Even after a year of disruption due to Covid 19 there are many lasting memories remain of the whole series of events which The Committee hope have brought pleasure and enjoyment to a large proportion of the village community and beyond.
The Cosford Military Wives Choir:- We were treated to a beautiful opening concert given by a group of ladies who sing with their hearts – just as much as they sing with their heads. It was not a sombre evening by any means, but their repertoire certainly did pull at our heart strings, and revive our memories – there was a Review of The Sixties after the break. Furthermore there was also some audience participation with the audience being encouraged to sing in “rounds”. Altogether it was a beautiful evening at the end of a beautiful day.
On Monday, The Wombourne School of Music came to entertain us over tea & cakes. We had a pianist/singer (a recently arrived member of the team) who sang some popular “standards”, and a pianist who played a Chopin Nocturne.
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday were occupied with Local Schools who amazed us with their talent, ability and enthusiasm. All three concerts were very good, and were well attended by both parents, and grandparents. The schools involved were as follows:- Blakeley Heath Primary, Belle Vue Primary, St. Benedict’s Primary, Wombourne High School, Westfield Primary, and Highfields School. Collectively they offered us a wide range of songs – both spiritual and popular – with only one duplication:- “Roar”, quite appropriate for young voices !
Friday saw somewhat of an innovation to the festival programme when we were introduced to Shaun Vegas who brought Elvis Presley to life for us once again. Shaun was accompanied by a large band of his regular followers. His interpretation of classic Elvis songs, enhanced by a change of sparkling outfits, had all the church tapping their feet and Rector Paul joining in the Conga.
On Saturday, The Jackfield Brass Band led us in a superb Last Night of the Wombourne Proms . The church was filled with suitably- dressed promenaders who were more than willing to respond to the skill of The Band under the baton of their lively conductor, David Maplestone. Although the instrumentalists are mostly male there are some very talented female soloists. At the risk os singling out one member for comment, the percussionist really did put on good show – especially as he was operating on his own. Watching him in particular during The Dam Busters march was a real education.
In conclusion, The Festival Committee wishes to thank the following:-
- All those who came and played or sang for us.
- All those who helped “back-stage” or “front-of-house”.
- The Rector and The PCC for their support.
- And, last but not least, all those who came to enjoy the performances.