On 27 April 2019, the Adstock Singers hosted their first soiree al fresco in the orchard. Due to the 40 Kn winds in the early part of the evening, the majority of the talent was shown off in one of Adstockistan’s new shelters. There were some excellent turns from the singers themselves, from Ukrainian folk songs to audience participation with cup percussion – too much coordination required for some! “Ladstock” were also impressive with a few new songs and a not so noisy AGOG re-marketed as Beards and Blues tried to get the tent singing with a few old classics.
The star was undoubtably Emma Shudell who gave an excellent rendition of Martha’s Harbour by All about Eve – absolute silence in the tent, just the gale outside providing a bit of atmosphere.
Once the wind had died down a little bit, the fire was lit and everyone sat around the Kadai for more music and a drumming workshop by Diana Medden, not even smoke in the eyes dampened the enthusiasm – might have been the drink. Diana had also written a ghost story and the evening was finished off with the Highwayman poem, a very brooding end to the day as the clouds whisked past the moon.
A fantastic evening and a great way to christen one of the new tents, but more importantly, it raised £170 for the Brain Tumour Trust.