The culmination of the River Voice workshops came on a pretty bleak weather day, but those who braved the freezing blasts were rewarded with excellent entertainment at St George’s Chapel in the old Dockyard, a lovely setting.

Bella, Jean, Penny, Karen with friends, Brian with daughters Vicki and Tasha, plus Simone as well as Barbara and Maureen from the Art Club, supported Chris, Evelina, Hans, Norman and Sandra, in a showcase of their weekly sessions.

The concert was topped and tailed by ensemble singing in three part harmony. 'Wade in the Water', a spiritual, and 'Soalle', a lullaby, gave the proceedings a great opening, lovely sounds developed under the direction of Tania Holland-Williams, a professional singer who has worked with RBBG people on a number of occasions. Thereafter there were a dozen or so performances from individuals within the group, solos, duets or trios.

Hans and Chris had teamed up with Tamara, early in
the workshops, and they sang ‘Streets of London’ followed
by a Sunshine Medley; then Hans duetted with Claire (who
most will recognize as KAB’s receptionist) in '(All I Have to Do
Is) Dream', Hans providing guitar accompaniment for all three
sections. We knew that Chris and Hans were born performers
– plenty of our holiday evenings providing ample evidence –
but it was great to see them on stage with the polished version
of those impromptu holiday session

There were standards and songs from the shows from other gifted singers and musicians, before the concert was brought to a close with ensemble renditions of 'Wimoweh', the 'Flower Duet' from "Lakme" and 'Lean on Me' – some real variety there, in just three numbers!

The Mayor expressed the audience’s appreciation for the performances, the contributions of Tania and students from Canterbury Christ Church University, and the support of Medway Council and KAB, in particular Claire who had led the organization of the course.

We all then enjoyed refreshments, provided by the performers, to top off a really enjoyable hour or two, a memorable finale to the River Voice Workshop.

Since the concert, we have heard from Claire:

"A huge thanks for your part in our River Voice concert last Saturday, well done to all! It was certainly extremely well received by the audience and we are thrilled to let you know the total donated was an amazing £493.39!!"

Chrissie Keeley, the KAB's Community and Events Fundraiser, sent a message, saying:

“A massive 'Thank you' to everyone involved in River Voice, especially all those who worked so hard to make the day successful.”

River Voice SOL 1

Chris P, Tamara G and Hans F
singing 'Streets of London'

River Voice with Mayor

The River Voice Lunchtime Concert, held at the St George's Chapel Centre, on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, with visually impaired singers, friends, students from C anterbury Christ Church University - joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Medway.