That was almost the case on Saturday, 17 April when the Supper Concert with Opera 74 (organised by Helen Stuart) took place. Apparently tickets were being sought after right up to the last moment. And no wonder – what an excellent event it was.

The proceedings began with a rousing chorus from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky, then a well-planned programme with something for everyone followed. We were treated to Viennese operetta, excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan (those brought back memories to many of us), a violin solo by Dvorak played by the conductor and the audience were particularly moved by “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, a very appropriate choice in view of the present situation in Afghanistan. The conductor, splendid soloists, chorus and accompanist were very well received and applauded by the members and friends of St John’s. The concert ended with a chorus from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, which will be their next production. Then came the Supper part of the proceedings and a really nice meal was served by the ‘waiters and waitresses’, the young people of the Church, dressed appropriately. The evening ended with a mint, a cup of tea or coffe and a raffle. In total over £800 was raised for Church Funds.