Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston.
The Wistaston Singers performed a fund-raising concert on the evening of Thursday 16th April 2015 at St Mark’s Church in Shavington. Phil Houghton was the Musical Director and also introduced each song and soloist. The programme included soloists Chris White (ukulele), Phil Houghton (church organ) and Ann Farrington (piano). Ann was also the accompanist for the evening.
The choir sang Get Me to the Church on Time (Lerner & Loewe), Goodbye, Dolly Gray (Barnes), Phantom of the Opera - Music of the Night (Lloyd Webber), Keep the Home Fires Burning (Novello), One Voice (Manilow), All in the April evening (Roberton), Queen compilation (Brymor), Pack Up Your Troubles (Powell), My Fair Lady compilation (Lerner & Loewe), Can You Feel the Love Tonight (John), If You Were the Only Girl, In the World (Ayer), Love Changes Everything (Lloyd-Webber) and A Clare Benediction (Rutter). Fifty people were in the audience. Refreshments were served during the interval. The £346 raised at the concert will go to St Luke's Cheshire Hospice (Shavington Support Group).
Musical Director Phil Houghton said, “We were delighted to sing at St Mark’s Church and thank them for their hospitality. The choir introduced some of their new material for this year’s season. It was an evening that was enjoyed by all and we thank everyone for their support.”
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