ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT by Tom Guest

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This Christmas Night

On the 14th and 15th December the Lyric Singers, Lirica and SLYC performed their annual Christmas Concert in the Parish Hall, Sedgefield. The three choirs sang to sold out audiences each night, performing a wide variety of Christmas carols, pop songs, and festive favourites. The Senior Lyrics performed 2 sets of music that included Bob Chilcott’s ‘Christmas Tide’, stunning new versions of Christina Rosetti’s ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ and the traditional ‘Away in a Manger’ as well as choral favourite ‘Iona’. The Youth Choir took on the challenges of ’Rudloph the Rednosed Reindeer’ alongside more challenging songs like Malcolm Hawkins’ ’The Riders’, the upbeat ’Reindeer on the Roof’ and Slade’s well loved Christmas number ’Merry Christmas, Everybody’.

Lirica performed a set of challenging music that included Pentatonix version of ’Mary did you know?’, a difficult version of ’Gaudete!’ again by Bob Chilcott and ’Bethlehem’ from Boubil & Schonberg’s musical, Martin Guerre. The Lyric singers were joined in the final song ‘A Holiday Sing-Along’ an arrangement of popular songs, by the audiences each night, ending what made a fantastic two evenings of entertainment. As usual the Lyrics and the Youth Choirs will be starting back in January and would welcome new members to their ranks. The Youth Choir rehearses on Friday evenings from 6.00 to 7.15, while the Senior Lyrics run from 7.30 to 9.00. A warm welcome awaits from both choirs; no previous experience is necessary.


What a year!

2018 has been another spectacular year for the Sedgefield Arts scene. There have been a variety of performances from local groups, including the Sedgefield Players and SPYS, the Lyrics Choirs as well as from individuals at the Open Mic nights in Ceddesfeld.

The Sedgefield Rock and Blues Club has had another outstanding year as did the annual Folk and Drama Festivals and the regular folk nights at the Cricket Club. A new comedy club started in Sedgefield and we very much hope to see it go from strength to strength and build up audiences.

There have been exhibitions at Ceddesfeld and the Manor House, and one of the highlights for me this year was the Sedgefield Show (I was a first-timer). Thanks as ever must go to the hundreds of people who volunteer their time and effort into making Sedgefield such a wonderful place to live, with so much to offer.


Looking to get fit in January?

A new Yoga class will be starting in January 2019. The classes are for people of all abilities, and will take place at Mordon Village Hall, on Wednesdays at 5.30pm. Places must be pre-booked with Amy (07595 223061 or anvesakayoga@gmail.com).