The Autumn and Winter weather was so mild in Somerset in 2019, that one season quietly merged into the next. There were many blue sky days in Langport throughout the weeks and high water levels gave the most fabulous reflections in the River Parrett.
Which fitted perfectly with one of Pete's song arrangements for the season. 'Mirrors' was composed by Sally Oldfield in 1978 for her debut studio album 'Water Bearer'. A song that was very uncharacteristic of the style of popular music of that era, the arrangement was great fun and interesting to learn.
We were delighted to give our first performance in November at Milford Junior School, Yeovil, where Alto Zetta teaches. What a magical experience it was watching the sea of eager young faces as we sang at their morning assemblies.
'Pretty Paper' composed by Willie Nelson in 1963 was one of the seasonal arrangements that Pete included in our Christmas set. The song was inspired by a disabled man who sold paper and pencils outside a department store in Fort Worth, Texas. It was a salient reminder to give consideration to others who are less fortunate during the season of plenty.
Our first Christmas performance was a return to The Guild Hall in Chard to perform our season's set with Pete's Chard Choir - Meeting Voices at their Sing Our for Christmas Show in aide of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Made even more fun by a bit of impromptu audience participation, we all quickly forgot about the wild winter weather outside.
And to end our singing year we returned to Immacolata House in Langport, where the choir packed the residents lounge for our final Christmas sing. We very much enjoy taking part in community activities and we are always open to invitations to sing.
And so as we start a new year and decade, we can take heart knowing that there will be many happy singing experiences lying ahead. Singing brings great joy and much more to us all at Langport Community Choir - do come along for a trial Monday night session - our new term start on Monday 13th January 2020 at 7pm in the Main Hall at Huish Academy in Langport.