A Feast for Opera Lovers!
When we planned the High Tea Concert I don’t think we had taken into account the fact that it was the first day of Advent so when we arrived to set up the hall ready for the ‘Tea’ it was lovely to find a Christmas tree and lights decorating the place which gave it a distinctive festive air.
The last ticket to this event was sold three weeks before ‘curtain up’ so the first step was to display the ‘sold out’ notice by the main door. We were very sorry to have to disappoint our supporters who didn’t book in time (there’s a moral there, somewhere!) but with an event like this the catering and presentation of the hall were vital to its success.
Jenny and Julie were bakers supreme having prepared a bountiful supply of cakes which were carefully arranged on stands assembled on the day. This exercise was interesting due to the vagaries of screw size versus holes but with the aid of Mike Mackenzie's screwdriver (never goes anywhere without it apparently!) the requisite number of stands were completed in time.
Several of the ladies of the company had been press-ganged into making sandwiches and these all arrived with their contributions which were duly plated up for each table. I think we were all “sandwiched out” by the time we got home!
The first half of the concert went well and when guests were served during the interval they were entertained by the playing of ‘Double Duos’ the alter ego of some of our regular orchestra members.
Despite the failings of the small water heater for tea making (in some cases size does matter) Dave and Liffy Carverhill still managed to produce 120 + cups of tea or coffee so no-one went thirsty.
On to the musical second half which again went well and an appreciative audience applauded our efforts and went home replete both with the music and food intake.
Although it was hard work for the company (preparing the hall and food, serving it and then clearing up afterwards) hopefully they felt it was all worth the effort as apart from the fund raising side of things we also made several new Heber friends who intend supporting our production of Gounod’s Faust next May.