Ripon Cathedral 24 Nov 2009 Nov 25, 2009 21:05:35 GMT
Post by Karsten on Nov 25, 2009 21:05:35 GMT
The staff of the Cathedral was more than friendly and so it was comfortable enough to wait there for Hayley's arrival. Fortunately the weather stayed dry when the small party arrived with their bus, but it was very windy and cold and after a short 'Hallo' Hayley disappeared behind the entrance door.
The sound check was simply great. Only a few people were there, and it lasted roughly one hour. Instead of the usual water Hayley used a cup of tea (as far as I saw) against the coldness. The choir consisted of younger and more children than the one at Peterborough and the Coventry Carol was rehearsed twice – really at a very suitable place for this song.
Well, after a short change of clothes I was back at the entry right in time to join Graham and Paddy in starting the queue and soon after 6 pm there were more than enough people gathered waiting in the cold wind.
The concert itself were the same as in Peterborough, of course – with two exceptions: The choir sang not at the beginning, 'only' with Hayley a capella the Coventry Carol, and we got 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' as second encore after 'Silent Night'.
Coming from Germany I like 'Silent Night', of course, and sung by Hayley it's simply great. I don't want to mention all the other songs, because I like them all and so there are really no favourites for me.
Andy was in charge again for playing the shakers – unfortunately I wasn't able to take a photo after the announcement at the beginning that the auditorium should refrain from taking during the performance. So I made only a few during the (three) final applauses, but the lighting was – appropriately for a Christmas Concert – not very good.
I sat on the right side of the nave, therefore I concentrated on the left side of the stage: