Con­cert in the spirit of fes­tive giv­ing

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A near ca­pac­ity au­di­ence, in­clud­ing Che­sham’s mayor Peter Hud­son and his chil­dren, en­joyed Chess Val­ley Male Voice Choir’s Christ­mas Con­cert at Broad­way Bap­tist Church in The Broad­way on Satur­day evening.

The choir’s se­lec­tion of sea­sonal of­fer­ings were sup­ple­mented by ‘stun­ning’ per­for­mances from Christa­bel Mil­ner and Jonah Hal­ton, a read­ing of A York­shire Na­tiv­ity by choir mem­ber John Pos­ton, and lively au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion in pop­u­lar carols and the ‘Snow Waltz.’

Start­ing with a lively in­vi­ta­tion for the those present to Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly, the 42 strong choir’s var­ied se­lec­tion in­cluded the sen­si­tive Do You Hear What I Hear, a ca­lypso style The Vir­gin Mary Had a Baby Boy and, joined by wives and part­ners, also known as the Christ­mas Belles, re­mind­ing all It’s The Most Won­der­ful Time Of The Year.

Christa­bel Mil­ner, who was awarded The Chess Male Voice Choir bur­sary for most promis­ing young mu­si­cian at last year’s Che­sham Arts Fes­ti­val, be­lied her age of 10 with con­fi­dent per­for­mances – no­tably of Naughty from the mu­si­cal Matilda.

Jonah Hal­ton’s re­turn to sing with the choir, con­firmed the ex­cel­lent mem­o­ries of past per­for­mances with the choir.

Now on a schol­ar­ship at the Guild­hall School of Mu­sic, and in de­mand to sing in Europe and North Amer­ica, he gave a strong and as­sured ren­der­ing of Com­fort Ye’ and Ev­ery Val­ley Shall Be Ex­alted from the Mes­siah be­fore mov­ing on to some lighter, Si­na­tra styled, Christ­mas pieces.

In­tro­duc­ing the choir’s cho­sen char­ity Chiltern Mu­sic Ther­apy, mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Sheila Cor­nall de­scribed the wide va­ri­ety of its work us­ing mu­sic to help the in­jured, phys­i­cally and mentally dis­abled of all ages.

On be­half of the choir, Mr Hud­son pre­sented a cheque for £500 to the char­ity’s CEO Rosie Axon.

In ac­cept­ing the cheque, Ms Axon em­pha­sised how the or­gan­i­sa­tion ap­pre­ci­ated the choir’s do­na­tion and its im­por­tance in pro­vid­ing mu­sic and in­stru­ments for the char­ity.

She also ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion of choir mem­bers’ par­tic­i­pa­tion at one of the char­ity’s re­cent work­ing ses­sions.

The evening ended with the choir’s rum­bus­tious ren­der­ing of We Wish You a Merry Christ­mas.

The post-con­cert bucket col­lec­tion for Chiltern Mu­sic Ther­apy raised more than £500 from the ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence.

John Rams­bot­tom from the choir said: “The choir’s ef­forts in rais­ing over £1,000 to help Che­sham based Chiltern Mu­sic Ther­apy res­onates well with the spirit of giv­ing at Christ­mas.”

The choir’s next event is an open evening at St John’s Church in Ash­ley Green on Tues­day, Jan­uary 19 start­ing at 7.45pm.

The event will have good and drink and is for friends of the choir and those who would like to ex­pe­ri­ence singing in a choir.

Che­sham’s mayor Peter Hud­son pre­sent­ing the CEO of Chiltern

Mu­sic Ther­apy Rosie Axon with £500

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