From a dramatic candle-lit procession to a feather boa-festooned Musical Director, Surrey Music pulled out all the theatrical and musical stops in their ‘Life is a Song’ concert to raise more than £2000 for the family support charity, Home-Start Guildford, on Saturday night.
Spectacular lighting, a smattering of choreography and plenty of humour accompanied a packed and varied programme of choral delights from Elmbridge Choir and Elmbridge Ladies Choir, ensuring that the audience of 270 at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford was fully entertained from start to finish.
Performing in Guildford for the first time, the two Cobham-based community choirs were delighted with the reception they received. ‘We thoroughly enjoyed performing in such a great venue,’ said Christine Parker, Musical Director of Elmbridge Ladies Choir. ‘The church was full and we had a very lively and appreciative audience, who were treated to some of our latest songs from our new repertoire.’
The concert was attended by the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons, as well as several Trustees, volunteers and staff of Home-Start.
Ruth Jubert, Patron of Home-Start Guildford, and the Mayor both spoke of the importance and power of volunteering, particularly for charities such as Home-Start, which relies on a steady supply of volunteers to meet the demand for the charity’s services. Speaking after the concert, Ruth said ‘It was fabulous. Right from the dramatic entrance and Cliff’s exuberant conducting, you could tell it was going to be good! The best thing is that everyone on stage looked as though they were enjoying themselves too. All in all, a very happy event.’
Cliff van Tonder, Surrey Music’s Founder, CEO and Musical Director, was thrilled that the concert was such a success. ’’Life is a Song’ was all about the joy and happiness we can bring to each other. As volunteers ourselves, we know only too well that the gift of time or a small act of kindness can make a big difference to people’s lives, and we would like to thank our audience for their support and generosity. ’