|Santa's cheeky helpers !!♥|
By Susan Walker
Twenty-six years can be a long time or a short time depending on what one is alluding to. However, when it refers to the number of years the ESK COMMUNITY CHOIR has been bringing the sounds of Christmas to audiences in the Somerset Region, then time is of little consequence for according to many who attended this year's Family Christmas Variety Concert at the Somerset Civic Centre on Sunday December 4th, these are Concerts by a Choir which, like fine wine, just seem to improve with the years.
Concert goers packed the Auditorium to enjoy those things which touch each one of us at this time of the year; the traditions, the sights and sounds of the season, special times with family and friends and to celebrate in song with an exceptional line-up of talent.
Making their Esk Christmas Concert return were Iain Mclean's sensational 'Strings & Things' whose stirring anthems thrilled alongside the purity of sound from soprano Hettye Van Wyk and her accompanist, Mary Mosses as well as the airily dulcet tones of Sharelle Guest's flute.
Though the Choir made a good fist of their oral Aussie style execution of ' 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', it could not collate with the brilliance of poet, Ian Mackay whose eloquence had audience members straining for more. A showcase of exuberance and burgeoning talents, the songs sung by The Semitones never fail to put smiles on faces as did this year's items by Adam Smith's school Choir and Band who gave a dazzling performance.
Exceptional was the return to the 'Phantom' stage for Choir members, Kathleen, Roger and Eric as they revived some of the 2016 memories with their re-enactment of 'Prima Donna' and with excerpts from the beloved musical 'My Fair Lady' the stunningly costumed Esk Ensemble was simply outstanding.
Alongside 'Strings & Things' and the sublime accompaniment by Choir accompanist, Margaret and flautist, Suzanne, the finale was a collaboration of choral and instrumental bringing the spirit of Christmas to concert goers through some adored Christmas Carols. Following gracious wishes for a safe and joyous Christmas conveyed by Choir Director, Alexis FitzGerald, both audience and artists converged around the colourful afternoon tea tables to celebrate the fellowship that music inspires.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
We look forward to sharing the joy of music
with you again
with you again