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Our new Music Director Helen Sims is determined to carry on Gerry Palmer's policy of stretching us vocally and artistically, so for 2013's summer concerts in Minchinhampton we learned no fewer than 19 new numbers, all of them sung (of course) from memory. It's probably a record. Altogether they made for an unusually varied programme even by our eclectic standards: something which our loyal audiences tell us they love.
Two medleys of audience-pleasing standards from Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra framed a first half which also featured the ladies masquerading as witches in a ghoulish chorus from Verdi's Macbeth, Franck's famous Panis Angelicus and the well known Forever Autumn, featuring Bill Evans' narration of part of The War of the Worlds. The second half began with the jolly Tie a Yellow Ribbon and, by way of the haunting Bilbo's Last Song, the traditional Pick a Bale of Cotton, the a capella All in the April Evening and a new take on Old Macdonald had a Farm amongst other pieces, closed with three highly contrasted numbers: the men's forceful rendition of Sixteen Tons, the serene On Holy Ground and, finally, that old favourite, Razzle Dazzle.
It was a classic Stuart Singer's programme, hugely enjoyed by our enthusiastic audiences, who also saw Helen hand over donations to support four good causes: Alzheimer's Research UK, Milestone School, Stroke Association and Stroud Valleys Project.
Earlier in 2013 we invited BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Claire Carter along to one of our rehearsals and she had a whale of a time, joining in the singing (after a mild protest!) and chatting with us all, whilst at the same time recording everything which went on. A few days later her edited highlights (yes, including her own singing!) were broadcast on her afternoon show, giving a great, and we hope, accurate impression of the Stuart Singers.
As a thank you, we invited her to our summer concerts and, once again, Claire brought her microphone along, interviewed some of the audience and Helen, our MD. The next morning we were treated to another enthusiastic report from her on the county's airwaves.
Thank you so much, Claire, for your tremendous support!
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