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Caldicot Male Voice Choir’s hectic Christmas season sounded off with a wonderful combination of Christmas seasonal songs sung by both the Choir and children of Rogiet Primary School choir on Tuesday 12th December at Caldicot Choir Hall. In front of a packed hall of over one hundred proud parents and over fifty Caldicot Male Voice Choir choristers, the mixed choir of 34 children, introduced by head teacher Kathryn Evans, formed up on the stage to be suddenly and ecstatically thrilled by the unexpected appearance of Santa Claus taking time off in his busy schedule to pay a special visit. The delight on all their faces was a joy to behold matched only by the surprise on the parents’ faces.
Led by teachers Lauren Miles and Anna Cox the children opened with precise and confident versions of ‘Glory to God’ followed by rousing ‘Sing Out at Christmas’. Traditional ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ delighted an appreciative audience and before finalising the first performance with ‘This is the Time and the Season’, seasonal poems were orated by pupils Lowri and Isobel to add a poignant touch to their first half.
In a change from the usual concert dress uniform of blazers and greys Caldicot Male Voice Choir took to the stage in colourful Seasonal attire and fancy dress of decorative pullovers and Santa hats. The Choir’s first half programme, conducted by Siân Hatton and Shirley Anne James and accompanied by Stephen Berry and John Nicholson included favourites ‘Casatchok’, ‘Christmas Time Again is Here’ sung to the hymn tune Llanfair, ‘O Holy Night’ with soloist Sian Hatton, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Shepherds Watch and Wise Men Wonder’.
Following an interlude Caldicot Male Voice Choir returned to the stage to sing their version of the Perry Como hit ‘Silver Bells’, ancient carol ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’, ‘Joy to the World’, Bing Crosby’s famous Christmas song ‘I’m Dreamin’ of a White Christmas’ and finishing with a humorous rendition of ‘The Carol Singers’, a parody of the world’s worst carol singers in which they are finally arrested and jailed by policeman ‘old Bob Bates’ characterised by accompanist and choir chairman John Nicholson.
Rogiet School Choir again took to the the stage to entertain us with a mix of ‘Who is the Man in the Bright Red Suit’, ‘Half the World Away’ and ‘Jingle Bells’, delightfully read poems by William and Cerys and finalising a wonderful performance ‘Yeah! Tomorrow’s Christmas’, ‘Christmas is a Magical Time’ and completing with ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ Following a standing ovation and well deserved tributes from Caldicot Male Voice Choir’s musical team, the finale was a fabulous action packed, joint version of ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ in which one of the highlights was the joining in with the children of all the actions by Caldicot’s youngest members Sam Atkins and Liam Evans who had the advantage of being former pupils of Rogiet School and helped teach the children all the actions beforehand.
The evening was a great success enjoyed by all and was a reflection of all the hard work put in by the weekly practice of Rogiet Junior School Choir and many thanks must be extended to the School’s PTA who provided the refreshments and organised the raffle. Tribute must also be paid to all those choristers who helped set up the hall beforehand and to chorister Leon Jones who provided and set up the Christmas trees and decorations.