Over a hundred members and guests attended the Annual Carol Concert at the club, which was performed by our Members’ Choir, directed by Penny Thompson with Ted Coghlan on the keyboard. Ted, who for several years worked in the office with the accounts, has enjoyed coming back to the club as the accompanist for this concert.
This year’s concert was a special tribute to the late Sally Anderson who sadly passed away just after Christmas last year. Sally started the Club Choir in 2000 and apart from a couple of years’ break the choir have entertained the membership with the annual Carol Concert each year since then. The programme, which had been put together by Leo and Christine Coligan, consisted of a mixture of well known Christmas Carols as well as some entertaining and thought provoking readings and poems with a Christmas theme.
Rehearsals for the Concert had been going on since October and the audience enjoyed listening to the “Choir only Carols” with beautiful harmonies and some excellent solo and duet performances. Everyone enjoyed the mince pies and mulled wine served in the interval.
The Captain and Lady Captain were both in attendance and took an active part in the Concert as the Captain gave a reading and the Lady Captain gave a vote of thanks.
The Lady Captain said: “What a wonderful concert to start the festive season at West Lancashire. It is certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas”, which was one of the Carols the choir sang. She went on to say “Who can fail to be moved by familiar Christmas words and music, beautifully sung and performed by our own talented musicians, singers and readers”.
A collection for the Christie hospital which looked after Sally so well when she was ill raised £309 on the night.