Streatham Choral tried to raise the roof of St Leonard's Church on Saturday 10 November - if we didn't quite manage it literally, we certainly shook out a few cobwebs from the rafters! Despite the appalling weather, we performed to a packed church; the audience was so large, we ran out of wine during the interval! We were especially delighted as there were so many other concerts taking place over the Remembrance weekend. By contrast to the more sombre tone of most programmes, we treated our audience to Handel's celebratory Dettingen Te Deum with its many dances and fugues. A change of pace saw Mendelssohn's Hear My Prayer followed by Schubert's wonderfully melodic Mass in G. We ended on a high (and deafening) note with a hearty rendition of Handel's Zadok the Priest, which went down a storm.
While we didn't quite match the standing ovation of our July concert, the applause went on forever. We'll take it!
We are enormously grateful to our superb soloists - Mary Walker, Sam Robinson and Graham McCusker, and organist Charles Andrews. Huge thanks to all who sang, helped with concert management and, most importantly, our audience who supported us. We had a wonderful time and are very much looking forward to the next one at Christmas - see you there!