Last night the Pewsey Belles sang carols for the members of the Devizes Bowls Club. The ladies of the Pewsey Belles are great at adapting to all types of situations and events, and this was no exception.
The evening started off with a choir warmup in the ladies changing room which is perhaps one of the more unusual places I have been with one of my choirs. Nevertheless it was a useful space for the purpose and gave me a chance to line up the ladies to make sure we looked tidy once on stage. Unfortunately the Choirmaster hadn’t quite worked out the concept of a mirror image and sent the choir on stage the wrong way round! This caused a little bit of chaos as everyone sorted themselves out. Nevertheless the audience were extremely welcoming and once we started singing the evening went very well.
Being so near to Christmas the choir wasn’t quite at full strength, but this didn’t detract from their performance. The Pewsey Belles sang a number of Christmas songs in harmony before inviting the audience to join them for a few traditional carols. Having then spotted a number of people in the audience wearing Christmas jumpers which featured Rudolph,we decided to get the audience singing along to Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer.
After half an hour of singing, the ladies were then shown to a table which was piled high with food and before long the mulled wine was flowing. Choirs are always happiest when they are being fed and watered, which probably explains why most of the choir events this month have included food and wine!
After a few glasses of mulled wine, the ladies returned to the stage for another half an hour of singing which was again well received. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed singing for the Devizes bowls club and we are hoping to be invited back again next year.
About the author: Jules Addison is Musical Director of the Pewsey Belles and likes to pretend this means he is in charge of 50 women….