Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston
The Wistaston Singers performed a Christmas Carol concert on the afternoon of Saturday 13th December 2014 at St Stephen’s Methodist Church on Gainsborough Road in Crewe.
Phil Houghton was the Musical Director and also introduced each song and soloist. Jane Hale was the accompanist.
There were readings by Jill Oakes (Micah 2, 4, 5), Brian Simpson (St Luke 2 V 1-7), Ann Farrington (St Luke 2 V 8-16), Ann Handley (St Matthew 2 V 1-12) and John Saunders (St John 1 V 1-14).
Soloists were Jay Robinson, Jane Hale, and Chris White who sang Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree whilst playing the ukulele and dressed as a Christmas tree! There was also an organ solo by Phil Houghton who played O Holy Night.
Carols sang were Once in Royal David's City, Away in a Manger, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, See Amid the Winter's Snow, O little one sweet, The Shepherds' Farewell, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Coventry Carol, Good King Wenceslas, Angels' Carol, O Come, All ye Faithful. The finale was Like a candle flame during which the lights were dimmed with the choir singing it whilst holding candles. 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:firstname.lastname@example.org