Fifteen singers and two very well-behaved dogs pitched up to our monthly sing at the Chichester Inn on Thursday evening. Our voices blended beautifully and we enjoyed singing through many of the songs on the set list for our concert at Bateman’s next month. This 17th-century house in Burwash, East Sussex was once the home of Rudyard Kipling and this year is celebrating the centenary of the end of the First World War. So we sang songs pertaining to Kipling and military service, notably Oak, Ash & Thorn, Follow Me ’Ome, All Things are Quite Silent, Home Lads Home, The Ladies go Dancing at Whitsun, The Nightingale and Ha’nacker Mill.
After a break to refill our glasses, Gordon taught us to sing his very amusing self-penned song The Three Moles, Anne and Alan gave us a lovely winter song entitled The Fields Lie Silent Now which has a very nice chorus, and Dave (acting on recent suggestions that we perhaps need a couple more Great War songs in our armoury) led the group in singing an easy medley of Keep the Home Fires Burning / Long Way to Tipperary / Pack up Your Troubles and a rousing version of Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire, all of which went down really well, especially when we split into parts and tried singing the three medley songs all at the same time! We finished the evening by singing Sussex by the Sea and then some of the ladies broke into We’ll Meet Again as we packed up. Well we will indeed meet again next month at 8pm at the Chichester Inn on Thursday 16th August. Hope you can join us!