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Vivace! Concert - 23 November 2008

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On Sunday 23 November an enthusiastic audience in Southwater Parish Church listened to a very enjoyable programme of music by the acclaimed Sussex choir Vivace!, Director of Music John Sandford. We were delighted that the choir had volunteered to return after their most successful concert last November - sometimes 'repeat performances' can be a disappointment, but this was certainly NOT the case on this occasion. If anything, the choir gave an even more polished performance and the applause from the audience left no doubt about their appreciation.

Vivace! performing at Southwater in November 2007

Vivace! at last year's concert

The evening was, as last year, organised on behalf of Pageant by the Southwater Parochial Church Council, most of the hard work being done once again by Stephen Chapman, to whom we offer our very grateful thanks. Our thanks go also to Dominic Newstead, the Vicar of Southwater, Pat, who made most of the cakes for the refreshments in the interval - and of course, to the choir themselves, whose mixture of talent and enthusiasm is so uplifting.

Vicace! rehearsing before the concert (1)

Vicace! rehearsing before the concert (2)

Vicace! rehearsing before the concert on 23 November 2008

As last year, we were treated to a mix of music - we heard 'The Owl & the Pussy Cat' set to a well-known psalm chant and Flanders and Swann's 'The Sloth', which was sung while 'hanging' from a tree! Other items ranged from plain song to Broadway, with some items being performed by soloists or smaller ensembles, using a variety of musical instruments. We were delighted that the choir included more African numbers than last year - specially so as we had brought them a gift from Banjul's Albert Market of a Gambian drum to add to their instrument collection. The concert raised 236 for Pageant after paying all expenses.

Vivace! is a small choir of mixed voices based in Ditchling, East Sussex, which performs with the aim of supporting good causes. They are well worth going to listen to. Further information on Vivace! can be found on
their website, where you can also find the 2008 concert schedule. To find out more about Southwater Church, please go to the church website.

Pageant is a UK Charity - Registered No 1093963

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