Last Saturday we shared a concert with the BlueBelles in St John’s Church, Pewsey. There was a buzz of excitement about this event, as this was the first proper concert for a lot of our newer members, and the church is a beautiful space to sing in. We were in our usual choir ‘uniform’ of black dresses with a pink flower brooches which always looks smart for an evening event.
The Pewsey Belles’ first set was at the end of the first half, so we had an opportunity to listen to the BlueBelles sing their first set of five songs, including Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay and Mister Sandman, followed by a solo from Jill, one of our altos, and we were also treated to an accomplished performance of Festival Toccata by Fletcher on the organ from Jules, our choirmaster. This was complete with different stops and pedals for a warm sound to fill the whole church, before it was our turn to perform.
We started off with one of our favourites, Sway, which got us all smiling and relaxed, and, like the title, swaying. This was followed by by Heaven Help Us All and the beautiful May It Be from Lord of the Rings, and our first set finished with the frenetic and delightful Rhythm of Life, to huge applause from the audience.
The interval was a chance to chat with the BlueBelles about their wonderful A-capella Octet of beautifully blended voices, mingle with the audience and to have a glass of wine, but not too much, as soon we were back onstage to start the second half. Hallelujah Get Happy is a fun mix of gospel and old Hollywood classic with a solo sung beautifully by Sally. Let me Go by Gary Barlow, and arranged by our own Jules, was an excellent contrast to the ever popular Bridge Over Troubled Water before we ended our evening’s singing with This Little Light of Mine, which always brings a huge smile to all.
Once finished, we were able to enjoy the rest of the evening including a beautiful soprano solo from Shelly of I Could Have Danced All Night, and a trio, before the BlueBelles did their final set, including the lilting and gentle version of Sailing and Lollipop, including finger popping, the perfect end to the evening.
We had so many compliments afterwards about our sound, our energy and our ever improving choir, largely due to us continuing to sing in concerts without the music, and our choirmaster seemed delighted with us, that we really felt the whole evening was a resounding success