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2017 Study Group Show

The November 2017 monthly meeting at St Lukes was, once again, dedicated to our annual showcase of performing talent from among our Study Groups.

Four groups stepped forward to perform and entertain. Their performances were captured on both video and photographs. Thanks are due to Max Black our photographer, to Tony Yates our video cameraman, and to Tim Petigrew who produced the final edited video files

Videos are available on Youtube through the following links.

Recorder group performance 2017
Recorders with Newkuleles joint 2017
Newkuleles group performance 2017
Fun Singers group performance 2017
Senior Moments group performance 2017
Our MC entertains 2017

Photographs are available to view and download from 2017 Show Photographs. A selection are also reproduced below. Use the arrows at the sides of the big image to scroll through.

Here is the report of the show, written by Barbara Woolner, reproduced from our December 2017 Newsletter:

"It was standing room only at our annual study group show. This annual event has grown in popularity and expertise since its inception. Prior to the commencement of the show, the foyer was filled with an eclectic mix of performers mingling and sharing experiences – in some cases mini ‘jam’ sessions occurred which I found most enjoyable. This year extra people from neighbouring U3As added their expertise to our performing groups.
Under the expert guidance of David Cadd, the stage manager, the various groups rehearsed the necessary change overs such that the performances ran smoothly. Then, cameras and music stands in place, the ‘public’ were allowed in to find their seats: there was not a seat to spare!

The study groups participating were the Recorder Group, the ‘Newkulele’ Group, the Fun Singers and Senior Moments – a folk/rock study group. Commencing with the Recorder Group they performed and demonstrated an expansion of repertoire and technique involving a full consort of different recorders, descant, treble, tenor and bass which went very smoothly. They diversified when they were joined by the Newkuleles in a performance of Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’, then ‘Jamaica Farewell’. Newkulele then completed their popular programme, joined at the last minute by Barbara Woolner on the train whistle.
Interval over the audience were ushered back into the hall where the ‘Fun Singers’ – a group which has grown in numbers and confidence - entertained us with their programme which included music drawn from our youth, to which we were invited to join as extra singers. The afternoon’s entertainment concluded with a performance from the much expanded ‘Senior Moments’; this group now included a solo folk violin played by JP [Jean Paul].Ultimately a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon – roll on next year!"