Singing in the festive spirit!
Down by the river in Brentford, near the bridge, building sites, box junctions and the houseboats with their wonderful wood fires, stands a fascinating monument to our industrial past.
The London Museum of Water and Steam tells the story of a place with a pivotal role in the development of our city. Until as recently as 1944, this is one of only three sites in the capital used to pump water into the homes of Londoners. Why 1944? The allied command realised that if the Luftwaffe caught on, the pumping station would move rapidly up their to-do list and the Metropolitan Water Board wisely found an alternative.
It was here on 15th December, among the enormous steam engines, that our community choirs chose to host their first ever Christmas Carol Concert. The crisp night air and an unmistakable festive spark soon had the foyer buzzing with members of the public, singers, Ajmer Grewal, Mayor of Hounslow l and local MPs Ruth Cadbury for Brentford and Isleworth and recently elected Sarah Olney for Richmond Park.
Our choirs are made up of people with a passion for music who, once a week, come together for rehearsals in Bromley, Brixton and Ealing. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to make new friends, learn new skills and take pride in the collective thrill of a new song learned, a difficult middle eight or key change mastered. Plates of mince pies were passed around, Christmas plans toasted and soon it was time to take our seats in the main room. The choir, up lit in festive green and set against a backdrop of the old, traditional machinery, launched into Silent Night, voices soaring under high ceilings that served the music beautifully. Expertly accompanied by Choirmasters Theo and Edward, our singers played a fabulous set of Christmas classics, radiating festive energy and an infectious passion for music, before bowing to rapturous applause from a beaming audience.
A truly special evening in a glorious setting. Our sincere thanks goes out to our choirs, Choirmasters Edward Henderson and Theo Jackson and the wonderful people at the London Museum of Water and Steam, none of this would have been possible without their incredible work.
We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!