Tideswell choir’s boost for local charities

Tideswell Male Voice Choir performing at Buxton Opera House
Tideswell Male Voice Choir performing at Buxton Opera House

Golden-hearted supporters dug deep into their pockets to help two charities aiding patients young and old.

A concert at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, raised £1,102 to be split between Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Bakewell-based Helen’s Trust.

Tideswell Male Voice Choir’s annual Christmas Spectacular brought joy to the audience who were treated to festive songs and tunes.

Pupils from Longstone C.E. Primary School and South Darley C.E. Primary School teamed up for a choir of 81 singers. Their selection of cute Christmas songs was the most enchanting part of the evening.

It was hard to choose the best part of the children’s performance with much of it having the aah factor. The troupe of little ambassadors carrying flags of nations down the aisle in All Around The World brought a lump to the throat, the posse of cowboys in fur-trimmed hats caused a smile in Cowboy Christmas as did the soloists who started off I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.

Their tutor and conductor Louise Hopkins said: “They have worked so hard and they have been a pleasure to teach.”

Much to the delight of the children, Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills Band changed their programme to play tunes from Pirates of the Caribbean films, which drew the biggest cheer of the night.

Nearly as popular was Yule Dance in which carols such as A Little Town of Bethlehem, Good Christian Men Rejoice and I Saw Three Ships were given Riverdance treatment by the band (minus the dancing).

Colin Davenport was trombone soloist for a shortened When A Child Is Born, enabling a bonus Big Band arrangement of We Three Kings, entitled Three Kings Swing, which featured Stuart Pearson as cornet soloist.

Tideswell Male Voice Choir opened their two spots with one of the best in their repertoire, a beautifully performed Anthem, followed by equally well-sung versions of Bridge Over Troubled Water and He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother.

The choir’s musical director, Dennis Kay, sang his trademark festive solo, Oh Holy Night, followed by the choir’s most ambitious choice and one of the vocal highlights of the night, Ring Out Wild Bells.

During the evening, Emma Vizor, fundraiser for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and Zoe Woodward from Helen’s Trust, described the work done by the organisations, which are reliant on donations.

Gay Bolton