St Andrew's Church, Trent

Published: December, 2017

Last year, over a coffee at the end of lunch, Roger Kipling asked me if I thought the Military Wives Choir from Yeovilton would sing in our village church to help raise money for the restoration of the stained-glass windows in St Andrew’s. “You could always ask” I replied.

Well, on Wednesday 1st November, 33 Military Wives Choir members turned up, set up their speakers, microphones and a host of paraphernalia and started their warm up. The acoustics in the church are super for choirs and soon the church was being filled with music.

Soloists who were having their debut sang beautifully through their first night nerves, and the choir raised the roof with some old favourites as well as introducing In Flanders Fields and The Rhythm of Life to our repertoire. For some in the audience it was the first time hearing us and the feedback was very touching, emotional and overwhelming at times.  For others it was the fourth, fifth and in the case of one lovely couple, their 11th concert. Thank you, not only for your kind words but for coming out and supporting us and St Andrew’s.

During the concert we discovered the wonderful news that we were singing to celebrate the fact that the fundraising total had been reached rather than singing to still be raising funds to meet the target. Wonderful news for all involved.

For choir members it was lovely to see some friendly faces; Olivia Blackburn who has kindly worked with us in the past, Laura a new member, and Gemma a recent member, and we hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as we did.

Written by Sarah Crosby

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