It’s times like last night that you realise there is more to life than Trump and Brexit. Who and what are they anyway? It has become too depressing to deal with either and in this last week when my oldest and bestest friend passed away, there has to be something better in life.
A Touch of Class put on a Valentine’s Day show in Lux Mundi last night. My days of Valentine cards and Roses are long gone but as I arrived at the centre last night a kindly soul handed me a spray of pink carnations and red roses which are now centre place in the apartment I am renting.
The pretty fragrant spray was thrust into my hand ‘there’s one left and we’d like you to have it,’ which sort of set the tone for the evening.
There was a generosity of spirit as the five men and nine women entertained us for around three hours with a short interval for tapas, one each, and one glass of wine, a choice of red or white. There was a raffle too which also raised much needed funds.
The show was just delightful. Good generous people are the words which kept spinning around in my head. The generosity of spirit was there as all were equal and each singer or musician had their opportunity to star and take a solo bow. And they could sing and keep perfect timing with routines – something I for one of the Baltimore Singers have found great difficulty with.
The gowns at times were glittering swathes twirling as the nine songstresses animatedly added to the meaning of the words which were sung clearly and with much emphasis on ‘love’ as this was after all a Valentine’s Day concert.
The five men in dinner jacket and gleaming white shirts had a glitter all of their own with neat bow ties, two sparkling pink ones and three equally bright glittery red ones.
Two men, one who changed from sound control chief to musician for his numbers, with one of the other of the five, strummed guitars as they sang along. There was humour as some standard lyrics were changed to suit the occasion and the medley of songs ranged from Lonnie Donnegan and that dreaded chewing gum on the bedpost overnight, to Elvis Presley’s ‘Will you love me tonight’, a selection of Beatles’ songs, and from the musicals a gun toting, Deadwood Stage .
When requested the audience sang along and two heroes from the audience, men of a certain era twisted and bopped their rear ends when commanded by Pauline, the group’s musical director.
Pauline’s smiling face set the tone for the evening, which was happy, innocent with a touch of mischief and who could help but smile back at such joy. Pauline’s said to be strict in rehearsal and rehearsals have been long and hard.
One of the first lady aviators I had the privilege of interviewing in Castletownshend, Mrs Warren, wisely told me that if we give something we are actually doing it for ourselves. She was explaining why she had given the Boathouse to the village. It takes a while but think of it and the pleasure you do get from giving something, whether it is a compliment or a gift that delights its recipient.
A Touch of Class were very much the givers and receivers last night as the pleasure they had in entertaining us was matched by the wonderful applause and reception they received, which brought much-deserved joy to them. They were doubly giving because all profits raised from the concert and the raffle will help feed the 28/29 homeless people who are fed in Lux Mundi each day.
So there are the Brexiteers and there are the Trumps. What value do they have? Very little I would say. They will disappear into history both blots on humanity whereas everyone who volunteered last night and A Touch of Class would have no truck with choosing what nationality would receive the food they had helped raise money for.
It’s great to know that there are still good people in this world. The unsung heroes.