Singing at Goring Golf Club’s Ladies Night

By Linda Baugh, Baritone

At the end of last year we were asked to keep Friday 22nd March free in our diaries as the Barberettes had been asked by Goring and Streatley Golf club to perform at their Ladies evening at their club house as a surprise for the guests. This would have made it nearly four years to the day since we last had the fortune of singing for them in 2015!

We arrived around 9.15pm, gathered in the car park and were then escorted to our ‘dressing room’ (the Ladies Golf changing room) trying to ensure no one saw us!  It was here we applied our lipstick, very thankful for the large mirrors in the room ensuring we were all ‘looking good’ and we warmed up our voices (quietly of course!!) 

As it was a surprise we needed to go up some steps and onto the stage behind the curtains without anyone hearing us. Did we manage it? Read on to find out …

The curtains were pulled back, I don’t know who was more surprised the audience or us (we did not know how many people would be there). The audience were not expecting to see a chorus of ladies standing there ready to sing – that’s for sure!.

Our lovely MD Emma couldn’t make it to this event so we were ably directed by Claire (Lead Section Lead), Helen (Baritone Section Lead), Marcia (Chair and Bass Section Lead) and Loraine (our amazing choreographer) who did a resounding job and lead us superbly.

We started the performance with ‘We go together’ from Grease, followed by Aquarius, which went down brilliantly (it’s always a good start to see an appreciative reaction from the audience). We then sang various other songs from our repertoire including our Andrew Sisters medley, Motown medley, Crazy little thing called Love, Skyfall, How deep is your love, In the mood and ending – as always – with our rendition of It’s Raining Men – which is always a crowd pleaser!

At the end of our performance it was great to see how much they appreciated our singing by some of the audience giving us a standing ovation and a call for an encore.  Well, we couldn’t refuse that request could we? So, after a brief deliberation between our section leaders, we ended up singing Mr Sandman.

As they gave us their thanks for performing we were commended on how we actually managed to get on the stage quietly without anyone hearing us.  I must say we did feel very pleased we had achieved this element of surprise (it was a mean feat trying to get approx 25 ladies onto a wooden floored stage in heels quietly). 

We were also commended on the variety of songs we sang as well as the initial impact we had made in our pink tops on stage. It’s great to know that our singing can be appreciated with such enthusiasm.  A great evening was had by all. We look forward to singing for them again in the future.