Our first major outing of Christmas was our Carols on the Green event which is always well attended by some two hundred or so villagers. After the big tree lights were illuminated, down came the rain, so we all trooped into St. Peter’s Church and held the event in there. It was rather full – but a good natured carol fest ensued; Rockingham Band were really good sports, and there was mulled wine and mince pies in abundance.
A regular event on our Christmas programme is the concert in Swinton Church sponsored by Mexborough Rotary Club. It is always a splendid evening which we share with Rockingham Band and Swinton Queen Street School Choir. It goes without saying that the children are the stars of the show – and well deserved!
Then, the third of our trilogy of church evenings was held at Goldthorpe Church, when we were invited to share the concert with the Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir – our last event before Christmas. Our relationship with this choir goes back almost to when we first started singing some fifteen years ago. With these events and a few carol singing engagements at other venues – we had a busy time of it.
We have much to look forward to in 2017. We are hosting another visit from the Donaghadee Male Voice Choir from County Down at the beginning of May – there will be two concert evenings on Friday, 5th May and Saturday, 6th May. Thurnscoe Male Voice Choir will also be joining us for this weekend. More details of concert venues as they become available.
Finally, something new and exciting. We are hoping to join forces with our counterparts the Barnburgh Male Voice Choir for a joint concert with a difference. Both choirs are learning a cycle of Spirituals arranged for mixed voices by John Rutter, entitled ‘Feel the Spirit’- so sopranos, altos, tenors and basses all singing together. We haven’t even started learning the music as I write, but will post more details about the performance later in the year.
Happy New Year from us all.
Julia and the Barnburgh Village Singers.