The Ensemble have sung at the Stroke Club at Love Lane Methodist Church on several occasions over the years. It was an honour to be able to perform at the very last meeting of the club.
On Wednesday, the Ensemble sang a range of items, including Blowing in the Wind. for the first time, and what has become the choir’s signature tune: The Dam Busters March. The Music Director highlighted that there is an unwritten piano obligato in You Raise Me Up, which Avis always plays when she accompanies us. It is different every time but always magnificent. Jim sang a solo, accompanying himself on the guitar. It seemed appropriate to finish with a farewell song: An Irish Blessing.
It is very unusual for the Choir or Ensemble to perform with folders, except for Christmas numbers. On this occasion, it was because Blowing in the Wind was a new item and with the MD only just returned from holiday, there was not time to fit in an Ensemble rehearsal before the event.
Caroline is stepping down from running the Stroke Club at Love Lane Pinner as no one has volunteered to do the administration. However, Gordon is continuing to run the Stroke Club in North Harrow so those wishing to attend will be able to go there.
For this special event, the members of the club were joined by the Harrow Apollo Male Choir and a few of their associate members, as well as other supporters of the Club, including representatives of the Cannon Lane Singers, who have also sung for the Club on other occasions.