What a truly tremendously talented travelling troupe of thespians and marvellous mellifluous musicians there are within our Commandery, who proficiently performed under the absolutely ardent anticipation of our very own effervescent and enormously entertaining Commander, Chevalier Mario Rizzardi, during our exceptional Edwardian event held on 23rd March 2018.
Friday's fantastic full-flowing 'Good Old Days' was superbly, sizzlingly successful and was greatly and generously enhanced by the raptly received raffle prizes, which amassed the astonishing amount of £367 from our 58 gregarious guests for our carefully chosen charities.
There was much, mightily enthralled and energised enthusiasm for the professional performances from Mr Peter Ball perfectly presiding as Chairman, ‘Leonard Sachs’; Mr Clifford Bull amazingly acting as Ian Wallace, Joseph Locke and Peter Dawson, and those given by our very own Chancellor - Confrere John Bullock, Consoeur Sue Charles, Mrs Pearl Day and Mrs Julie Crampton. From all of which sprang spontaneous singing, crazily channelled clapping, littered with lots of 'oohs' and 'aahs', from the personable participating patrons who companionably created a marvellous melodious magic, and a wonderful, warm sense of happiness and harmony throughout the entire electrifying evening.
Raucous renditions of the Choruses by our superb supporters, guests and civic dignitaries included those from many much-loved songs, such as ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, ‘Lily of Laguna’ and ‘Just a Song at Twilight’.
One of the firm favourites of the extremely eventful evening was the Monologue – ‘Albert & the Lion’, rambunctiously recited by ‘Leonard Sachs’ and audaciously accompanied by Chevalier Mario at the pianoforte in place of the Entire and Indefatigable Orchestra, as originally conducted by Mr Bernard Herrmann
An ultimately unusual, unique exciting event enabling everyone to have fantastic, frivolous fun and fellowship, whilst helping to make a difference in the lives of others, both here at home, and abroad.