Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston
The Wistaston Singers performed a fund-raising concert on the evening of Saturday 26th September 2015 at the Parish Church of St Andrew on Bedford Street in Crewe.
Phil Houghton was the Musical Director and also introduced each song and soloist. The programme included soloists Fred Allman, Chris White (ukulele), Phil Houghton (church organ), Ann Farrington (piano) and Jane Hale (flute). Fred Allman, Linda Walker and Liz Wood were involved in various duets.
The choir sang Sound ye Trumpets (Clarke), Get Me to the Church on Time (Lerner & Loewe), My Fair Lady compilation (Lerner & Loewe), Can You Feel the Love Tonight (John), Flying Free (Besig), Deep Harmony (Parker), You’ll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers), tribute to Queen compilation (Brymer), South Pacific compilation (Rodgers & Hammerstein), Love Changes Everything (Lloyd Webber) and A Clare Benediction (Rutter).
The audience were invited to participate in If You Were the Only Girl In the World (Ayer), Singin' in the Rain (Freed), You Made Me Love You (Monaco), Jerusalem (Parry) and Cwm Rhondda (Hughes).
Refreshments were served during the interval. The £185 raised at the concert will go to the Church restoration fund.
Musical Director Phil Houghton said, “We were delighted to sing at St Andrew’s Church and thank them for their hospitality. It was an evening that was enjoyed by all and we thank everyone for their support.”
The Wistaston Singers remaining concerts this year are at Port Sunlight on Saturday 7th November and a Christmas Concert at St Stephens Church, Gainsborough Road in Crewe on Saturday 12th December (3pm).
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