“A pleasure to meet you and to sing with your fabulous choir ! Thanks for all your help and making me so welcome. Please pass on my good wishes and WELL DONE to the choir”.Melanie Marshall

Brilliant‘, ‘fantastic‘, ‘the best concert I’ve ever been to‘, ‘such an improvement‘. These are just a few of the comments heard as our audience departed on Saturday night. It was clear that people had thoroughly enjoyed their evening, and went out of their way to tell us.

The choice of music was almost guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, with the composer John Brunning in person introducing his Motets and Amazing Day in the first half, and John Rutter’s lively cycle of spirituals under the title “Feel the Spirit” which took the mood from a sombre “Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child” to the vibrant “When the Saints go Marching in” – in the delightful company of Melanie Marshall, who first performed Feel the Spirit with the composer John Rutter, in Carnegie Hall in June 2001.

The added bonus of Messrs Cromar and Druce duetting the Inspector Gadget theme 4-handed on one grand piano was the icing on the cake for audience and choir alike!

Melanie Forse (RLSBC Chairman) said: “Well done to everyone for raising your game and producing a great concert. You have all worked very hard over many weeks, and now is the time to take a break. Thank you all for the hard work putting the concert together, from front of house – publicity, tickets, programmes, raffle and bar, to the massive staging operation, and of course the preparation work in the background by committee and non- committee members. Please thank all your spouses and partners who give their time to help us as we couldn’t manage without them.”

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