As expected, and despite typical Winter weather, there was a capacity audience in Paul Church on Friday evening, December 20th for the annual Christmas Concert. It is always a joy to sing to a full house even if there were no seats for some of the choir members in their rest periods. It was a special joy when a packed house stood to sing 'Hark The Glad Sound' to Thomas Merritt's great Cornish tune, much more thrilling than the sombre tune used up country.
The choir was in great form right from the moment they processed into the building singing the six part harmony of 'Come And Hear The News' to the closing moments when they sang the deeply moving, 'O Holy Night' with choir member, Charles Parke, singing the solo parts in his lovely tenor voice.
The concert was enhanced by Annette Turton' skilful and sympathetic accompaniment and John Harry provided some extra support when Organ power was needed. The choir, and the audience, should be grateful that Musical Director, Stephen Lawry, has brought the ensemble to such a high standard of performance and there was nothing but praise as the throng left the building.
The audience was charmed also by the exquisite singing of the guest artiste, Nancy May, an eighteen year old Soprano from the Roseland Peninsula. Imposing for her high stature and good looks alone, she is blessed with a golden voice which she uses with crystal clear diction that has earned her many awards in competitions.
A fitting conclusion to a very successful singing year that has done much to enhance the choir's standing at home and abroad.