To mix our metaphors more than a little, the Bay Singers emerged chrysalis-like from their Covid-imposed purdah and gave a superb concert in St Paul’s last week which had the audience applauding in syncopation and acclamation. A full church, many without masks, gave the singers a warm welcome and were richly rewarded with medleys of popular songs, (from popular musicals, romantic classics, Abba, “Mad about Mozart”), a trio of guitarists, solos by Sue Harrison (soprano), and solo piano pieces by their resident accompanist, Ray Booth.
These latter were the highlight of the show for this reviewer as they included a couple of Gershwin classic songs beautifully interpreted on the keyboard.
The proceeds, including a varied raffle, went to St Mary’s Hospice, and it was good to see and hear the Singers back in action again after far too long a break.
Jane Thedham led and conducted with her usual spirit and panache, and the whole ensemble backed her with enthusiasm and skill. Even those new tunes, learned over Zoom throughout the dreary months, were skillfully and caringly rendered. A good evening for music-lovers and we look forward to the next show. Thank you, Bay Community Singers.