THE July meeting was held in the Methodist Church where the members enjoyed an afternoon of music and poetry performed by fellow members from the choir, the play reading group and the concert band. The choir, conducted by Paula Evans and accompanied by Chris Long, started their performance with a spirited accapella rendition of Centre Piece, and continued with a wide variety of songs ranging from spirituals and sea shanties to boogie-woogie (Bugle boy from Company B).

The play-reading group led by Jill Moran read a selection of poems that had a musical theme from such authors as Longfellow and Byron. Two comical reading, the Choristers’ Confession and The Altos’ Lament, were very well received by the audience.

The afternoon finished with a performance by the Concert Band, leader Roger Wyatt, who started with a rousing version of Prince Georges’ March, and then went on to entertain us with music by Haydn, a collection of tea waltzes and a selection of music from films, including Mary Poppins and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. They finished with the ever popular Dam Busters March.

The performers were thanked by the Chairman, and loudly applauded by an enthusiastic audience.