Carols in Central Hall

On Saturday 15th December the Theatre Group set off on a very cold and blustery day to Central Hall Westminster in London for a carol singalong We had a good journey but unfortunately this new venue was not “geared up” to take the amount of people going. The beautiful venue was packed. We headed down to the cafe’ in the basement which was “heaving.” Some of us wanted lunch some a coffee. We had to queue for at least half an hour and then “scramble” around to find a seat and table. The conductor Jonathan Cohen was great at audience participation but most of us felt this big hall lacked atmosphere and even he acknowledged that not everyone could hear – or see the orchestra or choir which were excellent. When we came out it was pouring with rain and the streets and pavements of London were awash. Our driver took us down a part of Oxford Street and Regent Street to see the lights and then to Harrods to see their window dressings. Personally I did not think a lot of the lights but this could have been because of the awful weather. Certainly people shopping must have been soaked. The journey seemed very long on the way home but I have had some lovely feedback and on the whole it seems most people enjoyed this new venture for us.

Penny Young U3A theatre group

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