hefty keyboard into the church from the car, we found the church had available a lovely digital piano that Heather much preferred to use. Thankfully, our porter's trolley made the keyboard's return journey to the car manageable.

Heather's New Toy

The church itself is as modern inside as it promises to be from its exterior design. Not only that but the high ceiling and spacious interior design meant the acoustics were really good. This made the whole concert such a joy to sing in and encouraged the choir to give one of its best performances in recent years.

Wonderful Acoustics

In the three years since our last visit we had worked hard on bringing a lot of new songs into our repertoire. Of the 18 songs in the programme, only four had featured in the previous concert. Brian Cropley sang 'Bring Him Home' from Les Miserables as the voice solo in the first half.

Brian's Solo

The first half of the concert was:

Gwahoddiad
Speed Your Journey
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Bring Him Home (Brian's solo)
What Would I Do Without My Music
Halleluyah
Going Home
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
A Roving

After a short interval, we headed into a second half really enthused by how well the first half had gone. The second half programme was:

Somebody's Calling My Name
Highland Cathedral
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Blue Moon
When The Saints
Rhythm Of Life
You Raised Me Up
The Dambusters' March

The second half went even better than the first half with really enthusiastic applause as we finished the concert with a rousing edition of the Dambuster's March. Having recently done a concert for the North Hykeham Blind Club and taken part in the official opening of the nearby Bomber Command Memorial, we felt on this occasion that we were really on a roll. Our next gig, as Crauford likes to call them, will be the farewell concert for the Mayor of Lincoln in the Guildhall. Roll on 8 May.



RAFA Wings Appeal Concert
9 June 2018
North Hykeham Methodist Church

We returned to the lovely, cosy Methodist Church in North Hykeham for the Wings Appeal concert that had to be postponed from last March because of the severe snowy conditions at the time.

North Hykeham Methodist Church

Heather, our regular accompanist was away at another event, so we were delighted once again to have Anne Osborne with us.

Anne Ready for the Off

We do enjoy coming to this venue, not least because we are guaranteed to have plenty of room to spread out unlike some venues where we are squashed into limited space like sardines.

Choir Sitting Comfortably

Crauford likes to entertain the audience in between songs, partly to give the choir a rest, but mainly because he has a wonderful store of amusing anecdotes, only some of which we have heard before.

Crauford mid-Anecdote

We sang the same concert programme that we had used at the Waddington and Mayor's Farewell concerts with the only differences being that Steve sang the solo in the first half, and after the concert proper we invited the audience to join us in singing the 'Airman's Hymn.

Steve's Solo

The first half of the concert was:

Gwahoddiad
Speed Your Journey
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
The Lost Chord (Steve's solo)
What Would I Do Without My Music
Halleluyah
Going Home
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
A Roving

After a short interval, we headed into a second half really enthused by how well the first half had gone. The second half programme was:

Somebody's Calling My Name
Highland Cathedral
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Blue Moon
When The Saints
Rhythm Of Life
You Raised Me Up
The Dambusters' March
The Airman's Hymn (together with the audience)

This was another very successful concert that raised a substantial sum for the RAFA Wings Appeal. We are booked again to repeat the concert next year on 6 April. This may well be the last time we do this concert because the RAFA branch is struggling to find volunteers to run its events. However, next year they are celebrating their 75th anniversary, so we will ensure their farewell concert will be a grand occasion.



End-of-Season Concert
St Georges Church, Swallowbeck
30 June 2018

Many years have passed since the choir last sang in this very modern church located in the leafy suburbs of Lincoln. It proved acoustically as well to be a delightful concert venue.

St Georges Church

What was also welcome to see was the large and very appreciative audience who enjoyed our programme of music. Also delighted was Heather, who for once had a beautiful grand piano to play.

Heather in Her Element

Our programme of music was the well tried and tested programme we had used for the last three concerts, albeit to very different audiences each time. The choir soon got into their stride enjoying a very light, airy and roomy area in which to sing and acoustics that really did enhance the enjoyment of the music for both choir and audience.

In Full Song

In the first half, instead of the usual voice solo, Brian and Steve chose to offer a duet for two tenors of the beautiful Panis Angelicus.

