Our final performances in 2017 comprised our dual Charity Christmas Concerts held in the afternoon and evening of December 16. At each we welcomed the NEWSTEAD BRASS, a very well known Nottinghamshire band, under its Director John Davis. For the Matinee we were very pleased to again welcome, for the 15th successive year, the Radcliffe on Trent Junior School Choir. The Matinee was delightfully compered by Clare Allsopp, now Head Teacher but formerly, in 2003, the first Music Leader.
The evening Concert was to have been compered by Radio Nottingham’s Colin Slater but he had to withdraw due to suffering an accident. However we were very fortunate to have our Choir President and local MP Ken Clarke step into the breach at very short notice. (As he mentioned – it made a great change from endless discussions of Brexit!)
Each year we choose a Charity to support with proceeds from these Concerts. These may be National or local. This year the Chosen recipient of the proceeds is the Friary Drop-in Centre in West Bridgeford.
Since taking up the baton in September 2017 our Choir’s new MD, Michael Bonshor, had previously conducted us in two Concerts and, on 15th November 2017, at a Service celebrating the life of Richard Cumberland, one of our long standing members. Richard’s recent death was a great loss to us as well as to his family and friends to whom we express our condolences.
The Choir sang at at Keyworth in October at a concert in support of RNLI which raised over £1,700 for that worthy charity. On November 18th, together with our guests from the Land of Song, the Beaufort Male Choir, we performed at a well attended concert in Grantham as a result of which the Christchurch community Project benefited by over £2,500.00.