Caldicot Male Voice Choir choristers are always thrilled to welcome a local school choir to join in with them to sing a Christmas concert and this year on Monday 11th December it was pleased to welcome the children of St Briavels School to its Choir Hall in Caldicot.
Conducted by Musical Director Sian Hatton, assistant musical director Shirley Anne James and accompanied by John Nicholson; the choir presented festive favourites; ‘Joy to the World’; ‘Shepherds Watch and Wise Men Wonder’; ‘Mary’s Boy Child’; ‘When a Child is Born’; ‘Silver Bells’; ‘God Rest You Merry Gentlemen’; ‘Casatschok’ with its noisy ending, the iconic classics ‘White Christmas’ and the delightful ‘Little Drummer Boy’. The Choir’s contribution also included ‘The Carol Singers’, a comical parody of a group of carollers singing so badly they were arrested.
Accompanied by Olivia Dance and led by Charlotte Bishop, the children’s choir performed two parts. The first included; ‘Jingle Bell Rock’; ‘Away in a Manger’ joined in with the men of Caldicot choir and a piece from the film ‘Nativity’ entitled ‘Sparkle and Shine’ which contained the words ‘Stand back and put your shades on because I’m about to shine’. Wearing festive ‘shades’ they certainly did!
During the interval the children and choristers were amazed and thrilled that Santa came into the hall and was invited to join in with the choir for the rest of the evening. Did you know that Santa is a bottom bass. No surprise there!
The children’s second half performance included ‘Somewhere in my Memory’ from the film Home Alone followed by delightfully singing a capella ‘Shepherds on the Hills’ before finalising with ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’.
Caldicot choir completed its performance with a Christmas Medley in which the children participated on stage to sing ‘Jingle Bells’ enthusiastically joined in by all.
The children’s choir, organised by parents among others, Claire Gilmour, Charlotte Bishop, Caroline Kingston and pianist Olivia Dance has about forty children in its rank, is self-funding, relying on fund raising events and donations and practices after school time at St. Briavels primary school.
Both the men of Caldicot Male Voice Choir and the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience of singing together and both look forward to possibly doing so again next year.