The Choral Society’s Annual Dinner is held early in the year. It is organized by the Social Secretary and is well attended by members. Everyone is encouraged to come as it is an occasion when we can socialize and get to know members from other sections better. Separate social events may additionally be arranged.
There are occasional ‘massed choir’ events (often in Exeter Cathedral or the Royal Albert Hall) in which the society takes part.
The Society is affiliated to “Making Music”. Our representative is Annie Bassett.
On Thursday 6 February members of the Choral Society went to the Tumbling Weir Hotel for their annual dinner and social evening. A delicious three-course dinner was enjoyed by the gathering of sixty members and friends. The social evening was organised by Vivienne and Michael Gascoigne-Pees and also included a quiz and entertainment.
This year the entertainment was mainly in the very capable hands of some of our gentlemen members who concentrated on the witty works of Flanders and Swann.
“The Bedstead Men” was sung by David Glennie, “A Transport of Delight” by Chris Startup and Michael Gascoigne-Pees, and “The Gasman Cometh” by Brian Waterfield, complete with the predictable audience participation in the chorus!
Tim Savage had written “In Memori– um!” for which he took on the role of a village vicar giving a very amusing eulogy for an imaginary local parishioner. The final piece of the evening was Victoria Wood’s “Ballad of Barry and Freda” (Let’s do it) sung by Kyle Hayes.
The raffle raised £154 for Hospiscare, our designated charity for this year.