Stunning result

Still reeling and only just pulling myself together after our spectacular success yesterday at our Afternoon Tea concert. The adrenalin rush disappeared halfway through our family celebration curry last night and I lost the power of speech! I know! 😉 So if I felt that exhausted I can only imagine what it was like for the behind-the-scenes teams. I’m truly amazed at the numbers that turned up. We estimate we had something in the region of 180-200. It has thrown my understanding of estimates for concert audiences completely out.

As soon as we have info on the total money raised I will let you know – the Admiral Nurses have to open up their sealed collection tins first. This information can be found in the Fundraising section of this website when available. Our main man for this concert, Jim Tester, is banking the cash and writing a cheque to the Admiral Nurses and I’m investigating getting one of those huge cheques so we can present it to them with some publicity for the papers. But I can say with great certainty it was over £1000.

I’m afraid in all the excitement I missed out so many thanks. I’m mortified that the team doing the teas and cake sale didn’t get a mention. Pat Piggott – you are an absolute star. You have been a fantastic leader throughout; she deserves a medal. With Ali Hickman, Ali’s and my daughters, Denise Leach, and their friends from Scottish Country Dancing on a Monday night (big plug) it was a superb team running the kitchen and cake stall. The tables and table decorations were a beautiful touch – thanks Denise.

Thank you to everyone who went to the trouble to bake a homemade cake. I feel like we just had our own little ‘loaves and fishes’ moment.

Thank you to Edwina Mills and hubby for running the raffle. A great idea which even by itself raised about £350.

Thank you to all our soloists, duetists and trios – you all did a superb job and it really lifted the programme with the variety of music we ended up with. Bethany Lickiss, you are a fabulous singer and I wish you success with your singing career. We’ve done our little bit there to encourage some local talent. Mike Harling, I heard quite a few voices itching to go full volume on the ‘Li-Li Li’ bit of The Boxer. Val Barter and Mig Cutbush put on a feisty performance in Oom Pah Pah  and the opening to River To Pray was really lovely with Doh Williams joining the trio and then the chaps.

Many thanks to Natalie, the vicar of St Leonard’s, who let us have the considerable extra time it took us to feed our ‘5000’ for free. Mark Reeves, our star accompanist also gave us a charity rate. He said he’d love to accompany us again so we can’t be too bad. He was really excellent and it was lovely to be free of the rigidity of the backing tracks.

I’m still trying to piece together how choirs repeat that success. Jim has to be the secret ingredient with his fervent publicising of the event and getting the charity involved. However there’s also something about the community spirit in Horsham – everybody in that audience that I spoke to knew one of our singers or was a member of the church. I’ve never seen anything like it!