Singing for Pleasure
Yet another new group, 'Singing for Pleasure', is being formed for Biddulph U3A. The group leader, Tony Myatt, already has a small nucleus of dedicated singers but would like to enlarge the group. The group has already gained a reputation performing at local Care Homes and various Ladies' Groups and are becoming in great demand. However, Tony emphasizes that if new members just want to 'sing for pleasure' there will be no pressure put on them to perform.
The Group meets every Thursday from 10.30 until 12.00 at Lund House Room 1 New members will be made very welcome.
For more information on the above please contact Tony Myatt on :- 01782 512773 or email :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Singing for Pleasure Entertain Members of St. Lawrence's Friendship Club
Members of the 'Singing for Pleasure' group recently entertained the members of St. Lawrence's 'Friendship Club' in St. Lawrence's church hall.
After enjoying their usual lunch the members settled back to listen to and to join in to, the programme provided by this talented group. In total the group performed a selection of 12 popular and well known songs .
Starting with 'Happy Talk' from the 'King and I' the members were then given a moving performance of 'You Raise Me Up' sang by Helen and David Tildesley, with David accompanying on his guitar.
The afternoon's repertoire included several popular songs form musicals such as 'Secret Love' from 'Calamity Jane', 'On the Street Where You Live', from 'My Fair Lady' and 'Dancing Queen', from 'Mama Mia'.The programme was also interspersed with chart-topping songs such as John Denver's Annie's Song' and Neal Sedaka's 'Diana'.
Towards the end of the programme the group's leader, Tony Myatt, gave a very professional performance of 'Unchained Melody',The afternoon's entertainment concluded with the singing of 'Paris Melody', 'This Was Nearly Mine' and , from the musical 'Oliver' the popular, 'I'd Do Anything For You Dear.'
However, the members of 'Singing for Pleasure' did not have it all their own way as the club's members joined in many of the songs when they knew the words. All in all a very enjoyable afternoon with a very positive feed- back from the members of St. Lawrence's Friendship Club'.
U3A Choir Hold a Charity Christmas Concert
Just before Christmas Biddulph U3A Choir held its first charity concert in Biddulph Methodist Church.
The choir thoroughly entertained the large and enthusiastic audience with some traditional carols and past Christmas
hits. The audience was able to sing along to such well known songs as 'MIstletoe and Wine, and 'Merry Christmas Everyone' as the words were projected onto a large screen.
There was a great surprise in the final song before the interval, when refreshments Were served, when the choir sang 'Fairy on the Christmas Tree' a 'real live fairy appeared . The 'fairy', otherwise known as choir member, Margaret Jackson, danced around the stage and the seated audience. Unfortunately ,not for the want of trying, the 'fairy' did not manage to get to the top of the adjacent Christmas tree!
During the second half of the programme the audience again enjoyed helping the choir out by singing several Christmas carols and a couple of Christmas favourites including ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer'
The concert raised the magnificent sum of £454 which was donated to the charity 'Biddulph Lifeline' which is responsible for installing and maintaining defibrillators in key areas around Biddulph.
The leader of the choir, Tony Myatt, thanked all the choir members,David Boothroyd, for his help with setting up and projecting the words of the songs on the large screen, and also the U3A members who had helped on the night. He also thanked Biddulph Methodist Church for allowing the use of their premises.
A member of the audience, Elaine Swetnam ,commented, ' I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. It was a good old fashioned concert with a great sing-a-long and it reminded me of the concerts I had enjoyed in days gone by!’