ROCKING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE CONCERT
St James the Great Church in East Ham Road, Littlehampton was the venue for the concert as the choir performed "Rocking Around
the Christmas Tree" featuring the musical "Rock Nativity" in the first half.
Rock Nativity recreates the greatest story ever told from the Annunciation to the flight to Egypt with an overall contemporary
pop rock feel and a wealth of memorable songs. The main characters were in full costume, with some of the choir in green waistcoats. The show started in candlelight to Away In A Manger with the rock
beat soon kicking in as the story progressed. A special mention to Mary (Natalie Anderson) and Joseph (Andy Bonsall) whose solos were beautiful, heartwarming and emotional in all the right
places, and who were well supported by an excellent cast of Wise Men, Shepherds, Sheep, Soldier, Caesar Augustus, Inn Keeper and his wife, Angel Gabriel and
With a change of mood and costume for the second half, the choir appeared in Christmas jumpers and Santa outfits and sang well
known traditional songs that had the audience joining in, including the now legendary 12 Days of Christmas, written with new words, that had the audience bobbing up and down as they sang their
alloted line. A lovely rendition of "Santa Baby" was sung by Pat Franklin, surrounded by seven admiring Santas.
Performed over two days, the audience were treated to a fun filled time. There was a surprise appearance of Santa who delighted
the children with gifts, followed by an appearance of the choir's new mascot, Hampton the Hedgehog, who had a fun time dancing with the Mayor of Littlehampton on the Friday
The Saturday matinee promoted the charity Enable Me, based in Littlehampton, who raise awareness of children with special needs
to able bodied children in schools.