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Saturday, 28 June 2014

The Wistaston Singers

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

The Wistaston Singers took their talents on the road recently when they travelled to Elworth. They performed a fundraising concert in the evening of Saturday 21st June 2014 at St Peter’s Church Hall http://www.stpeters-elworth.org.uk/ .

Phil Houghton was the Musical Director and also introduced each song and soloist. Ann Farrington was the accompanist. The choir sang 42nd Street (Warren), a Phantom of the Opera medley (Lloyd Webber), All in the April Evening (Roberton), Can You Feel the Love Tonight (John), The heavens are telling (Haydn), One Voice (Manilow), Oliver (Bart) and Love Changes Everything (Lloyd Webber). There was a duet from Liz Wood and Linda Walker of I Know Him So Well (Andersson et al).

Chris White (ukulele), accompanied by Phil Houghton (piano), performed four songs that were all popular during World War I to mark the centenary of the war: Keep the Home Fires Burning (Novello), Goodbye Dolly Gray (Barnes), Pack Up Your Troubles (Powell) and If You Were the Only Girl In The World (Ayer). The audience were given the lyrics to the songs and were encouraged to join in for each chorus. Jay Robinson (guitar) performed solo with the choir for the first time and sang A Giver in Life, which he had written himself.

Refreshments were served during the interval.

Proceeds from the concert will go to Christian Aid http://www.christianaid.org.uk/ .

Musical Director Phil Houghton said, "The choir had a wonderful visit to Elworth and are most appreciative to the audience for coming to watch us perform at this charity concert."

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

Their next concert will be a ‘Strawberry and Cream Tea Concert’ at St Stephen’s Methodist Church, Gainsborough Road, Crewe on Saturday 12th July 2014 (3pm). Cream tea and strawberries during the interval. Parking available at Ruskin Road School. Tickets = £6. Proceeds in aid of Church and Choir funds.

The Wistaston Singers perform at St Peters Church Hall Elworth.JPG

The Wistaston Singers perform at St Peters Church Hall Elworth

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