200 people attend Station Singers concert in Richmond

Station Singers at the concert at St Mary's Church.

A 200-strong audience at St Mary’s Church in Richmond enjoyed an evening of songs on Saturday with proceeds going to the Save our Swale campaign – a group of volunteers who are determined to clean up the river.

The Station Singers were in fine voice as they went through a repertoire of songs old and new, with plenty of audience participation thrown in.

The concert was entitled ‘Songs for a fragile world’ and was held only days before privatised water companies across the land announced their latest multi-million profits.

The Station Singers comprise three choirs and were led by musical director Carol Gedye, accompanied by Kay Bromhead, with piano by Brett Overin.

Each choir sang a series of songs, with all three choirs starting and finishing the concert. It began with an ensemble piece entitled ‘Yanamamo,’ which tells the story of the indigenous Amazonian tribes who live in the rainforest and was watched by lyricist Anne Conlon.

The programme included the following, sung by the three Station Singers choirs – Branch Line – The Ash Grove, The Rules, Be Cool, Be Green, Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat, and On Top of the World.

Platform 1 – Why We Sing, The Rain in Spain, Keep it Good, John Barleycorn, Take Me up the Tyne, Song of the King.

Platform 2 – Something told the wild geese, Seal lullaby, What a Wonderful World If I had a hammer and River dance.

The audience joined in with ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ and Beautiful Dale, written specifically about Swaledale.