On Sunday evening of December 4, the Garleton Singers gave their Christmas concert entitled Joy.

Under the direction of their enthusiastic conductor Stephen Doughty, the choir responded and sang very well.

They were supported by a splendid brass ensemble (Aura Brass) and their regular accompanist Caroline Cradock.

The programme was varied in nature and featured quite a lot of American music, which kept the singers focused and on their toes.

This included Alpha and Omega, a suite by Gwyneth Walker, a dairy farmer for more than 30 years.

There were moments of delight and excellent ensemble singing from a choir that seems to be growing in size as well as stature. This is in no doubt down to Stephen Doughty’s rehearsal style.

Even the audience were put through their paces before each of the joint carols.

By the end of the concert, and to a jazzed-up version of Joy to the World arranged by Luther Henderson, prolonged applause ensued, and rightfully so. The audience had been well entertained by musicians and singers alike.