It’s Christmas Time!
It was a busy time for Out There Music Bristol this Christmas with three of our groups performing at their own Christmas concert which were all in aid of Changing Tunes, the charity we’ve been supporting for the last three years. It all started with North Bristol Community Choir at the Elmgrove Centre on Saturday 5th December. It served as the perfect venue for the occasion and was set up cabaret style with the audience seated at candlelit tables with drinks and mince pies.
‘Partsong’ – a small but perfectly formed acapella group opened the show before the North Bristol Community Choir took to the stage to perform music from the movie Frozen as well as ‘Life On Mars’ by David Bowie, ‘I Can’t Make You love Me’ by Bonnie Raitt and Marvin Gaye’s soul classic, ‘What’s Going On’. Accompanied by our band including Gareth and Andy from Changing Tunes as well as our long-standing and super-talented drummer, James Everingham, the choir sounded fantastic and all our hard work from the term really came to fruition. The evening ended with a Christmas sing-along with audience and choir alike which everybody seemed to really enjoy.
Next up was the Chamber Choir’s Christmas Concert in Cote Lane Chapel at St. Monica’s. The chapel is a wonderful setting for any concert but is especially magical at Christmas time. The Chamber Choir superbly performed music including Lauridsen’s iconic ‘O Magnum Mysterium’, Eric Whitacre’s spine-tingling ‘A Boy And A Girl’ and the enchanting ‘ Bogoroditsye Dyevo’ by Rachmaninov. Also on the programme was a fantastic young flute soloist from Clifton College – Chloe Wedlake – who played two stunning sets of music and Daniel Jones (clarinet), Catherine Maytum (flute) and Alison Howell (piano) magnificently performed ‘4 Waltzes’ by Shostakovich. The Chamber Choir also sung some spirituals and jazz songs before finishing off with some Christmas carols and festive favourites. It was a memorable evening in a magnificent venue and the audience and performers rounded it off together in the St. Monica’s atrium with some mulled wine and mince pies!
Finishing off the set of three concerts was the South Bristol Community Choir’s Christmas Show at the superb venue that is the Southbank in Bedminster. The tables were also candlelit and set out in a cabaret fashion as with the North Bristol show but the Southbank is a very intimate venue, beautifully lit and serving mulled wine and cake as well as a traditional bar, it served as the perfect setting for the show.
Changing Tune’s new CEO – Lizzie Bond – spoke inspiringly at the beginning of the night about the inspiring work that Changing Tunes do before once again, Partsong opened the show with singing another great set. The South Bristol Community Choir – accompanied by our Changing Tunes band this time of Andy and Rob as well as James on drums again – definitely helped inspire the choir to what I think was our best performance yet. As well as ‘Life On Mars’ and ‘What’s Going On’, the choir also sung ‘The Cave’ by Mumford and Sons, the epic ‘Listen’ by Beyoncé and ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’. The applause was rapturous and rightly so. After a short interval, there was also a Christmas sing-along (including some East 17, George Michael, Mariah Carey and Band Aid!) which was absolutely superb with both choir and audience really throwing themselves into it! It was an amazing way to end the night and run of three OTMB Christmas Shows.
I’m delighted to say that over the course of the three concerts we raised £434.54 for Changing Tunes so thank you so much to everyone who came to the shows and donated generously.
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