Social Lites choir were honoured to be asked to sing at The Cheshire Emergency Services Christmas Concert at Chester Cathedral on the 6th December.
When we arrived and walked into the beautiful cathedral a few of us looked around and began to realise the enormity of what we were about to do. On looking at the Programme we also learnt what esteemed company we were in, the Choir to sing before us were the Cheshire Fire Brigade Choir, 2013 Finalists in Gareth Malone’s Workplace Choirs and the School Choir had sung at The Queens 90th Birthday Party earlier in the year, no pressure then.
Our nerves we not quelled by the 20’ screen which, as all activity on the stage was being filmed, ensured that everyone in the packed Cathedral got to see ‘close ups’ of each of us. Ah well, we shrugged, we are here now, let us just try and sing our hearts out, provided of course we could make it to our turn, it was incredibly cold where we were sat! Our President Caroline Myers had come along to support us and I for one was happy to see her face urging us on as we looked out at the vast audience, we had chosen to sing The Coventry Carol, Sleigh Ride and The Rose and by all accounts we didn’t do a bad job, we received a couple of lovely emails from some Cheshire Federation hierarchy that had attended. It was a sheer privilege to be asked to sing at such an awe inspiring venue and particularly at Christmas during the time of its Christmas Tree Festival and for such an esteemed event.
Special thanks go to Tom our Choir Director for getting us ‘fit for purpose’ and Louise who organised drinks and nibbles for the coach journey. The following week saw us at Manchester Cathedral for the Carols by Candlelight, Henshaws Christmas Concert, another lovely venue and again a great cause raising much needed funds for Henshaws Society for the Blind who are a brilliant charity that support people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to go beyond expectations. It was very humbling to watch a performance by some vision impaired young children and to witness the work by staff at Henshaws to enable them to do this. There were also performances from Sale Salvation Army Brass Band, Chethams School of Music 6th Form Choir amongst others and a talk by gold medal Paralympian Hannah Russell. This Concert being somewhat nearer our home patch meant that a lot of the choir had family and friends in the audience too and members of our Social Lites WI, we thank them for their support.
What a month for the Choir, well done all!