Alnwick & District Choral Society

Review

Musical Summer Picnic in the grounds of Rock Hall, Rock village

people picnicing in the sunshine

The Musical Picnic was a joint venture coordinated by ADCS, Members of Rock Church and Rock Hall Estates.

The aim was to entertain in pleasant surroundings. Lalage Bonsanquet provided the venue and Peter Brown mustered his musical contacts to give a thoroughly entertaining back-drop for the perfect picnic.

The balance between high and low brow music and amusing interludes, performed in the two contrasting venues of the intimate historic village church and the light and airy community hall, meant there was something for everyone.

This was an inspirational use of the former Rock School grounds.

The Alnwick Playhouse Band started proceedings performing in the open amphitheatre in front of the Hall.

The day was packed with quality music including organ recitals by Peter Hignett. The organ was the catalyst for the formation of the Rock Festival Choir, when a concert was held to mark the organ’s inaugural performance after its refurbishment over 10 years ago.

Rock Festival Choir delivered two sets, including swing from a book of Jazz Classics for Choirs and a few more testing pieces a capella.

The Choral Society also demonstrated their versatility with two chances to hear some cheeky pieces alongside their more serious repertoire. The voices and harmonies of both choirs were melodious and all items were performed to very high professional standards.

Youngsters from the former Alnwick South First School touched the right note with their enthusiastic and disciplined programme under the guidance of Anne-Marie Grimes and supporting parents.

Variety was added by the Lionheart Harmony Barber Shop group and their guest soloist, Cathryn Blythe.

So, with stalls selling everything from pastries to pansies, good weather despite warnings to expect clouds and rain, numerous volunteers to ensure no hitches occurred, all topped off with your own picnic hamper and tipple of choice, this meant a good time was had by all.

The finalé saw Peter Brown conducting the combined adult choirs in some rousing songs and when Lalage closed proceedings with the announcement that this should be an annual event there wasn’t a dissenting voice in the hall.

Lyn Lock (Lionheart Harmony and RFC Groupie!)

The Alnwick Playhouse Band performing for the picnickers The choir singing Alnwick Choral Society in full colour and full voice

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