On Sunday 16th December the Alderley Edge Symphony Orchestra played to a packed house at the Methodist Church. A medley of cheerful Christmas music and readings proved to be exactly what was needed on a dark winter afternoon.
The happy, joyful atmosphere was enhanced by the beautiful decorations in the church. The BBC North Staff Choir sang their hearts out and encouraged the audience to do the same when they joined in such favourites as O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
Our guest conductor, Edwina Wolstencroft, said “It was a pleasure to be part of such a lovely, joyful concert – just the ticket for Christmas!”
There was a wonderful spread of home made cakes in the interval, adding to the general festive atmosphere.
Helen Hall, from the orchestra, said “We were absolutely delighted to welcome so many people to our concert. We hoped to raise some money for the Christie Hospital, but the final figure exceeded even our most optimistic estimates. What was equally satisfying was how much everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. One lady told me, as she was leaving, that she had had a lovely, happy afternoon – as an orchestra I think we could not ask for a better accolade than that!”
For more information about the orchestra, and for details of the next concert on 2nd March– A Russian Evening – visit the orchestra website at aeso.org.uk