The Start of the Festive Season

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The choir have been practising their Christmas music for weeks, and Saturday 3rd December was our first public outing. To help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the department store Leekes in Melksham, and to commemorate the retirement of one of their long-standing employees and a chorister with the choir, Mike Uzzell, we were asked to sing for their customers. Having been suitably sustained with coffee, mince pies and mulled wine, we duly obliged, and, judging from the smiles on the customers faces, we hopefully helped Leekes to celebrate the season in style.

But that was not all! We then travelled back to Swindon to help the amazing Steam museum celebrate their start of Christmas. Singing to a hall of visitors to the museum, they found themselves joining in with our favourite carols, something which they probably hadn’t expected on a museum visit! The choir did themselves proud, and we even had a new member on stage who had only been in the choir a few weeks. If plans go as hoped, our next visit to Steam will be on Saturday 24th March 2018, to be in concert with the world-renowned Band of the Household Cavalry – an event not to be missed.

  • SMVC gather at Leekes of Melksham
  • Now dressed for the occasion.
  • Right on cue, Father Christmas arrives – but he declines the offer to join us.
  • We sing a selection of carols.
  • Time for a break – minced pies highly recommended!
  • Transported by Pewsey Vale reindeer we arrive at the Steam museum.
  • Carol singing starts
  • Kate Locke and Vicky Burton lead us to the end in style.
  • Two concerts in a day! – well organised Gordie. And well done to the chorister who all stayed in bed on Sunday.