Steve and Brian

There was in fact one addition to the well-tried programme. We had to learn a different version of Lincolnshire Poacher for the Bomber Command Memorial event earlier in the year. As we had bought and paid for the sheet music and its attendant copyright, Crauford decided that we might as well use it. We successfully gave it its first outing at this concert.

The first half of the concert was:

Gwahoddiad
Speed Your Journey
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Panis Angelicus (Steve and Brian's duet)
What Would I Do Without My Music
Halleluyah
Going Home
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
A Roving

After a short interval, we headed into a second half really enthused by how well the first half had gone. The second half programme was:

Somebody's Calling My Name
Highland Cathedral
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Blue Moon
When The Saints
Rhythm Of Life
You Raised Me Up
The Lincolnshire Poacher
The Dambusters' March

We had come to this venue for our annual concert as we felt that we wanted to change from All Saints in Monks Road where we had been for the past several years. What an excellent choice it was. The church members were very welcoming and helpful and the church provided the hot drinks to go along with the light buffet that choir members had provided.

This has proved to be our final concert of the season because the organisers of the planned concert in Tattershall the following week cancelled the event because of illness to key organisers. We therefore wish all our website readers a very enjoyable summer. We have our annual dinner on 10 July and then we will be back at the end of August to start the new season.



Hartsholme House Concert 6 October 2018

For several years now we have been giving a short concert to the residents of the care home at Hartholme House, set in the leafy suburbs of Lincoln just off the Skellingthorpe Road.

Hartsholme House

There is not a great deal of room to squeeze us all in to the end of their lounge. We have to arrange ourselves in a slightly different way such that we all experienced some rather unusual acoustics for each individual. Although the setting is rather more up close and personal than we are used to, nevertheless the residents always enjoy the music we bring them and this concert was no exception.

To be fair to our audience, we start now mid-afternoon rather than early evening and we sing just one 'set' for about 45 minutes. The programme this time was:

Gwahoddiad
Speed Your Journey
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
What Would I Do Without My Music
Halleluyah
The Lincolnshire Poacher
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
A Roving
Rhythm Of Life
You Raised Me Up
The Dambusters' March

As in previous visits, it was a real joy to see how the residents responded to the sound of music. Indeed, we knew from past experience that, as soon as some of them recognised the song we were singing, they would join in, too!! This was one of those concerts where we knew it would be a success before we had sung a single note.



All Saints Church Eagle Concert 19 October 2018

Several years have passed since we last gave a concert in this lovely rural village church. Being the local for Henry, we were assured of a good, enthusiastic audience and a very warm welcome.

All Saints Church, Eagle

Unlike in some of the care homes we visit, the choir had plenty of space to spread out in and were clearly in very good spirits as they waited for the off.

Left-hand Half of the Choir

Right-hand Half of the Choir

Brian sang the voice solo in the first half, surrounded by all the artefacts of the harvest festival, or was it the preparations for Halloween?

Brian's Solo

The full programme was:

Gwahoddiad
Speed Your Journey
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Bright Eyes(Brian's solo)
What Would I Do Without My Music
Halleluyah
Going Home
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
A Roving

Interval

Somebody's Calling My Name
Highland Cathedral
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Blue Moon
When The Saints
Rhythm Of Life
You Raised Me Up
The Dambusters' March

This was a really enjoyable concert and, because we had not been here for so long, we knew we were bringing new music throughout to this very appreciative audience.



Poppy Appeal Concert 10 November 2018

2018 marked the ninth year that we have returned to the intimate and homely Methodist Church in North Hykeham for our annual concert in support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. This year's concert was especially poignant as we joined the rest of the country in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.

North Hykeham Methodist Church

Every year this concert has been a sell-out and this year was no exception providing us with perhaps our largest and most appreciative audience of the whole concert year. We were particularly pleased to have such a full audience because in the All Saints Church about 100 yards away across the road, they were holding an evening of poetry and songs commemorating soldiers from the Lincolnshire Regiment who had fought in WW1.

Once again we were delighted to have in the audience Nick Fairfax, the Community Fundraiser for the whole county of Lincolnshire. Throughout the 4 weeks of Remembrancetide, Nick has the huge task of co-ordinating the activities, the demands, the cries for help and the need for support of well over 100 Poppy Appeal Organisers. We felt really encouraged by his presence.

