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Monday, 14 December 2015

Christmas Carol concert in Crewe.

Reporter  Jonathan White, Wistaston
 
The Wistaston Singers performed at a Christmas Carol concert on the afternoon of Saturday 12th December 2015 at St Stephen’s Methodist Church on Gainsborough Road in Crewe.
 
Phil Houghton was the Musical Director and organist and also introduced each carol and soloist. Jane Hale was the accompanist.
 
There were readings by Jill Oakes (Micah 2, 4, 5), Peter Manning (St Luke 2 V 1-7), Jackie Stubbs (St Luke 2 V 8-16), Ann Handley (St Matthew 2 V 1-12) and John Saunders (St John 1 V 1-14).
 
The soloists were Chris White who sang ‘Where Did My Snowman Go?’ whilst playing the ukulele and dressed as a snowman! Chris also combined with Fred Allman to sing a hilarious ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. Liz Wood sang a haunting ‘Walking in the Air’.
 
Carols sang by the choir and congregation included ‘Once in Royal David's City’, ‘A Great and Mighty Wonder’, ‘While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks’, ‘The First Noel’, ‘See, Amid the Winter's Snow’, ‘O Little One Sweet’, ‘It Came Upon the Midnight Clear’, ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘Torches’, ‘Good King Wenceslas’, ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’, ‘O Holy Night’, ‘O Come, All ye Faithful’. The finale was a rousing ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’.
 
Refreshments were served during the interval.
 
Proceeds will go to St Stephen’s Methodist Church.
 
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. 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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