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Monday, 18 March 2013

The Wistaston Singers

Jonathan White (on behalf of Phil Houghton).

Wistaston Singers (Sat 16-3-13)

Over seventy people watched The Wistaston Singers choir perform a concert at St. Mary's Church, Church Lane in Wistaston on the evening of Saturday 16th March 2013. Phil Houghton was the Musical Director and also introduced each song and soloist. The programme included soloists Sally Thompson (violin), Christopher White (ukulele) and Phil Houghton himself on the organ. Jane Hale was also the accompanist for the evening. The choir sang Sing a Song of Sixpence (Diack), Someone to Watch over Me (Gershwin), Les Misérables (Schonberg), Some Enchanted Evening (Rodgers), You'll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers and Hammerstein), The Music of the Night (Lloyd Webber), Ave Verum (Mozart), Phantom of the Opera (Lloyd Webber), Stranger in Paradise (Wright and Forrest), All I Ask of You (Lloyd Webber) and A Clare Benediction (Rutter). The audience was invited to join in for the finale which was Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (Hughes). Refreshments were served during the interval. Proceeds will go to St. Mary's Church funds.

Musical Director Phil Houghton said, “We were delighted to sing at St. Mary's Church as a way of thanking them for their hospitality when we had to move our rehearsal venue from Nantwich for ten weeks last year. It was an evening that was enjoyed by all and a great start to this year’s series of concerts by the choir, which will include an away day and concert in Bakewell in Derbyshire on 11th May.”

The Wistaston Singers were originally formed by members of the choir at St Mary's Parish Church, Wistaston in May 2000 and now number over forty members singing four-part harmony music. The choir perform a variety and eclectic choice of music ranging from choral church music and anthems, Gilbert and Sullivan items, music from the shows, music from modern composers such as John Rutter encompassing from the 15th century to the 20th century. They perform up to five concerts a year at various venues in south Cheshire and one concert out of area as an ‘Away day experience’. The choir is also available to perform at weddings in the area. The choir rehearse weekly in the parish rooms of St Mary's Church, Nantwich on a Wednesday evening from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. New members are welcome and further details may be obtained from Choir Secretary Jill Oakes, Tel: 01270 662940 and email: jillandjohnoakes@uwclub.net

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