Determined not to let Covid steal Christmas, Surrey Music live-streamed its festive offering this year, and, while rather different to the society's usual Christmas extravaganza, it was no less spectacular, nor indeed, entertaining! Adorned in suitably seasonal attire, the three choirs rose splendidly to the occasion, each offering its own unique programme designed to bring a little festive cheer to hearts and homes.
Elmbridge Choir performed under the baton of their new Musical Director, Hugh Beckwith, who led them enthusiastically through their set of four quite different songs. Such was the choir’s joy at singing together again, and their obvious passion, that no-one would have guessed it was Hugh’s first public performance with the choir.
Chris Wray, Musical Director of Surrey Rainbow Choir, spoke with pride about how far the choir has come in just one year (and most of that as a virtual choir!) and showed videos of their only public performance at last year’s Christmas concert, while several choir members spoke from the heart about how much the choir and being a member of the Surrey Music family means to them.
A fabulous finale was provided by Elmbridge Ladies Choir, with a set of six songs led by the choir’s Musical Director, Christine Parker. As always, the ladies sparkled, their enthusiasm and enjoyment of singing (and dancing!) evident for all to see, while their song choices certainly lifted us and filled our hearts with Christmas joy.
The choirs’ performances were set against a cheery and colourful backdrop of photos, sultry seasonal jazz tunes, music and humorous videos, very cleverly masterminded and produced by Surrey Music’s CEO, Founder and technological whizz, Cliff van Tonder, ably assisted by his husband, Brendon Perold.
Having now embraced the technology and taken their first step into the world of virtual concerts, this surely won’t be the last for Surrey Music’s members; plans are already in place for the next live-streamed concert, in April 2021.