For the second year running the choir have sung again at the Ely Cathedral. We were very honoured to sing in such a beautiful Cathedral with the lighted Christmas Tree gloriously standing all of eighteen feet high. We sang a very pretty carol ‘Colours of Christmas’ words and music by John Rutter. After the service the choir proceeded to the front of the Cathedral to serve warmed mulled wine, coffee and tea and also a lovely mince pie to the congregation. A suprise was in store though, with the choir suddenly bursting into song with a rendition of ‘Mozarts Mince Pies’ and donning their red and white christmas chefs hats, a great time was had by all. After all the excitment, the choir enjoyed a really tasty and well presented Christmas Dinner in the Cathedral’s Almonry Restaurent.
Early in December 25 members enjoyed an especially pleasant Christmas lunch at The Dolphin Hotel in St Ives. Good food and good company, what more could we ask for.
The choir spent a pleasant afternoon entertaining the residents at the Bethany Frances Care Home in St Neots …………..
……….then, on the 17th, they were once again privileged to take part in the annual Papworth Hospital Carol concert in Ely Cathedral. Afterwards, as they served mince pies to members of the audience (many of whom complimented them on their singing) they got a bit carried away and burst into an impromptu rendering of a light-hearted Christmassy song ‘Mozart’s Mince Pies’ that they had rehearsed for another occasion. Great fun!
The monthly meeting was, as usual in December, given over to a social evening, so after a minimal amount of formal business we got down to the serious business of enjoying ourselves. There were plenty of refreshments as we were entertained by the Choir (including a reprise of ‘Mozart’s Mince Pies’ of course), a seasonal quiz, a bumper raffle and communal carols.
We are now looking ahead to 2017, thinking about what can be done to either inform and/or entertain us all and to stimulate interest as well. We currently have about 50 members of mixed ages and would love to attract more newcomers to come and give us a try. Perhaps we will be able to welcome you to one of our meetings one day soon?
We really want to play our part in helping develop a friendly community spirit in our growing village and send our good wishes for 2017 to everyone here.
On January 18th our past President Rosie Blencowe will be concluding her entertaining talk about Pauline, Napoleon’s infamous sister, which she started earlier in the year and left us wondering ‘whatever happened next’? Following the success of Rosie’s seasonal Gateaux des Roix last January, this year she is going to treat us to some of her delicious Pannetone.
Our February 15th meeting will feature a talk by author Guinevere Glasfurd whose first novel ‘The Words in my Hand’ is one of just eight novels that have been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2016. The winner is due to be announced on 3rd January 2017.
Members of the Choir donning their Chef’s hats in readiness for their hilarious ‘Mozart’s Mince Pie Song. This song added a little light heartedness and fun for our audience. We would like to thank Bethany Frances Care Home for welcoming us to sing to their clients and providing us with a festive sherry, or a nice cuppa.