The program developed into a night of many and varied items: solos, duets, small groups, instrumentals, even dance and recitations. It also became an opportunity for the choir to try a mixture of less formal choral pieces. An MC introduces and in some cases even provided an almost ‘stand up’ element to the proceedings. More recently amplification was seen as an impreovement considering the size and shape of the venue, especially for some of the quieter small group pieces.
For the last few years there have been five brackets: three by the choir and two by the soloists and small groups. This arrangement is repeated this year with the women preparing some pieces on their own, the men likewise, adding variety and interest.
Audience and performers arrive from 6.30pm for a 7 o’clock start and sit at large round tables of about ten. They bring and share food and drink during the night. 2018 promises much, there are still some places available – but hurry.