Date 8th December 2021
Society South Shields G & S Operatic Society
Venue St. Michael’s and All Angels Church
Type of Production Concert
Director Marjorie Bolam


Author: Foster Johnson

I have always had a place in my heart for South Shields G and S Society and I jumped at the chance to reacquaint myself with them and review their production of “Let’s Sing Christmas” which was held at St. Michael’s and All Angels Church, South Shields.

The Society has always held a well earned reputation for fine singing and although their numbers have reduced (like so many societies) the quality if not quantity remains and was wonderful to witness again. Devised and Directed by Marjorie Bolam, and with the magical hands of Andrew Richardson at the keyboard, they treated the audience to a wonderful evening’s entertainment of festive themed songs rather than the usual carol concert.

The carols element was provided by Hebburn’s excellent 21 piece Community Wind Band “Off Key” who entertained the audience royally on arrival and midway through the show. What a fine job they did.

Kicking off, the show started with a rousing version of “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas “and built on that. The show content was well chosen and knitted together seamlessly and was full of pace and verve. The Company numbers, for which the Society has always been held in high regard, were a delight. Outstanding highlights were John Rutter’s “Child in a Manger”  “O Holy Night”  “Bethlehem “from Martin Guerre and “That’s What Friends Are For”

However no show would be complete without soloists  and we were treated on this front also with some super  renditions from Ellie Falconer (Who Would Imagine a King) Suzanne Storey(Grown Up Christmas List) Geoff Inskip (When You Believe from Prince of Egypt) Emily Potts(I Wish it Would Be Christmas) Hope Swan(Christmas Children) Shirley Tron (Step into Christmas) Tony Chapman (Who Needs to Dream from Copacabana) James Bassett (Last Christmas) and Gerry Troughton (The Little Boy Santa Forgot) Gerry who could ever forget you!!

Overall a night to remember.