Last Saturday the Gathered Voices Choir performed at the annual ‘Carols by Candlelight’ event at the Winter Gardens to a delighted audience of hundreds.
Earlier in the year, the Gathered Voices choir was instrumental in an unusual concert performance in front of no paying audience at all.
They were one of five local choirs who got together on stage at The Platform for a sing-a-long to invited guests at ‘The Big Sing’.
Under the direction of Jeff Borradaile, musical director of Gathered Voices, the choirs sang and enjoyed each other’s music and company at the event in October, with each choir singing for around 12 minutes.
The evening opened with Jeff’s Gathered Voices, formerly the Galloway’s Community Choir. Jeff is a renowned choirmaster who was MD for the Commonwealth Games Children’s Choir, Manchester Youth Soul Choir and for the opening of The Lowry and Manchester Imperial War Museum.
Next were the Lancaster Singers, who sing non-religious, non-traditional modern music and are growing in number.
With Amanda Elseworth-Ross as their musical director, those in attendance were soon humming along to Molly Malone.
Next to perform was The Millennium Choir, who brought laughs from the audience with their song ‘Having A Baby In the Back of the Car’ written and composed by their MD, Andy Whitfield.
The U3A Choir, under the direction of Fredrik Holm, sang next with three songs from their varied repertoire.
Their third offering, ‘I Dreamed of Rain’ from Canada, was especially poignant.
Another new choir to the area, and composed of volunteers and workers from our hospice, the St. John’s Hospice Singers were the final group to perform.
Under the direction of Joanna Jeffries, they were the second choir of the evening to perform the Morecambe and Wise theme song ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ which, naturally, brought smiles each time. Everyone sang along.
Jeff then directed all choirs in singing together the previously rehearsed ‘Love Is The Sweetest Thing’ and a happy spiritual song with actions to end an enjoyable evening of song.
Two other choirs, Morecambe Bay Singers and Ladies of Note were unable to participate.
It is hoped they will perform next October when The Platform will again play host to ‘The Big Sing’.