We started the 2016/17 season singing on Briggate, progressed through remembrance day at the Armouries with hymns and a bit of The Armed Man. They want us back for another concert soon. On to the Minster for Psalms and Joy from Imogen Holst, and Duruflé’s Requiem. A bit of busking at the station for charity – bolstered by a lovely donation from Alan Bennett. Then our main concert of Messiah with a fantastic orchestra and then the ever faithful Lord Mayors Carols. I always like the second performance where the crowd is a bit rowdier. And to round off we went to Armley jail to sing for the prisoners. I think it fair to say we were all a bit nervous as we did not know quite what to expect. What an amazing place the old bit is – so like the scenes from Porridge – even down to the spiral staircase. And I think the guys enjoyed it. To quote:
“I’ve never been to a concert before and to sit in the front row …..! The ladies must’ve thought I was mad. I couldn’t stop grinning.” Mat, C Wing.
“I’m not right bright. I don’t have words but please come again.”
“I didn’t know there was such beautiful music. I had trouble holding it together.” Kyle, C Wing.
And the best promise….
“When I’m out I’m coming to your concerts.” Peter, F Wing.
I think we have met our charitable aims in just the one concert. On to 2017