On Saturday 13th June we took part in The Bournemouth Choral Music Festival at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth. We entered in two categories this year; firstly ‘Songs from the Shows’ in which we sang ‘Defying Gravity‘ from ‘Wicked’ and secondly ‘It’s Raining Men‘ featured in Broadway’s ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’. For this category we wore black tunics and trousers with lots of sparkling jewellery. We were delighted to come first and received a wonderful trophy.
The second category we entered was for ‘Barbershop’. Once again we sang two songs, ‘How Deep is the Ocean‘ and ‘The Moment I Saw Your Eyes‘ and we were awarded joint second place.
Our costumes for this category were black tunic and trousers with the addition of our brightly coloured, shimmering boleros, adorned with sparkling, jewelled epaulettes. These were designed by our fabulous wardrobe lady, Gillian Wood and all the jewels were hand sewn by herself and a number of nimble fingered helpers from the chorus.
This year we also had two quartets, made up of members of our chorus, competing in the ‘Small Ensemble’ category. ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Waves’ were awarded joint 4th place, a wonderful result considering this was a debut performance for the newly formed ‘Waves’.
We certainly had a most fabulous time in Bournemouth, filled with wonderful memories and we are looking forward to next year’s competition already.