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The Games Maker Choir go back to school

It may have been Glastonbury this weekend but The Games Maker Choir performed on another prestigious open air stage on Friday, earning top marks in the glorious scholarly surroundings of Hall Grove School, Surrey.

 

In soaring temperatures we were privileged to sing two sets (eight songs) for the pupils and families at the school’s impressive Caribbean themed summer social event.

The beautiful grounds were embellished with colourful flags, a huge stage, refreshment tent/bar, Billy Ocean’s steel band ‘Ebony’, stilt walkers, funfair and fireworks; this was a very different venue and event and a change to the sport and military occasions we are familiar with.

We were supported in some our set by ‘Coyote’, a great ‘party band’ who made our versions of ‘Three Little Birds’ and ‘Run’ sound amazing – it’s great to sing with a live band, and such talented musicians too.

We were lucky to be able to watch accomplished performances by the school’s pupils and even their Staff Band – including our very own Catriona, expertly playing double bass with her school colleagues; we’re more used to her singing soprano with us – so this extra undiscovered talent came as a lovely surprise!

Between arrival, sound checks and final rehearsals we also managed a lovely picnic in the sunshine and some time to relax and socialise before the evening show.

So altogether it was yet another successful event and a great experience to add to the Choir’s Curriculum Vitae. Proof that all that homework does pay off!

 

         

Liz Stainthorpe - July 1, 2019

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