December also offered though rather at the last moment, (luckily we had kept the date free!) the opportunity to participate in the Monmouth Lanterns Parade on the 7th, and although the night was characteristically bitterly cold! Carols were sung at the Monnow bridge and Father Christmas led the procession to outside the town Hall. The choir, after contributions from a local gospel choir and some primary school children sang beautifully-just a couple of hitches with the loudspeakers inaudible at the beginning of the tracks. There was great enjoyment of the children's work and some people sang along to the final Christmas Songs, though Silent Night , Rutters Angel Carol and Joubert's Torches were very much enjoyed. Some choristers returned home immediately, others went for a meal or a look around the festive shops, but the chilliness of the night I think most did leave for warmer places. The professionalism of the choir and the lack of complaints and 'getting on with the job' was impressive.
We are now sorting out our Spring repertoire and have a few places booked- The Parkway Hotel for our St David's Day Concert on March 1, 11th April Celtic Manor 6pm and another private date on May 21st in Cwmbran, but some need confirmation. We also have other opportunities, but will only take two more in the pre-Easter season as this will be plenty for us after Christmas.
The Nidus Choir has no funding and is completely and utterly reliant on parental fundraising and we thank everyone who helped with this during the final December weeks,(and this term generally) singing and collecting money in supermarkets, Christmas shops and stores.We are also so glad for the generosity of the donors who enabled a recent cinema visit for the choir. Panteg Hospital Patients were also delighted as usual. Thank you all.