As always, the winter season was a very hectic musical time!
Just before the full Christmas craziness kicked off, Sense of Sound Singers and a number of The Luminelles performed a six-minute medley of contemporary pop songs at the Holland & Barrett annual conference.
Christmas kicked in extra early this year, with our first seasonal performance being on 25th November in the concert room at St George’s Hall with The Luminelles and Over The Water. We launched straight into our Christmas material to help raise money for North West Cancer Research at their annual Christmas concert.
After working with the staff choir at St John’s Hospice for their 2017 Light Up A Life event, I was asked back again this year for their service in early December. This time I took two Luminelles along with me to help me lead the singers. Lauren Heywood and Esther Humphries helped lead the rehearsal and then went on to conduct one carol each.
Our next festive commitment was at Eaton Hall. For the second year running, The Luminelles graced this awe-inspiring venue in aid of Autism Together. Rick Myers kindly asked us back for their annual Christmas Carol Concert and we performed two sets of songs from our Christmas repertoire. It was another lovely event.
The Luminelles received a kind invitation from Birkenhead School to perform at their Family Christmas Concert on 15th December and we performed alongside the Wirral Community Wind Band and their infant choir. We intend to collaborate on further projects in the future.
Our next choir date was the Anglican Cathedral, which is thoroughly covered in another post! There was still no time to rest following this because the very next day we were at Thornton Manor for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity’s Christmas event. The setting was spectacular and the room’s acoustic really suited Over The Water and The Luminelles. We performed two sets of material from our Christmas repertoire and we also had the privilege of backing Kathryn Rudge on Somewhere In My Memory. Kathryn is a fabulous critically-acclaimed opera singer from Liverpool and we loved collaborating with her. (More photos to follow in the new year)
Two days later, The Luminelles visited Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and performed their full set of material in the waiting room. This was their final performance of the year.
Over The Water followed up with their final performance of year at Ullet Road Unitarian Church’s Christmas Carol service on Sunday 23rd December.
Meanwhile, throughout December, The Carollers performed at a number of venues across the North West. This year saw Molly Daniel cover Dionne’s maternity leave! So we had Molly, Amy, Izzy and myself for the majority of the gigs, with Ben Turner filling in for Amy on Christmas Eve. This year saw us perform at The Botanist in York, The Botanist in Didsbury, The Restaurant, Bar & Grill in Liverpool (this one was as an eight-piece with Lauren and Amy Heywood, Kelly Nsutebu, Jeanette Boyhan & Nina Cox), The Botanist in Chester, The Liverpool Yacht Club, The Titanic Hotel in Liverpool and The Botanist in Alderley Edge.