Friday, 06 August 2021

Community choir brings festive cheer

MORE than 70 people attended a Christmas concert in Sonning Common.

MORE than 70 people attended a Christmas concert in Sonning Common.

Community choir Nottakwire, which included 65 singers, performed carols at the village hall.

The event was free but raised £500 from donations for Embrace the Middle East, a Christian charity that seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Retired priest Francis Jakeman also held a talk about the charity.

Margaret Moola, who runs the choir with Elaine Williams, said: “It was absolutely fantastic and we had a great response. We really enjoyed it, with everyone singing all the traditional carols with us.

“Afterwards we had some mulled wine and people told us how glad they were that they came. They also said how much much better the singers get every time they come to one of our concerts.

“One of the daughters of the singers said this group is a lifeline for her mother.”

Ms Williams, who is also conductor, said: “I turned around at the end and it was my privilege to have been there to see this sea of smiling faces with everyone enjoying themselves. There was a real Christmas atmosphere.

“Everyone had a lot of love on their face. There was so much togetherness, with music at the heart of it.”

Meanwhile, Jill Vallis and Paul Bailey, from Sonning Common, decorated the village hall with reindeer, robins, snowmen and hearts made from cardboard.

Ms Vallis said it was part of a recycling scheme, adding: “The idea was for everything as much as possible to be recycled. Paul found the fabrics in my big sewing chest and the buttons from the button box and it’s all just stuff lying around. It looks really nice.

“We’ve already had several offers of people wanting to buy them. It’s the first time we’ve done something as ambitious as this.”

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