Unsung Hereos - Area 20 circling at its best
Loughborough Ladies Circles Support fellow area 20 Ladies Circle - Long Eaton to raise money for their charity - Nottinghamshire Hospice
You may be forgiven for thinking that the quote above is from one of our hospice patients, but in fact it is the opening lines of 'Days' by Ray Davies. It was the first song in the line-up of the amazing debut performance from our 28 strong Unsung Heroes Choir at the Nottingham Arts Theatre on the 30th May.
The choir, led by choir master Andrew Nicklin (theatre director, orchestra conductor and founder member of the Derby Gilbert & Sullivan Company), has had just 10 weeks to perfect their performance and took on this challenge to help raise vital funds for Nottinghamshire Hospice. We are expecting that based on the amounts pledged this event will have raised over £5,000. An amazing result!
It costs us £3 million to run the Hospice each year. We receive approximately 30% from the NHS and the remaining £2 million we have to raise through charitable activities such as this.
The choir delighted the audience with beautiful performances of well-known songs such as ‘Say a Little Prayer’, ‘Do Re Mi’ and Hallelujah’, to name but a few, and were joined by guest soloists Lucy Theobald, Simon Theobald, Alex Saunders and Mark Pollard who enchanted and entertained the audience with some popular classics from musical theatre.
There were laughs a plenty with a fabulous performance of ‘Nothin’ Like a Dame’ by the male members of the choir; a marvellous rendition of the duet ‘Me and My Shadow’ by Sam Pinkham and Dave Tanner from the Gem 106 Breakfast Show; and the brilliantly performed ‘Have some Madeira M’dear’ by Simon Theobold.
Dave Tanner and Sam Pinkham from Gem106 Breakfast Show with Loughborough Circler Lynn Bailey
The audience were moved by the duet ‘I Know Him So Well’ beautifully performed by Lynn Bailey and Jane Smith from the Ladies Circle, and there was not a dry eye in the house when hospice nurse, Mary Howson, entranced the audience with her wonderful voice singing ‘The Rose’ accompanied by Josh Kemp on the guitar. Josh is a talented young man who not only plays the guitar but writes his own songs, one of which he performed for us called ‘Freefall’.
Professional singer Campbell Bass, treated the audience to a performance of ‘That’s Life’ and Feeling Good’ and led the choir in the final scheduled song of the evening, a stirring rendition of ‘You Raise Me Up’. After which the audience rose up onto their feet in a well-deserved standing ovation.
Responding to the cries of ‘Encore!’, choir master Andrew Nicklin prompted the choir and guest singers to sing ‘Top of the World’ and turned to the audience saying “You made so much noise you are going have to do some work – join in!”.