Christmas hasn’t arrived just yet - and St Paul’s Epsicopal Church made the most of that fact at their ‘Not Quite’ Christmas Concert on Saturday evening.
With a packed church, there was an eclectic and varied programme in store, featuring the talents of the Argyll and Bute Ukelele Ensemble, the St Paul’s Singers and stories by the Talespinners.
The Ukelele Ensemble started the night’s entertainment off with Labi Siffre’s song ‘It Must Be Love’, Joe Jackson’s ‘Is she really going out with him?’ and Buddy Holly’s ‘Raining in my Heart.
The Rev Andrew Swift, however, did not escape in displaying his talents to members of the congregation and indeed the public, performing a skit with Sheila Murray entitled ‘I cannot call you Father’, and singing Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘A Policeman’s Lot is not a Happy One’, accompanied by Graeme Allan on piano.
Those in the audience were not allowed to simply sit back and relax – everyone was invited to take part in singing ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’, although there was a bit of a twist involved. Each pew was numbered, and those in that pew were required to stand when their number appeared in the song (the poor ‘Turtle Doves’ must’ve been exhausted at the end!).
The St Paul’s Singers took to the stage and the audience was captivated with their beautiful harmonies as they performed a selection of pieces.
It wouldn’t feel like Christmas without ‘The night before Christmas’, and this was recited by Ed Clark, much to everyone’s enjoyment.
* More in this Thursday’s Buteman.