An air of anticipation, not to say excitement, hung over Aldworth School on Saturday 18th June as members of Basingstoke Ladies Choir gathered for their first annual concert in three years.
Originally arranged for June 2020 the concert began to resemble a rolling stone as it was rolled over not once, not twice but three times finally coming to fruition at the third attempt.
As the hall began to fill, the sense of excitement mounted. The audience size was difficult to estimate as people were coming in hoping to buy tickets at the door. The audience were terrific being both receptive and enthusiastic and enjoyed a wonderfully varied programme of music from both the Basingstoke Ladies and their guests, the award winning The Wessex from Wiltshire, and finishing with a beautifully controlled rendition by both choirs of “And can it Be”.
We were delighted that we were joined for the evening by the Deputy Mayor of Basingstoke, Councillor David Leeks and his wife Amanda and our very supportive patron Dame Maria Miller, the MP for Basingstoke. We were also able to share the exciting news that from September Basingstoke Ladies’ Choir will be adopting the new name of Hampshire Harmony and will be holding their first concert under their new name in Odiham in September.