It was always going to be risky for Nikki, inviting the whole choir to her wedding. What if they drank the Raven dry and snaffled all the food before the other guests got a look in? Well, it was a close run thing but in the end the choir did what they do best: they rose to the occasion and partied all night. O, and they sang – and sang rather well actually.

Nikki also did what she does best. She looked divine. She remembered her lines. She might have been late but we can forgive that and she seemed to enjoy the occasion. And the music: Vivaldi’s Gloria, I vow to thee my country, Love divine all loves excelling, Shoshone Lovesong and All you need is Love: a perfect choice for a lovely wedding. And afterwards at the Raven, the Choir sang again for the other wedding guests a selection from their populist repertoire which was much enjoyed. Even John in his new role as husband and dressed as a Country Squire was persuaded to join in. Later there was a Ceilidh and dancing and, I am told, an epic “Strip the Willow”.

Now, there are always lessons to be drawn from these occasions and for Nikki there are at least three:

  • Listen to the Vicar: for the bar manager at the Raven it would indeed be handy to know how to turn water into wine.
  • Do not pose for photographs with your bridesmaids against a background reading: “For hire. Fodder in the field”
  • Live dangerously: invite the Choir to every event you organise.

Our thanks to John and Nikki for a lovely day, our congratulations to you both and wishing you a happy and healthy lifetime together. Priodas Hapus!

Richard Martindale (Bass)


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