The end-of-year concert at Bingley All Saints church was as enjoyable as ever. A full and enthusiastic audience, a beautifully dedicated church, community carols, the choir and soloists singing and playing their hearts out – what more could one want!
At the end of the concert, the choir showed their appreciation to Alan for his dedication to and leadership of the choir which during 2014 passed the 20 year mark. Chairman David Borley presented Alan with a Certificate of Appreciation – and also one to Alan’s wife Christine (aka Dorothy). Christine is equally dedicated to the choir and has been a driving force behind the Ladies Support Group which plays a vital part in the continued existence of the choir.
Highly deserved congratulations to both of you!
Our joint concert with the hugely talented ladies choir Opus 44 at the Octagon Live, Keighley was very enjoyable and well-attended (a concert time of 2.30 on a Sunday afternoon was very much a new venture for us).
It also marked the results of Steeton’s competition to see who could grow the best moustache in November. Ron Horne from our 2nd Tenor section had challenged the choir as a largely male organisation (but not forgetting accompanist Pat Jones and the Ladies Group) to do our bit for MOVEMBER. This extremely worthwhile movement seeks to raise awareness of (and funds for) men’s health issues, which tend not to have a very high public profile.
MOVEMBER’S most visible activity is this annual challenge to all men to leave their top lip unshaved during November – as a means of a) creating a talking point and b) getting sponsorship to raise funds for the cause.
Over a dozen of our men took up the challenge and the winner was – MD Alan Clark! Alan was presented with his prize at the end of the concert.
The venture also raised £768 for Movember. Well done Ron for kick starting this.