Accompanist Mike Wood Retires
Our annual Community Concert this year at St Peter's Church, Chertsey on 25th January marked a farewell to our fabulous accompanist, Mike Wood, who is taking a well-earned retirement, having been with us for 27 years. He has seen the choir through four conductors and over 500 concerts! We are sure all our supporters will join us in wishing him all the best for the future.
At the concert, Chairman Andrew Wilson had this to say, on behalf of the whole choir:
"Thank you Mike, for playing for us not just today or this week but for the last 27 years or so, for approximately 500 concerts and over 1200 rehearsals, even though it all started by accident. Mike joined us intending to be a singer but Christine Best quickly sat him in front of the piano to accompany a concert in Hersham and it’s been that way ever since. Thank you for serving the choir through hell and highwater, sight reading pieces at the last minute, keeping us in tune and for being such a great guy to have around. I personally apologise for the tortuous uncertainty of Kalinka over the last 8 years – you can relax now and hand over to another pair of hands, and remember, don’t have nightmares!
We have a little something to present to you. It comes full of good wishes from the whole choir who, together with me and Johnny, bid you a fond farewell, or at least they will when you have played the last piece. Sue, you will officially get your husband back on Tuesday evenings from now on and we have a little something for you too!"