Grantham Choral Society’s annual Christmas Carol Concert is one of those events on the calendar which marks the start of the yuletide season.
Never mind the pre-Christmas shopping , 90 minutes spent listening to, and sometimes joining in, traditional Christmas music is a real trip to what the festive season is about.
And this year, thanks to additional backing by the King’s School Brass Ensemble, it reminded me of those halcyon days when the Salvation Army played carols on St Peter’s Hill and we would come out of the Railway (later Guildhall) Tavern to join in.
Of course, these days when we join in to sing (or lipsynch) While Shepherds Watched in the formal surroundings of Christchurch, we stick to the lyrics on the programme.
In fact the lads from King’s are more accomplished musicians than the local Salvationists were, even without the legendary Fred Selby on bass drum.
And talking of drummers, little Eddie, turned out to be a star turn as a drummer. The ladies in both choir and audience had aaahhhs in their eyes as they watch the little lad in a Santa hat keeping strict time discipline. Bet his granddad was proud of him.
He was with Grantham Preparatory School Wind Ensemble, replacing the usual school choir.
The following night was more traditional with the choir of Harlaxton School. (Note to organisers – can we have both next year).
Both sets of music makers ensure that Grantham’s reputation for producing some great musicians is secure for the future.
But above all, the local society of the 51-year-old choral society, and still boasting founder members, belted out the anthems with aplomb.
It was a grand night for singing and a reminder in these commercial times of what Christmas used to be.