Cobham community celebrates - despite the rain!

Dale Thomas

September usually conjures up images of dappled sunlight, falling leaves and a crisp chill in the air marking the start of autumn, not the grey, soggy, dreary weather we had on Saturday!  Just as well, then, that Elmbridge Ladies Choir and Cobham Players were on hand to lift the spirits of Cobham’s community as they packed into the village hall for the Grand Finale of Cobham Heritage Day.

During the first half of the evening the audience was treated to Cobham Players’ brilliant performance of ‘September in the Rain’ by John Godber. With superb acting from the cast of only two – Jason Lambert and Samantha Myers – it is hardly surprising that the play won the Leatherhead Drama Festival in May of this year. Reliving poignant memories of their annual rainy holidays in Blackpool, husband and wife Jack and Liz took the audience back to the ‘glory days’ of British family seaside holidays, engaging the audience with an amusing script and a touching performance.

Proud to be part of Cobham's Heritage

Surrey Music is has its roots firmly planted in Cobham having been rehearsing  in the village since its formation eight years ago,  and Elmbridge Ladies Choir is therefore delighted to have been invited to perform at the ‘Grand Finale’ of this year’s Cobham Heritage Day.

Taking place on Saturday 14th September 2013, this annual event organised by Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust promises to be a great family event. As in previous years there will be plenty of stalls and attractions in Church Street, around St Andrew’s Church and the Leg O’Mutton Field. 

The day of celebrations will come to a close with a performance of Cobham Players’ award-winning and captivating production, ‘September in the Rain’, followed by Elmbridge Ladies Choir singing a programme of songs reflecting the theme of the play, including ‘Ain't no Sunshine’, ‘Singin' in the Rain’, ‘September Song’ and ‘It's Raining Men’.  The evening’s fabulous entertainment will take place in Cobham Village Hall, starting at 7pm.

‘This is a fantastic opportunity for Cobham residents to see just what the ladies get up to each week at rehearsal. Elmbridge Ladies Choir started rehearsing in Cobham in February 2009 when there were just 30 of us’, says choir member Alison Florence. ‘Nowfour years later there are 90 of us and we are looking forward to raising the roof at the Grand Finale of Cobham Heritage Day.’

Tickets for the evening performances cost £10 which includes a pre-performance drink, and are available from CCHT, PO Box 335, Cobham KT11 9AY, or from Cobham Book Shop in Anyards Road.

Uplifting Voices were Simply Divine

‘Simply Divine', a concert featuring the 200 voices of Elmbridge Choir and Elmbridge Ladies Choir delighted the 250-strong audience at Christ the Prince of Peace Church in Weybridge on Saturday 6th October, while at the same time raising funds for the charity's music grants scheme, ‘Get Music Going!'
The concert got off to a superb start with the 100+ members of Elmbridge Choir entering the church and surrounding the audience while singing an a-cappella African song. Directed by Cliff van Tonder, the choir then went on to perform a wide variety of styles with their usual enthusiasm, from ‘New York, New York' to Handel's ‘Hallelujah Chorus', to a medley from ‘Les Miserables', earning themselves a standing ovation.