28 April - The Theatre, Leatherhead. We were invited to take part in an evening of music organised by Cobham Uganda Partnership to raise funds to build a children's clinic at a school in Gulu, Northern Uganda.
With a mixture of nerves and excitement we sang our hearts out to an enthusiastic audience in this, our first full concert. The evening was compered by David Taylor, a well-known Cobham figure First to perform was Valeriy Sokolov, a prize winning violinist formerly at the Menuhin School, followed by the Land Girls, a local Blues and Jazz all girl group and then the 60 members of the Elmbridge Choir wearing bright multi-coloured polo shirts and sashes - Cliff had been shopping at Primark and bought up virtually the whole stock of polo shirts!
After the interval Arnold Pindar from Bookham sang followed by a second session from the choir. At the end of the concert the audience applauded with appreciation and enthusiasm and one member of the audience was heard to say that "it hadn't been boring like most choirs are!". The evening finished with many friends of the choir and CUP supporters remaining in the theatre to enjoy some food prepared by some of the choir members.
Cliff received many complimentary emails and several people enquired about joining the choir. Best of all was that the sum raised for CUP was about £7000 - a job worth doing!
We sang: Wind Beneath My Wings, Caribbean Carol, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Let The River Run, Siyahamba, Whispering Hope, African Amazing Grace, The Prayer, American Folk Suite and Andrew Lloyd Webber Medley.
It certainly wasn't a "Blue Christmas" for the charity that we were supporting!
19 August - Our numbers had swelled by now to over 70. The next concert was for the Platinum Party not far from home at Cobham Village Hall. As well as enjoying the singing, the audience enjoyed tea and cakes during the performance and Cliff gave roses to the ladies.