Katherine on piano
Ready for a solo
Bless this House
Eileen fiddles on the roof
Guild Coffee Evening - 7 March 2016
|Story and pictures - Jim Paterson|
turned out on Monday 7 March for the Guild coffee evening, to hear the
Singing Well choir group, part of the Midlothian Ageing Well
initiative. Singing a selection of songs from shows and films,
many of which we
knew, but others had us scratching our heads a little, kept us all on our toes and foots tapping..
leader Katherine Munro introduced us to the group of eleven singers,
all over the age of 50, but strong in voice. Katherine, on
piano, led the singers through a medley from that familiar show
Fiddler on the Roof, picking songs well known to the audience, 'If I
were a Rich Man',
followed by 'Matchmaker' and finishing with 'Sunrise Sunset'.
Moving to Berlin in the late 1920's we listened to 'Cabaret', from the Broadway musical
hit of 1966. This was followed by 'Aint Misbehavin', a 1929 jazz number
made famous by 'Fats' Waller. The story goes that the song was written
while 'Fats' was in alimony prison, and that is why he was not
After 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' from the
1994 film Lion King we were transported back to the late sixties to
listen to 'For the Good Times.' Penned by Kris Kristofferson, the
song topped the US country music charts in 1970 sung by Ray Price. The
choirs rendition was just as good.
Andy William's song 'May each Day' was followed by Bless this House,
written in 1927, sung by Vera Lynn, and made popular again by Perry
Como in 1956.
singing finished with 'The Merry Widow Waltz' from the operetta
of the same name , written in 1861 by Franz Lehár, but featured
in many stage and screen shows since, including the Alfred Hitchcock
'Shadow of a Doubt , and Ernst Lubitsch 'Heaven Can Wait', both
made in 1943.
After a vote of thanks to our players from Sheila
Haig, we enjoyed our coffee or tea along with a wide
selection of home baking freshly prepared by the Guild members. This
gave us time to chat to the choir members, before Agnes Ovenstone dug
into the raffle tickets to find the winners of the varied range of
prizes on offer.
Coffee time and a chance to chat, before the raffle began
Well is a programme of activities run by Midlothian Council for the
older people in our community, that still feel young in heart. The
activities are part of the Social Care and Health programme aimed
at keeping fit through organised walks, keep fit, pilates, Yoga,
Kurling, dancing and of course singing. You can find out more by
calling the Ageing Well Coordinator on 0131-561 6506, or call in at the
Penicuik Leisure Centre and ask for details.
Guild 2015/2016 season draws to a close with the final meeting of the
season on Monday 21st March for the AGM, followed a by a game of Bingo.
Now that should be good for a laugh. Starts 7.30pm in the church hall.