First came melodic impressions of childhood conjured up by Ryan Stewart and Christel Lindstat. Then the mature and appreciative audience was invited to revisit its childhood, perhaps to reflect on how narrowly members might have survived the dangers of domestic plumbing when they were but skelingtons covered in skin. Roger Ordish weighed-in with a gripping commentary on nature’s seasonal conflicts and joined Josephine in celebrating the folly and passion of youth in verse and prose. The numerous musical contributions continued to punctuate the performance, with The Last Rose of Summer appropriately bringing the first half to a close.
The second section was dedicated to Maturity and Old Age, but there was no lessening of the tempo. We were treated to offerings from Betjeman to Yeats by way of Burns, Coward, McGough and Heaney. Ryan’s piano solos set the tone beautifully and there was a memorable joint interpretation of ‘I Remember It Well’ from Gigi. All the performers complemented each other, perfectly illustrated by Christel’s impassioned accolade to her accompanist – Non, Je ne Regrette Ryan . . . .
There were certainly no regrets on the part of the audience at shelling out to enjoy this spectacle and the champagne and delicious canapés that followed, especially since the show raised €1800 for CSFPG and attracted a number of new members.