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Encore, Encore

Wymondham-based Encore choir delighted the audience at Hethersett Methodist Church with an evening of mellow music that mixed the West End with the world of tuneful pop. 

Encore were formerly known as the South Norfolk Operatic Society and have been delighting audiences for the over 25 years since their formation in 1984. 

Under the direction of Katie Vaughan, the choir ran through a repertoire that was both diverse and stimulating and ranged from the earthiness of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” – a song that seems to improve despite its over exposure over the past couple of years – to the dreamy wishfulness of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” 

The choir once again proved that the timeless music of the Beatles can be incorporated in any setting from classical to rock with a beautiful rendition of “Here Comes the Sun.” They also illustrated the beauty of timeless classics such as Henry Mancini’s Moon River, through the Fleetwood Mac written Songbird, which most people now associate with Eva Cassidy, to Sting’s incomparably romantic Fields of Gold and Marvin Hamlisch’s wonderful “The Way We Were.” 

There were also songs from shows as diverse as “Beauty and the Beast”, “Billy Elliot,” “the Producers”, “The Woman in White”, “Chicago” and “Oliver” and medleys of songs from “Mamma Mia” and the 1950s. 

The choir is on the lookout for new members in all voices and more information is available by telephoning 01953 604881 or via the groups web site at 

The choir will be taking part in a Step Into Spring concert in Wymondham Abbey on 17th April in a show that is being produced and directed by Samantha Jessop, a former pupil of Hethersett High School who is in her final year studying music at the University of East Anglia. 

The concert will feature a number of guest artists providing favourite melodies for a spring evening and will raise funds for the Musical Keys children’s charity. Tickets at £8 (concessions £7 – under-12s free) are available from Geo Reeve in Market Street, Wymondham, on 07811 675 203 or on the door

 Peter Steward