Four weeks of weekly rehearsal and the choir was ready for its first performance. Choirmaster Alan Simmons had done a stupendous job of making a random group of singers sound, if not dazzlingly professional, at least in tune.
At 7:30 on Saturday night, we had our final run through in the usual rehearsal hall. Then, abandoning our coats, we hurried through the cold night to the café. Eventually brought to order (and drinks orders temporarily suspended) we launched into our six carols, some French, some English before ending with choir + audience renditions of "Oh come, all ye faithful" and other popular Christmas songs.