Sunday, January 1st, 2017

The Luminelles & Friends: Christmas Concert Review

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The Luminelles & Friends featuring Charmed String Quartet Christmas Concert took place on Saturday 27th December at Birkenhead High School Academy.

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The Luminelles are the new vocal group that I have established this year, based at Birkenhead High School Academy and we opened the concert with four pieces from our non-Christmas repertoire. Charmed String Quartet (established by Amy Chalmers and featuring herself on violin 2 alongside Kate O’Brien on violin 1, Lara Simson on violin 3 and Vicky Mutch on cello) then entered the stage to perform two pieces in their own right before accompanying Ben Turner, Bethany Jackson, Jess Hynes, The Mono LPs and Jennifer John on various standalone pieces. It was such a pleasure to have such an eclectic mix of top class singers and musicians there to entertain the sold-out audience. What’s more, Santa Claus also made an appearance with his accordion and led a singalong with the whole audience and all the performers. He also reappeared in the interval with his elf to serve minced pies and mulled wine to the audience.

The second half featured the full plethora of performers, with all the singers and the string quartet collaborating throughout. The Luminelles returned to the stage, this time accompanied by a number of ‘friends’; these were professional singers from different areas of my life, including a number of members from ‘Sense of Sound Singers’. The second half was rousing, joyous and festive-spirited throughout and possibly the highlight of my Christmas! It was fantastic to have such a diverse mix of fantastic singers on stage together. It was a wall of Christmas-sound and I loved every minute. Special mention to soloists Tim Lennon on Real Love and Jess Hynes on Silver Bells; both carried off their songs beautifully.

The concert was accompanied throughout by guitarists Rob Chalmers and Casey Taylor. Casey Taylor is one of Rob’s guitar students and they both did an excellent job throughout, really adding the icing on the cake of the performance!

The full programme from the event is below –

The Luminelles & Friends featuring Charmed String Quartet. 17th December
Programme

1st Half

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (The Luminelles)
Runnin’ (The Luminelles)
Empire State Of Mind (The Luminelles)
Thinking Out Loud (The Luminelles & Friends)
Palladio (Charmed String Quartet)
One Day Like This (Charmed String Quartet)
SANTA CLAUS SINGALONG – Rudolph & Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Hallelujah (Ben Turner solo)
White Winter Hymnal (Bethany Jackson, Jess Hynes & Charmed)
Christmas Time (The Mono LPs featuring Charmed)
River (Jennifer John & Charmed String Quartet)

2nd Half
(The Luminelles & Friends, Charmed String Quartet + Rob & Casey: Guitar)

Silent Night
Silver Bells (led by Jess Hynes)
White Christmas (Singalong with audience)
Real Love (led by Tim Lennon)
This Christmas
Fairytale Of New York (Led by Amy Chalmers & Rob Chalmers)
Walking In The Air
Carol Of The Bells/Somewhere In My Memory
Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth
FINALE: Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Oo and we put the stage decorations up ourselves..

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Profit from the concert was donated to Wirral Foodbank just before Christmas.