We had a fantastic evening on 11th August when we were joined by the amazing Chaps Choir for a joint concert at Museum Street Methodist Church. The "Chaps" had come to Suffolk specially to perform with Suffolk Soul Singers and they produced a brilliant first half to the evening with a range of contrasting pieces, including their very special rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" as well as the humorous "A Drop of Shanty" - A Sea Shanty for metropolitan urbanites!
The second half of the evening featured a varied programme from Suffolk Soul Singers, including our first performance of Aretha Franklin's "Until You Come Back to Me." We were also thrilled to have Dom Stitchbury, Chaps Choir's leader, join us to sing lead vocals on James Taylor's "Shower the People." A fitting, powerful finale to the show saw SSS and Chaps Choir come together to perform the anthemic "You're the Voice," a song that encourages people everywhere to make their voices heard. It was a great way to end a very special concert.
The two choirs had such a good time working together that it is hoped to arrange another joint gig, perhaps closer to Chaps' home ground, sometime in the not too distat future.
Finally, we have to mention the Men's Singing Workshop that Dom had been persuaded to run prior to the evening gig. This was really well attended and the feedback we received from some of the participants was excellent. Most mentioned how good it was to have the opportunity to sing in a 'men only' group. Several returned to take part in the evening concert, performing a couple of songs with Chaps Choir - one a boisterous Sami reindeer call from Finland and, then, in contrast, the gentle "Book of Love." It was amazing to think that they had learnt both songs in just an hour, given how confident they both looked and sounded. I'm sure if Dom returned to do a similar workshop some time in the future, there would be plenty of takers.