Having joined the CBMVC earlier this year, Vernon was keen to start rehearsing for its busy programme of Christmas concerts and returned to the fold as soon as the Careline show, ‘Lest We Forget’, finished.
The song list for the lead-up to the festive season consisted of traditional carols such as ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’, as well as several popular seasonal songs such as ‘I Saw Three Ships’ and ‘When a Child is Born’. The choir also sang an Andalucian carol in Spanish plus, in Latin, ‘Gaudete’, a song originally recorded by Steeleye Span in the ’70s, and in Italian ‘Va Pensiero from the Verdi’s opera Nabucco – quite a challenging repertoire!
After last year’s successful ‘flashmob’ in the La Marina shopping centre in Ondara, the choir arranged another ‘Concert for Shoppers’ on the last Saturday in November. Celia filmed most of the songs, which can be viewed on YouTube.
On 2nd December the choir was invited to take part in the Grant a Wish concert in the Casa de Cultura in El Verger, which it opened with a 30 minute set.
There followed an appearance at the Javea U3A carol concert and another in the church square in Moraira, organised by the Lions.
Finally, there were two, hour-long, Community Carol Concerts in churches in Calpe and Benitachell, the latter being literally ‘standing room only’. You can watch a video of the final song of the Benitachell concert, ‘You Raise Me Up’, here. After this concert, the choir held its Christmas party at a nearby Chinese restaurant, when everyone let their hair down, with lots of impromptu and acapella singing during the evening, including a slightly different version of ‘You Raise Me Up’ – a short clip of which can be seen here!