At midday on Saturday 16th of July, the sun shone down warmly as The Phoenix Voices gathered at Holy Trinity Church ready to provide some entertainment at Yeovil's Ecofair. Ignoring the tantalising smells coming from inside the church kitchen, we set ourselves up under a gazebo out of reach of the strongest of the sun's rays. Once we had positioned MD Kris and his electric piano into a shady spot and ensured that we all had a cold drink to hand, we picked up our music folders ready to begin. A few curious fair-goers had gathered in front of us and I spied a few tapping feet as we began giving everything to the ‘Grease Medley.’ Our audience came and went as they drifted around the church grounds exploring the stalls but they would often find themselves pulled back by the energy of the music.
We sang and jiggled our way through a wide repertoire of songs, including a rousing rendition of ‘I Will Follow Him’ from Sister Act and the popular ‘Beach Boys Medley.’ Staying on the summer theme, we very much enjoyed singing an old favourite of ours ‘Walking on Sunshine’ – that one always gets us moving! ‘Fields of Gold’ also seemed to fit well with the gorgeous summer afternoon we were experiencing. It wouldn’t have been right to sing at an Ecofair without performing ‘Earth Song’ and the words ‘The scorched earth cries out in pain...’ seemed to strike a chord with the nearby stall holders who were there to promote the things that we can do to help to save our world. Our final song was the goose-bump inducing ‘You Raise Me Up’ and then we finished - hot but smiling - feeling proud that we were able to support this community event that carried such an important message.
After the singing had ended, we invited guests to the fair to visit us and find out more about the ethos of the choir. Did you know that we are the world’s first Eco Choir? This is something that we are very proud of and we are also very happy to be able to bring music to community events like this. We hope to see you at a local event soon!