We received the warmest welcome from Mandy Houghton, the Manager of The Globe, and her team during both the initial planning meeting and our Christmas concert held there on 15th December. We joined forces with The Monday Choir for the second time.
The Globe was attractively decorated: Christmas lights twinkled, it was warm and cosy. I love their informal seating; sofas, armchairs and tables, it lends a relaxing atmosphere in which to perform. The large choir sang ten carols with beautiful arrangements and the eight Hay Writers read their Christmas pieces between the carols. Reaching the high pulpit was like mountaineering for some – a nearby choir member had to give one writer a gentle shove! However, it was an excellent place from which to read and survey all around us.
After the choir and audience left, I announced the winners of our 2015 Fiction Competition which had been judged by Piers Wenger of Channel 4. Our new online coordinator will announce the names of the winners with a flourish – although one of them might embarrass her.
A large group of us stayed for lunch, sitting along a large rectangular table, we all relaxed and delighted in the good sales of our anthology Pick and Mix. We ate truly delicious food. Ooh, and the chocolate brownie I ate before our concert was the best I have ever eaten.
A huge thank you to all at The Globe and we hope we will return to your hospitable venue.