My heart wants to sing every song it hears

Well, the Harlington Singers had their summer concert this evening, with me accompanying them on the piano.

The line up, changed slightly, for reasons to be explained later, was:

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Linden Lea
Contantius Festa, Down in a Flowery Vale
The Cuckoo
Eric Coates, Bird Songs at Eventide
Nino Rota, Take the Sun
Sir Edward Elgar, As Torrents in Summer
Schubert, To Sylvia
Scott Joplin, The Entertainer
Matyas Seiber, Three Hungarian Folksongs
Cecil Sharp, Just as the Tide was a Flowing
John A. Glover-Kind, I do like to be beside the seaside
George Gershwin, Summertime
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don’t Cry for me Argentina
Richard Rogers, O What a beautiful morning
Stephen Foster, Beautiful Dreamer
John Bratton, The Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Percy Grainger, Country Gardens
Richard Rogers, The Sound of Music
Richard Rogers, Edelweiss
Richard Rogers, Climb Every Mountain

Looking at it – we did quite a lot of stuff! Some of the pieces were choral pieces, some were vocal solos and some were instrumental pieces – you can work out which ones are which yourself. I must say the choir performed brilliantly under the direction of the conductor. All the niggles and blunders encountered during the rehersals were nowhere to be seen, although pitching became difficult as the piano was very quiet. The soloists did very well, considering most of them are amateur singers.

Alas, the Beethoven Violin Sonata was postponed until another concert. Probably a wise idea given I was having problems with it and the violinist and myself had only had two rehersals playing together!

Most importantly, the audience seemed to enjoy it, with at least warm applause (sometimes very enthusiastic applause) after each piece and some encouraging comments from them afterwards. Roll on the next concert…

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