Nick Fairfax

Steve had organised the concert with the help of many others both in the choir and in the local Royal British Legion community. For example, Henry produced beautiful flyers, tickets and concert programmes all with the Poppy Appeal logo. Several members provided either raffle prizes and/or plates of foods for the buffet. Julian provided the solo in the first half and Heather not only accompanied us with her usual skills, but also played the cornet during the Act of Remembrance.

Poised for the Off

The choir enjoy singing at this venue because there is plenty of lateral space that allows us to be seated in three rows with sufficient elbow room to avoid any sense of being crowded together. Not only that but we now do concerts in a much neater and logical spacing of voice groupings that not only help us hear each other better, but also look more professional and ordered to those in the audience.


Neat and Professional

Julian chose for his solo two songs melded into one: Perfect by Ed Sheran and All of Me by John Legend. These he sang in his usual sensitive and powerful style which gave great meaning and atmosphere to both songs.

Julian's Solo

Crauford had chosen a programme of varied music that contained some old favourites and one or two new pieces, at least new for this concert venue. The first half of the concert was:

Gwahoddiad
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Softly As I Leave You
Going Home
Julian's Solo (Perfect by Ed Sheran and All of Me by John Legend)
A Roving
The Dambusters' March

After a short interval, we headed into a second half that was slightly shorter than the first half to allow time for the Act of Remembrance and the community singing at the end. The second half programme was:

Highland Cathedral
Lincolnshire Poacher
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
You Raise Me Up
Sailing
Airmen's Hymn
In Flanders Fields

Steve then introduced the Act of Remembrance. We were very privileged again this year to have Mrs Sheila Wood to give the Exhortation. Sheila has now become one of the longest serving Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal supporters in the whole country having given many decades of dedicated service in a wide variety of roles. The badges she proudly wears are unique in their number and record of achievement.

Mrs Sheila Wood

After Heather had played the Last Post, Sheila gave the Exhortation which was followed by a 2-minute silence. Heather then played Reveille and Nick Fairfax gave the Dedication at the end of the ceremony.

The Last Post

The evening finished in traditional style with the whole audience joining the choir in community singing of favourite songs from WW1 and WW2. Before everyone retired to the main hall for a delicious buffet supper, Steve announced that the evening had once again raised just over 500 for the Poppy Appeal.

Despite the choir changing its programme of concerts in 2019 to just two or three major concerts in large venues, there is a sense of obligation and collective need to continue to support the Poppy Appeal. The choir is booked to give the concert again next year on 9 November.

Choir Concert
Tennyson Wharf Care Home
Burton Waters
24 November 2018

We were delighted to return once again to the Burton Waters facility. The visit was just too early to enable us to sing carols, so we entertained the residents with a 45-minute programme of bright and cheerful songs.

Tennyson Wharf Care Home

The full programme was:

Gwahoddiad
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Softly As I Leave You
Going Home
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
A Roving
The Dambusters' March
Highland Cathedral
Lincolnshire Poacher
Sailing
Oh When the Saints
You Raise Me Up

Once again we could tell from the audience's reaction how much the residents enjoyed hearing and being stimulated by songs that they know and love.



Bunkers Hill Care Home Concert, 14 December 2018

We returned once again to the very modern Bunkers Hill Care Home to give the residents a taste of Christmas.

Bunkers Hill Care Home

Heather was otherwise engaged and could not accompany us, so Alex Wacarba-Wood, a very talented musician (and Music Director of the Skellingthorpe Village Choir) tickled the ivories for us instead and what a wonderful job he made of it despite having had very little exposure to our music and singing style.

Alex Ready for the Off

This is a busy and full care home. We were delighted to have such a large an appreciative audience who showed their enthusiasm after each song.

A Full Audience

The choir had a variety of different chairs to sit on, all of which were very comfortable and encouraged the occupant to enjoy a short snooze, not that Crauford gave us any chance to indulge.

40 Winks Anyone?

As usual at these venues we sang just one 45-minute set and this time we did a mixture of choir songs and carols. The full concert was:

Gwahoddiad
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Mary Had a Baby
Kwmbayah (Christmas Words)
A Roving
Gaudete
Away in a Manger
Highland Cathedral
You Raise Me Up
Silent Night
Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head
O, Come All Ye Faithfull
Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Once again we came away satisfied that we had brought music and social stimulation to folks who benefitted greatly from our presence. It was a job well done.



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