Well, what a turnout on Sunday 9th June and we easily filled every chair in our Village Hall. ‘Lyrical Voices’
the Papworth and Elsworth WI Choir hosted a musical afternoon at the hall raising money for The Royal Papworth Hospital and the local Day Centre. They started with their rendition of ‘Be Our Guest’ introduced by our very supportive compare Bert Bartlett who’s french incidently is second to none!
Rachel on the Flute then played two very moving pieces ‘Chanson de Matin and Jesu Joy of Mans Desires. This was followed by
‘Silver Lining’ playing four songs on the keyboard and guitar. The Papworth Handbells were next on with ‘Carousel’, Polaris and Teddy Bears Picnic.
We then enjoyed a 30 minute break while tea and delicious cake was served up by some of our very own WI ladies.
‘Sing Papworth’ started our second half with ‘Londonderry Air’, ‘Lowlands’- a traditional english shanty and ‘Chatanooga Choo-Choo’ a really great performance. Next on, singer Lucy with Sam Fallon on Guitar with their own version of ‘Toxic’, Layla, and Landslide, well done to this very young brother and sister duo. Debs and Gerry our Saxophonists played soothing melodic music such as ‘Moon River’, ‘Autumn Leaves’, ‘As Time Goes By’ and more.
‘Lyrical Voices’ sang once again and finished with ‘World in Union’ when all the performers and audience were invited to join in. This was a fitting end to a very communal afternoon. Thanks were said to all performers, our compare, tea ladies and everyone who supported these good causes. Finally and not the least, to our wonderful musicians Jan and Penny for putting up with us all while we try to learn our words and music.
On Sunday March 17th the Choir were pleased to visit Ferrars Hall Care Home in Huntingdon to sing to the residents. The care home has special significance to the Choir as one of the residents was until very recently a member of the Papworth and Elsworth WI. It was a lovely sunny afternoon and the Choir looked really cheerful in their cerice coloured blouses.
The residents joined in to well known songs such as ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square’ and ‘The Lambeth Walk.
The Choir also entertained them to songs as ‘Be my Guest’, ‘Hine Ma Tov’, ‘Fly me to the Moon’. All in all a very pleasant time and before leaving we were able to sit and chat to the residents.
A Happy New Year is wished to all our supporters who are so willing to step forward and assist the Choir during the year, This year Lyrical Voices are planning an afternoon of Music and Song to be held at the Papworth Village Hall in June. This will be an opportunity for friends and family along with local villagers to come along and enjoy this musical enterprise with refreshment and a raffle to complete what should be, a very relaxing and enjoyable afternoon. Information and details of this event will be announced later.
The Choir are also singing at a local care home in the Spring and arrangements are going ahead with this. We would like to extend a warm welcome to any like minded persons who feel they would enjoy singing with the Choir. We are a very friendly group and have a lot of fun and laughter during our singing sessions. There is no need to have sung before or to read music and you do not have to be a WI member so just come along to the Studio on the lst, 2nd or 4th Wednesday of the month at 7.15pm and join the girls.
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.
On Sunday 1st July, St Peter’s Church, Papworth held their bi annual Flower Festival and Lyrical Voices were invited to sing at a small concert during the afternoon. The weather was fantastic and friends and family turned out to look at the spended flower arrangements to the theme of ‘Hats’ and what a show they put on. The choir then sang to their audience some lovely songs as ‘The Rose’, ‘ Hallelujah’, ‘Fly me to the Moon’ and more. All this was followed by refreshments out in the very pleasant July sunshine, an altogether delightful day.
Also during July the Choir was presented with a cheque from our own WI. As we are self funding we do have to raise monies ourselves and this will help to pay our entrance monies when we sing at differant functions, so a big thank you on behalf of the members.
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