Our Last Concerts

So, this afternoon, the Walls Community Choir (of which I am a member) played their last two concerts of the year.

The first one was at Wastview, our local Care Centre – a residential and nursing home.

I arrived half an hour early.  I have no idea why, so I drove back down to our local shop to buy some vodka, potatoes (for roasting) and toothpaste – all the major food groups covered really.

Then back I went and, when other singers started to appear, I went in, set up my flute, stand and music next to the pianist.

Our remit was to wear something festive, so I managed a Father Christmas hat and some Christmassy earrings.  My family’s parting shot as I left the house this afternoon was that I looked like a grumpy elf!

With a local population of 700 (ish), there was a very good turnout and I think we sounded strong and festive.

We played our set, had a cup of tea and a natter with the residents and then set off to the next concert.

The venue – outside the local shop.

This time it was just me accompanying the choir and no place for an electric piano.  It was lightly raining (the tail-end of the gale that day).

Armed with my headtorch, music in plastic sleeves (thus waterproof), bulldog clips to keep said music in place, someone to stand in front of the music stand to keep it upright plus a nice chap to add more light and turn the pages, I played while the choir sang to any passing shopper who happened by.


My extremities are now defrosting nicely and I am told that I should get the feeling back in my hands by Christmas Day!

Most importantly, I really enjoyed myself!

(great photos by Barry Broadbent)

7 thoughts on “Our Last Concerts

  1. Rebecca

    Hi Frances.

    Sounds like fun! Love the shopping list

    Wishing you and your family and friends all the best for Christmas. 38C in Sydney today. Here, one’s extremities don’t freeze at Christmas, they melt!

  2. annie vanderven

    Love all your blogs, Thank you for all the wonderful stories of your ponies

    Merry Christmas to you and your family

    I live in ct Usa and today our weather is matching what you have had these past few days

  3. Margaret Robinson

    Brava! It’s said that musicians who play in the elements are particularly talented! At least you’ll be thawed out by Christmas – such a present to yourself! I love your Christmas outfit – your family was just jealous.

    The people who heard your music and the singing were in the midst of specialness. Merry Christmas!

  4. Yvonne

    What fun…sounded like the “heavenly host” over here in Canada…oh I do love those gingerbread tights your conductor is wearing!

    Merry Christmas & a healthy and peaceful New Year!

  5. diane in northern wis

    Great job Frances….playing for those concerts! That would always really put me in the Christmas spirit! It seems you are not only funny, but talented too….in many ways. Thanks for the pics and the story. Merry Christmas to you and your family and furry friends too!


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