It’s several decades since I was urged to stand up in my seat and sing – but somehow when Gareth Malone asks it’s a no brainer.
Sixteen voices turning Sting’s Fields of Gold into a choral piece and there we were, joining in with that iconic chorus.
It was the first of several audience participation moments – two words I’d normally avoid but, in the uplifting company of our genial host and 16 fabulous young singers, all inhibitions were shed.
Bernard, plucked from the audience to be the soloist for Stand By Me, was even improvising when he took to the stage with Britain’s favourite choirmaster.
There were too many stand-outs to name, in an evening’s entertainment that sparked several standing ovations, not least for the choir from Cheshire Fire and Rescue who reprised Bridge Over Troubled Water from Gareth’s BBC Two series Sing While You Work.
Three military wives sang Wherever You Are; there was Radiohead’s No Surprises; and Erasure’s A Little Respect. Excellent choices of material for a fun show brought new, fresh meaning to the word ‘choir’