Every seat was filled in St. Andrew’s church, Congresbury on the first Friday in April, for an upbeat evening of songs from musicals and films, which set the appreciative audience tapping their feet and humming along.
Elizabeth Glen and her three musical colleagues enthralled listeners with melodies, which brought back many memories for the older generation, like “Ain’t Misbehavin” and “Can’t help loving that Man”, while delighting the younger generation with tunes from Les Miserables and The Lion King.
Lucy Connelly’s solo of “It’s a Lovely day today” was a delight, and the pathos of “On my Own” from Les Miserables was beautifully rendered by Naomi Hickman.
Two young people gave mature solos and gained tumultuous applause. George Derry, whose confident stance and outstanding voice belied his 15 years, when he sang “Empty chairs at empty tables” and flaxen haired Lucy Taylor, a 16 year-old Churchill student with an angelic voice.
The 50 strong choir of Sing out Loud, directed by Elizabeth Glen, were enthusiastic, tuneful and full of vitality, presenting a range of items from the dreamy “Moon River” to the lively “Isn’t this a lovely day to be caught in the rain?”
All the singers, and the audience, ended the enjoyable evening with the appropriate “Thank you for the Music”.
The event raised £620 for Children’s Hospice Southwest.