A MUSICAL fiesta of classic numbers and pop hits helped a community choir hit the right note for charity.
Sing Hammersmith performed a bumper show at St Paul’s Church on Easter Saturday.
Entitled, Flight to Freedom, around 50 members sang a series of songs on the theme of a bird being released from its cage and soaring into the sky.
The concert raised £1,030 for Spear, a six-week training scheme hosted by the church to help young people not in employment, education or training (Neets) gain vital skills to find jobs.
Choirmaster Sam Chaplain, and wife Rachel, who is a freelance oboist and lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music, helped the choir perfect the show in just nine weeks, including writing the song Dancing in the Air.
Mr Chaplain said: “This choir has been the most diverse it has ever been, covering age ranges from students through to members in their 70s.
“We have a very international mix of members from places such as Argentina, Brazil, India, France and Denmark, many of whom had recently come to the UK. The rehearsals were fantastic fun and we enjoyed getting to know our voices better and each other. One woman had come because her doctor suggested she join a choir.”
About 450 guests watched as the women took to the stage first to sing Aretha Franklin’s Natural Woman, before the male singers joined for Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl.
More classical songs included the 16th century Ah Poor Bird, Take Thy Flight Far Above This Dark Night and Bach’s St Matthew Passion.