The Spring Fundraising Variety Concert

Chorlton Good Neighbours  Fundraising Variety Concert
28th April 2012
This musical event raised much needed funds for Chorlton Good Neighbours. Many thanks to all the singers and groups who gave their time and performances for free. Also thanks to all the volunteers who contributed to making this event such a great success. Here are clips from some of  the performances on the day

Loreto College Percussion Ensemble

The group was formed to showcase the talents of a number of drummers who have passed their Grade 8 examinations on the drum kit/percussion and as a vehicle to stretch and challenge them. They have performed at numerous events during this academic year, including opening the College Award Show at Manchester town Hall in December as well as entertaining the Chorlton Rotary Club at their annual Gala Evening back in October. They compose most of their material themselves and enjoy bringing a number of styles and influences into their music.

The Loreto College String Ensemble 
The Loreto College String Ensemble is a chamber group that forms part of Loreto College’s “Music Programme”. They meet on a weekly basis and their repertoire mainly consists of arrangements of Baroque or early Classical material.
The Sweet Cordials 
The Sweet Cordials are Carolyn and Jo. In this clip of them at Chorlton Good Neighbours’ fundraising concert on April 28th 2012, Carolyn sings “I will Survive and “Nine to Five”
and Jo sings and accompanies on the ukelele
The Beech Band 
Members of the famous Beech Band, led by Les Jones, played at Chorlton Good Neighbours Spring Concert. They finished with a rousing version of  Ewan MacColl’s “The Manchester Rambler” sung by Ken. This was very appropriate as this week saw the 80th anniversary of the mass trespass on Kinder (
Elaine Evans
Elaine Evans combines her solo career with membership of the Halle choir and bringing up her 2 young daughters with her husband David. Studying for a diploma in choral singing,  Elaine kindly came long to share her lovely voice with us all at Chorlton Good Neighbours.  In this clip she sings “I Could have Danced All Night” from West Side Story
Amanda Latham & Tony
Chorlton Good Neighbour’s very own Amanda Latham (Wheelchair Support Worker)  and her guitarist, Tony, perform at the Spring Concert. This clip is of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
The Melodics
Formed a couple of years ago, and led by Lea Cavanagh, the Melodics are Chorlton Good Neighbours very own singing group, practising a variety of songs each Thursday at 11:30 am in the big hall. In this clip they finish with their own version of the “Neighbours” theme tune, dedicated to coordinator, Helen Hibberd. The familiar song now becomes – “Chorlton (Good) Neighbours”
Catherine Tarpey
15 year old Catherine Tarpey, grand daughter of one of our members and a student at Loreto High plays the Cornet. Here is a clip of her playing “Maria” from West Side Story
The Part Timers Choir
The finale to end the Chorlton Good Neighbours concert was a performance of classical and other songs by a group of singers who rehearse in their free time at the Bridgewater Hall and who call themselves, the Part Timers. Their songs range from traditional motets to popular songs of the thirties. Their terrific final number was their version of “Goodnight Sweetheart”, originally recorded by the Ray Noble orchestra with singer Al Bowley in 1931