Living Advent Calendar Day 23 – Barber Shop Boys

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On a stormy, rainy horrible night people still braved the weather to come out to the Living Advent Calendar performance inside at the Kenton Theatre.

Last night’s surprise performance was Vox Pop, an eclectic a-cappella 6-man vocal group. They opened with their rousing arrangement of the 16th century carol “Gaudete” (made famous in the 70’s by Steeleye Span). This was followed by an amusing liturgical prayer honouring the finer points of Motherhood. After haunting close-harmony arrangements of two ever-popular Negro Spirituals (“Deep River” and “Shenandoah”), the mood was lightened with the traditional Barbershop number “My Evaline”.  Returning to the Advent theme, Vox Pop concluded their set with “Away in a Manger” sung to a haunting tune from Normandy.

The evening was sponsored by the Bell Book Shop who provided chocolate coins, christmas cake and mince pies.

The last night of the Living Advent Calendar is obviously tonight – if you haven’t been to any yet, why not join in the fun tonight from 6pm at St Mary’s Church for the last surprise performance.

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