Fund-Raising Spring Concert Takes Place at Acton Church

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

A fund-raising ‘Spring Evening Concert’ took place in front of a capacity audience at St Mary’s Church, Monks Lane in Acton, near Nantwich on Saturday 7th May 2022.

Acton Operatic Society with churchwarden Stephen Davies (centre) (photograph: Jonathan White)

The concert featured the highly acclaimed Acton Operatic Society who performed the best of Lerner & Loewe and Cole Porter among others.

Visitors arrive at St Marys Acton for the Spring Concert (photograph: Jonathan White)

Act One featured Camelot (from Camelot), How to Handle A Woman (Camelot), If Ever I Would Leave You (Camelot), Wunderbar (Kiss Me Kate), Always True to You Darling (Kiss Me Kate), Almost Like Being In Love (Camelot), Waiting For My Dearie (Brigadoon), Where Is The Life That Once I Led (Kiss Me Kate), Brush Up Your Shakespeare (Kiss Me Kate), The Merry Widow Waltz (Merry Widow), Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler on the Roof), Gigi (Gigi), The Night They Invented Champagne (Gigi), Without You (My Fair Lady), Get Me to the Church On Time (My Fair Lady), 

Acton Operatic Society perform at the Spring Concert (photograph: Jonathan White)

Acton Two featured Ascot Gavotte (My Fair Lady), There But For you Go I (Brigadoon), Matchmaker (Fiddler on the Roof), Far From the Home I Love (Fiddler on the Roof), Sabbath Prayer (Fiddler on the Roof), I Remember It Well (Gigi), It Takes a Woman (Hello, Dolly), So In Love (Kiss Me Kate), We Open in Venice (Kiss Me Kate), Wouldn’t It Be Luverly (My Fair Lady), Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (High Society), Well, Did You Evah? (High Society), I Could Have Dance All Night (My Fair Lady), With a Little Bit of Luck (My Fair Lady).

Acton Operatic Society perform at the Spring Concert (photograph: Jonathan White)

The comperes for the evening were Stephan Davies (Churchwarden) and Deborah Cornock (Acton Operatic Society).

Refreshments of wine, soft drinks and a range of delicious sandwiches were served during the interval. There was also a prize raffle. 

Profits from the concert will be split equally between the Disasters Emergency Committee (Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal), Acton Operatic Society and St Mary’s Acton.

The Disasters Emergency Committee brings together 15 leading UK aid charities, raising funds to quickly and effectively respond to overseas disasters.

Acton Operatic Society formed in 1920 to provide funds for local charities who were in urgent need and to develop local musical and dramatic talent in the area. Now over 100 years later they are still providing the local area with high quality entertainment and helping aspiring performers to achieve their dreams of performing on stage. Their next concert is performing ‘The Addams Family’ at Crewe Lyceum Theatre from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th November 2022: https://crewelyceum.co.uk/Online/tickets-crewe-the-addams-family

A representative from St Mary’s Church, Acton said: “Acton Operatic Society are truly wonderful – the evening was a whistle stop tour through the best of musical theatre, the atmosphere was electrifying and the 160-strong audience were uplifted by their outstanding performance. We can’t wait for the next one!”

Future events at St Mary’s Church, Acton: 

  • Queen’s Platinum Jubilee themed ‘Tea at the Tower’ community café event on Sunday 5th June 2022 (2-5pm). Hot drinks and cakes are being served on traditional trestle tables both outside and inside the church. Bunting and flags will adorn the walk ways to the church marquee. Bring your own fizz or beer. Donations are gratefully received.
  • ‘Tea at the Tower’ community café – run by church volunteers and takes place every Sunday afternoon (2:30-4:30pm) throughout the year. Hot drinks and cakes are available. Donations are gratefully received.
  • ‘Tea at the Tower’ guided monthly walks. The walks are at a relaxed pace and the 5-mile route will mainly involve canal towpath and lane walking and only a small number of stiles will be negotiated. Stout outdoor shoes or walking shoes/boots are recommended. Ample car parking is available in the Acton village car park. All are welcome, including dogs on leads. Donations are gratefully received. All walks start from St Mary’s Church, Acton at 1pm (please meet for 12.45pm at the Church), and for those who wish to indulge in cake and a drink, walkers will be back in time to visit the Acton Church ‘Tea at the Tower’ community café. The future dates for the walks are: Sunday 12th June, Sunday 3rd July (Summer Challenge walk, 8 miles), Sunday 7th August and Sunday 4th September.