Sunday, 10 July 2011
Backs Against the Wall
Thoughts by Tina
What a lovely setting for a great evening of music and voice with our backs to the wall of the ‘Rural Life Barn’!We were blessed with a dry, fine evening, and when the weather changed its mind, it didn’t matter, as by then we were all nicely under the cover of the magnificent Rural Life Barn’s roof!
Armed with our music and extra seats, it was such a pleasure to turn up at this venue, to see so many people, some familiar, arriving at the same time , all looking forward to what turned out to be a most entertaining, fun and simply enjoyable evening.Tony Bevan gave us our notes - just like that! - then off we started with ‘Fair Phyllis’ and my goodness, we know her so well!! Followed by pretty love songs and songs that featured, gardens, trees, a cuckoo and a dog called Bingo! We so had fun singing them. During the first half outside, Ann Parsons delighted us all singing ‘The Oak and the Ash’ so beautifully . In the second part and after refreshments, Wendy Howiantz and Tina Della Valle( that’s me!) sang ‘Scarborough Fair’ within the acoustics of the dimly lit barn. Thank goodness for our special little lights! Thanks, too, Wendy, I hope you enjoyed our duet - I did!
We shared the evening with folk group ‘Rough Round the Edges’ who played and sang brilliantly with lots of ‘toe tapping’ music. Towards the end of their stint, a medley of ‘Hornpipe’ music was played, with the audience- and us- clapping to the tunes . Great fun.Cantilena rounded the programme off with Gibbons' "The Silver Swan" followed by Sullivan's "The Long Day Closes".
We had lots of very good feedback and all before going home too, so thank you everyone for your welcome support. Thank you, too, Tony and all my fellow singing friends. Hope to see you at our next concert and of course if you like singing, you may want to come and join us! Singing is good for the soul, you know and I love to sing!