Farnham Voices Together Community Choir gave its Christmas concert under musical director Valerie Hoppé at St Andrew’s Church in Farnham on December 14.
The choristers were delighted to welcome a capacity audience on a distinctly chilly evening, and their wide variety of sacred and secular Christmas songs included both new and well-known offerings.
It finished with a romp through the Twelve Days of Christmas in which arranger Craig Courtney set each verse to a different musical genre. Wagnerian maids-a-milking anyone?
The audience had the opportunity to join in carols and the Hallelujah Chorus, and also enjoyed readings – Luke’s account of the shepherds at Bethlehem complementing the first half, and helpful seasonal health and safety advice to accompany Jingle Bells in the second. Alan Whiting also provided two solos, temporarily stepping away from his usual role as accompanist.
The retiring collection for the Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance raised £765 and audience members were wished a final Merry Christmas along with a mince pie as they left.
The choir’s summer concert will include songs from Guys and Dolls as well as a selection of other pieces. New members are always welcome, with no auditions or need to read music. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings, starting on January 11 – visit www.farnhamvoicestogether.uk for further details. You are assured of a warm welcome.