Glorious Gloria – Our Christmas Concert 2023 Review

Accompanied by Westminster Chamber Orchestra Quartet

For this year’s Christmas concert, with some trepidation, we approached a classical piece – Vivaldi’s Gloria. Beautiful of course – could we do it justice?

Julie Aherne organised a professional string quartet from the Westminster Chamber Orchestra, so we needed to do a good job.  And we did!  It formed the first half of our concert and was very much enjoyed by our audience with the strings giving a full and rounded finish. We were also treated to some beautiful solos from our fantastic brave and talented choir members: Sue Campbell, Chris Chapman and Jean Anderson. Also a moving solo by our professional accompanist Camilla Jeppeson  is an outstanding professional singer.

We broke for refreshments and the raffle with some amazing hampers of goodies to be won. The second half was more light-hearted with contemporary festive songs and carols. Also an original solo by Debbie Jary ‘Yule’, a lilting lullaby ‘Bayushki Bayu’ sung by Paula Arnold, and a poem ‘Christmas Thank You’s’ ‘ Mick Gowar read by Pamela Rickard.

Our programme of songs, which were accompanied as much as possible by the strings, included ‘The Snow’, ‘White Christmas’, ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’ , ‘Little Saint Nick’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’, these together with several carols completed the afternoon which was thoroughly enjoyed by both audience and performers. The additional instruments gave a lift to many of the songs particularly ‘The Snow’ which was very beautiful.