Pewsey Belles 1st Solo Concert

St Andrews Church

Last Saturday my ladies choir, The Pewsey Belles, put on an evening concert at St Andrew’s Church in Collingbourne Ducis, Wiltshire.  This was a first for the choir. At least it the first time they had ever done something completely on their own.  Up to now we had always performed as part of a concert or gig arranged by someone else.  However, after 2 and half years I decided it was well overdue that we should put on our own event!

I knew before we started, that 2 hours of just a choir singing, regardless of how good they might be, was definitely a little over the top.  I therefore decided to invite some of the choir to sing either solos, duets or anything else they felt they could offer that would be suitable.  As a result we ended up with a programme which included the full choir, the Bellettes (ladies barbershop group) as well as 3 solos, a duet and a trio.

Although I’m probably just a little bit biased, I genuinely felt the evening was a success.  I wouldn’t go as far as saying it was perfect; there were one or two moments which could have perhaps been slightly more together and there was the  occasional tuning issue. But, all things considered, it was a great effort by the ladies, particularly given that I had originally planned this concert to be in late March rather than January.  Although we were largely singing repertoire that we knew well, the previous 2 months had been focussed on Christmas music so, in reality, there were only 3 rehearsals in January to prepare for this concert!

I was fortunate enough to secure the help of my good friend David Wrigley to play the piano for us.  And he did a fantastic job which made a huge difference to the choir’s performance.

The Pewsey Belles Ladies Choir’s next public performance takes place at Amesbury Parish Church on 15 March 2014.