Harmony 303 sing with local schools
In late November 2019 the Harmony 303 choir joined forces with Martock & Ash Schools & Martock U3A to give a concert in All Saints’ Church. This was the first time that both our local primary schools have been involved in a Harmony concert, and a first in terms of including members of Martock U3A and it proved to be an uplifting and happy occasion.
The evening began with Harmony’s rendition of ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’, an old favourite which never fails to get an audience singing along. The last song in the first set, a traditional drinking song called ‘The Barley Mow’ also had the audience trying to join in, but it’s one of those songs that adds a bit as it goes along, which we choir members find tricky enough, so participation was limited – but had people smiling.
Ash School then sang three popular songs before being joined by Martock School, and led by their music teachers they together sang ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and a poignant ‘Can you hear my Voice?’ They watched their respective leaders impressively closely, and sounded lovely.
During the interval whilst refreshments were served, the Martock U3A Ukulele band- resplendent in bright pink- entertained with a selection of good old sing-a-longs, and many of the audience did just that, coming up to the front of the stage, cups & glasses in hand. It was fun.
Back to the singing, and Harmony 303 again opened proceedings, this time with an18th century hymn, then a rousing South African shout, and finally a beautiful arrangement of the ever-popular ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’
After which a complete change: the U3A Recorder Consort, comprising
2 descants, 2 trebles, 2 tenors and one bass recorder tootled through a programme that included Bach and Beatles; the recorders made a lovely sound in the church, notes soaring ever upwards.
Martock School sang again before being joined by the other choirs for the finale- first a delightful Appalachian Lullaby, and finishing with the appropriate ‘Taking my Song’ (All round the World) We had only once sung this together before the concert, but it sounded lovely.
It was a most enjoyable evening; there was something to suit all tastes, and all the participants looked as if they we enjoying themselves. And with music, that really is the main thing.