Our concert at Broad Oak Chapel, near Sturry, Canterbury, on Saturday 30th October was a real success. Unusually, because of the small size of the chapel, choir numbers had to be limited and we managed to squeeze just 21 singers into the building.
Normally at the interval, or when a soloist takes the spotlight, the choir remove to another area. As there was no space, we had the luxury of chairs behind every singer this time.
The hospitality given to the choir was superb, as was the reception to our performance.
Soloist Martin Kelly made his debut – and what a debut it was! He received tremendous applause from both the audience and his fellow choir members. Likewise Nigel Adams performed excellently, with songs very appropriate for the occasion. And accompanist Gerard Ahern managed all on his own, without our other accompanist turning the music pages!
After the event, cooling off outside under the stars, we were approached by a gentleman from the audience. He confided that sadly his wife’s father had passed away in February this year. It happened so suddenly that his wife was in shock, and hadn’t shed a single tear. But she was so moved by our performance of ‘Amazing Grace’ that she cried. For the right reasons, he assured us. Just a single effect like that provides us with a lot of pleasure, and justifies the hard work everyone puts into learning and performing the pieces.