Today’s Spring Concert was a slightly poignant affair, as Wes Carroll’s last (probably!) concert with us. We abandoned Hall of the Mountain King as needing more work, but made good our promise to perform Hugo Cole’s Black Lion Dances, which was well received despite the odd mischance. One of the advantages of playing a little known piece is that it is little known – so no one knows if there are any mistakes! Unfortunately the composer’s daughter was unable to be with us after all – though it was a big ask for her to come from Oxford for a 20 minute performance!
Gilbert and Sullivan were played as they ought to be – by an amateur orchestra: always more fun! We welcomed the arrival of Gill Booker, our new conductor for next term, in the audience. It is with a sense of gratitude and relief that we are now secure for next term, and all being well further into the future.
Our parting gift to Wes was a contribution from our audience of £170 towards the Hythe Salvation Army’s trip to Africa to help some disadvantaged villages. A truly generous donation from friends and family.
We start our next term on St. George’s Day. Have a very good Easter Holiday everyone!