St Michaels Singers 20th Anniversary Celebration

It was 20 years ago, this year
Bryan Fisher formed a choir, let’s cheer!
To sing along and have some fun
‘Round the piano with everyone.
No need to introduce to you
The one and only – St Michaels Singers.

On Saturday 23rd February, past and present members of St Michaels Singers gathered at Harrison’s Restaurant to celebrate this notable occasion. Some of those present had attended the first practice which had been held at Julie and Andy Cook’s almost 20 years ago. It was not long before others wanted to join and practices moved on to the Jenner’s then to the village hall. These continue to run every Tuesday evening.

In those early days, few would have envisaged the development of a choir which would go on to perform such demanding pieces as Vivaldi’s Gloria or Karl Jenkins’, Armed Man along with annual performances of Christmas Crackers. But Bryan strongly believed that this could be achieved. His original idea of forming a community choir where all are welcomed, whether they are experienced or new to singing, still holds strong and over the years has brought together friends and neighbours, forging new friendships and taking pleasure in the combined activity of singing. The choir now has new MD’s with John Swindell’s, Jacqui Cable and Kath Ainsworth setting new and interesting challenges.

As guests arrived at Cadmore Lakeside Hotel, they found they needed to discover their new identity. All were Singers, but the question, ’Who am I?’ was constantly reiterated as individuals tried to guess the name on their back. A welcoming glass of Fizz seemed to help the questioning process.

A relaxing 3 course meal followed as guests chatted, ate and sampled the occasional glass of wine. Speeches, and Peter Cole’s inventive quiz followed, to bring a truly enjoyable evening to a close.

Personnel may have changed but the values of friendship, community and the simple pleasure of singing remain.

Pat Mutton (Chairman)