Concerts – success and sadness

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160626_dhs02We enjoyed ourselves last Wednesday and Sunday … though sometimes during the preparation it had felt that we would never get a concert together! So thanks to Douglas for leading us, and special thanks to Carol as Assistant MD for helping us get there, both individually and as a group. There were some exquisite moments, such as the arrangement of Fields of Gold sung by an ensemble (pictured above). And the selection from Les Miserables was much appreciated: John and Kat sparred superbly in “Master of the House”, and Ian Osborne enjoyed giving consolation to Carol!

As a reminder of what we sang, and who sang what, you can download the programmes at these links: Clermiston; Oakley. As another momento, we hope that a DVD of the Oakley concert will be available from Dave.

160626_dhs01ccnBut we were very sad to say goodbye and good luck to Robbie Milner, whose last appearance this was. Always self-effacing – and usually invisible, tucked away on the edge of the singers! – his was a key role in the concerts, and his patient support and good humour have been invaluable during rehearsals over the past five years. So warm applause greeted the presentation made to him before the concert. Robbie leaves in late August to start his course at McGill, and takes with us our best wishes for his studies and his future career. We’ll look out for his name in lights!

Next appearance

The Pirates of Penzance 2022

Although we plan to present a concert version of The Mikado in 2021, our next show on stage in the Carnegie Hall will be The Pirates of Penzance from Thursday to Saturday 17–19 February 2022!

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