Last Thursday after practice, about 50 of us made the short annual journey in the rain to give the patrons of The Old Barn in Llanmartin a feast of Christmas carols to go along with their strawberry cheesecakes and murder by chocolate puddings.
Unaccompanied and generally unconducted, we gave festive renderings of The First Nowell, Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and many more to a packed house of Yuletide revellers who lustily joined in, more or less tunefully while munching their way through the Black Forest gateaux. The raffle, with a record number of prizes was conducted by John Jones to raise funds for the choir and the evening was rounded off with excellent traditional fayre and throat lubrication for weary singers (fabulous hot potato wedges).
On Monday we left practice to visit the residents of Brookside Care Home and again gave the small audience a round of Christmas carols accompanied by John and conducted by Siân and Shirley Ann. More refined than the content at the Barn, the repertoire included Casatchok, Nowell to the Merrie City, Joy to the World and the Carol Singers. We stayed a short while to enjoy mulled wine, sausage rolls and mince pies before travelling the short distance down Sandy Lane to the Haywain. Many thanks to young Tegan for taking the photos.
We jammed ourselves into a packed pub and in a hot and steamy atmosphere we gave the patrons a rousing rendering of not only Christmas carols but many other items from our programme including Aus der Traube, Calon Lân and our version of John Denver’s I Fill up my Senses, many conducted by Dave Gould while Siân and Shirley Ann watched and listened from a safe distance. Suitably sustained by excellent pint sized measures of liquid refreshment, sandwiches, sausage rolls and mince pies again, the choir continued to entertain the Haywain’s enthusiastic patronage right up to closing time.
Our Christmas visits to The Barn, Brookside and the Haywain are annual events much enjoyed by choristers and audiences alike and not only do the pub raffles raise some funds for the choir but our singing often leads to new members and supporters.
Haywain photos by Lyn