For the forth year running the Choir have sung at Ely Cathedral for their annual Charity Carol Service with proceeds to Royal Papworth Hospital. Our song this year was a traditional German Carol ‘In Winter’ by Victor C Johnson, a very pretty Carol and one we all enjoyed singing. We would like to thank Thania, a good friend of our musical director Jan, who kindly conducted the choir in Jan’s absence, also Penny our pianist. The Choir arrived early to enjoy a light lunch in the Almonry Tea Room before heading up to the Lady Chapel for a quick rehearsal. After the Service mince pies and mulled wine were served to the congregation by some of our choir members.
On Saturday 22nd of December we sang at Elsworth Trinity Church Carol Service. Our choice of songs were ‘In Winter’ by Victor C Johnson, ‘Somewhere in My Memory’ by Leslie Bricusse and John Williams, ‘Starlight’ by Giles Swayne and we finished with a lighthearted rendition of ‘Rudolph The Red=Nosed Reindeer’. Once again the Mulled Wine and Mince Pies were served and a very social time was enjoyed by all.
In December, W.I. members tucked in to Christmas fare at the lunch at Slepe Hall, St Ives, held at the beginning of the month with more laughter and fun at our Christmas social where again we enjoyed some delicious fare.
Part of the fun was taking part in two quizzes. Each table formed a team and we were named after 6 of the reindeer. Donner and Blitzen were the winners and the prizes were chocolate decorations. The beautiful table decorations made by Lynne , a committee member and these were prizes in one of the raffles. Mother Christmas distributed the Secret Santa presents and the Lyrical Voices Choir sang festive songs before we ended the evening with everybody joining in our favourite carols. Our thanks to the committee for organising the evening so well.
The Lyrical Voices Choir from the Papworth Everard and Elsworth W.I.s had the privilege once more of singing in the Royal Papworth Hospital Charity Christmas Concert held at the beautiful Ely Cathedral, singing in front of the cathedral’s breathtaking Christmas tree. Feedback was that it was our best performance yet and we thank our Choir Director, Jan Fletcher for preparing us so well and her friend Thania who was the stand-in conductor on the day as Jan was not able to attend and also Penny Hardy our accompanist.
The choir were also made very welcome at the Elsworth Parish Church Carol Service on Saturday 22nd December where they sang three pieces from the Christmas repertoire: “In Winter,” “Somewhere in my Memory” and “Starlight”as a “musical interlude” between the more traditional carols then raising a smile at the end by singing “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” before refreshments were served.
In the New Year many of the W.I. members are looking forward to a theatre trip to Cambridge to see “My Fair Lady” and also our January meeting when the speaker will be Sallie Crawley who will talk on Reducing Stress and Anxiety and guided relaxation.