What a great show!
Last Saturday all three Express Yourself singing groups gathered in front of family and friends to put on a fabulous winter show. I know I always say our concerts are the best yet, but this time I really mean it. All three choirs were word perfect, pitch perfect and even dance move perfect!! I know!
Show Tunes Choir opened the show with “Comedy Tonight” from Something Happened on the Way to the Forum. An ideal song to open with! This was followed by a classic Burt Bacharach number from Promises, Promises called “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”. We sang two songs from the amazing Tim Minchin musical Matilda; “Naughty” and “When I Grow Up”. Quite a challenging couple of songs for the timing but totally worth the effort. I think these were my favourites of the Show Tunes set. Without puppets we sang a heart rending version of Avenue Q’s “There’s A Fine Fine Line” and then we finished with the classic from Oliver “Who Will Buy”.
Next up were the beautiful harmonies of Glee Club. This is my chance to perform as Glee Club don’t need a conductor. We started with a beautiful rendition of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” followed by Alicia Keys anthemic “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down”. We cranked up the emotions with a classic from En Vogue, “Don’t Let Go” and then rocked into the interval with “Wings” by Little Mix.
During the interval my hard working charity fundraisers, led by Jenny, sold tickets for our raffle. Traditionally our Winter Show star prize is a Christmas homemade hamper. I’m sure this helped us with our raffle ticket sales! We ended up raising £140, bringing our total for the year to £400!! Every penny raised over the year is being sent to the Worcester branch of Women’s Aid to help women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse. A very worthy cause so well done everyone for your hard work and kind donations.
The second half was dominated by the amazing Express Yourself Pop Choir. I knew in the dress rehearsal we were going to be in for a treat and I wasn’t disappointed. It felt like a party on stage! At Pop Choir we love mixing up current chart hits with classic pop and this term was no exception. We kicked off with “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys followed quickly by Janelle Monae’s infectious chart hit “Dance Apocalyptic”. A change of pace with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles and their motown hit “You Really Got A Hold On Me” and Caro Emerald’s reggae version of Jason Mraz’s popular song “I’m Yours”. Jump back in time to the 1970s and Wings with “Jet”. When I say jump, I mean literally! Our boys at the back, always up for a bit of fun, demonstrated spectacularly timed jumps, with cheesy pointing. It really made the song, and made the audience chuckle too. Well done boys! We followed that with a bit of a tongue twister from the Midlands sensation Jake Bugg, “Lightning Bolt”. Another favourite of the choir. To finish the set we sang two songs by The Kinks, “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night”
Now with it being Christmas we couldn’t let the Finale go by without singing our favourite Christmassy songs! All the choirs, and some of the audience, raised their voices to sing “I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Frosty The Snowman” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. Then, because it’s got to be done, we finished with the world’s best Christmas song! Of course, it’s “Fairytale of New York”. What a classic and so much fun to sing. The audience went wild!
Thank you to all of my singers and all of your friends and family who make up our audience. It couldn’t be done without you. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and I’ll see you all again on Monday 6th January! By then I will have chosen our next batch of songs! It’s no mean feat when faced with an unlimited supply of amazing choices! If only we could live forever so that we can keep on singing!
If you want join our fun audition-free pop choir then get in touch. We meet every week in term time at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Worcester. We’d love to have you!