A truly great performance: choir of blind young singers debut at RLSB’s Christmas concert

RSBC Choir performing in St-Giles-in-the-Field

The RLSB annual Christmas concert was held last week at the church of St-Giles-in-the-Fields in central London. Hosted by BBC Radio 4’s Jan Ravens, the concert featured a host of performances and the debut of RLSB’s choir.

14-year-old choir member Tyenne Cuffy blogs for RLSB about the concert and how the choir performed.

“The night kicked off with a moving solo performance by Soprano Victoria Oruwari, who also directed the RLSB choir. She sang the opening verse of Once in Royal David’s city. She was then joined by the audience to sing the next four verses.

The crowd buzzed after each performance; laughing at the engaging impressions from Jan Ravens, clapping furiously in enjoyment at the London State of Mind song performed by the RLSB choir.

Then we had a reading from Mill on the Floss by George Eliot read by Times Columnist, Matthew Parris. Yash’s amazing solo of Amazing Grace followed, and a peaceful Handel sonata from a professional String Trio delighted the audience.

A reading by Comedian and actor Tom Skelton really brought an original Christmas story called ‘The Snow Globe’ to life. It was especially written by Sam Obi who is a former student of RLSB’s Dorton College, and is a member of RLSB’s employability programme. You can even download your own copy of The Snow Globe as an audio book.

The whole evening was great and very entertaining. It was a fantastic way to start the festive month of December.

The end performance, ‘Christmas Time’ which was written and produced by the RLSB choir themselves, almost had the audience dancing! It was warming and a truly great performance by a group of very inspiring people.”

Update: In January 2017, RSBC merged with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB). Although we are now called RSBC, there may be some references to RLSB in this blog.

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