Choir News

Sounds Familiar’s Summer Concert

What better way to spend a sultry summer’s evening than at Sounds Familiar Community Choir’s  ever popular summer concert, in fact so popular that it was a sell-out well before the night. So, for future reference, get your tickets early, if you want to make sure of a seat J This year, the audience were treated to “Familiar Sounds From the Movies”. Comperes, Rachel Foster and Steve Lloyd kept everyone on their toes with questions/facts relating to the various films.  They also managed to slip the occasional joke in!

There was a very varied programme with something for everyone. The songs covered several decades, starting in the 1930s with the likes of Let’s Face the Music and Dance and Over the Rainbow. Chattanogga Choo Choo in the 1940s, the Sound of Music and Love Is All Around in the 1960s, Cavatina the late 1970s and the very topical Super Trouper from Mamma Mia plus many more.

The programme was interspersed with solos from various choir members and a variety of entertaining poems, including Gran can you Rap? Audience participation was encouraged with a medley from Oliver, the Hippopotamus song and Abba’s Super Trouper. There wasn’t exactly dancing in the aisles (there wasn’t really room), but arm waving, clapping and singing sufficed. It was hoped that the audience would experience the enjoyment of singing that the choir gets each week at rehearsals, and were encouraged to join us at our rehearsals on Tuesday nights.

The chosen local charity supported by this concert was CHUMS. Ann Goodwin, CHUMS representative, gave a very informative talk about what CHUMS provides – a Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service for children and young people. Over £1,000 was raised for this very worthy cause. A big Thank You to everyone who helped to make the concert such an amazing success.

The choir has been very fortunate to receive a grant for £600 from the Forest of Marston Vale Community Fund towards new music for our concerts this year, for which it is very grateful.

Sounds Familiar’s next concert is on 1st December – our Christmas concert at Cranfield Parish church. If you would like to join the choir and participate in this concert - contact Jean Lloyd on 01234 751495 or 07793 074911. (no audition required)

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Sue Lee