WI choir sings at cricket's big day

Published on: 28 Jul 2017

THE ladies of Bromley Heath WI Community  Choir were bowled over to be asked to sing at the opening match and the first England match at the ICC Women’s World Cup at the County Ground in Bristol.

The international competition returned to the UK for the first time since 1993  and was held at several venues including Gloucestershire. It  was televised worldwide.  

The organisers went the extra mile to make sure the crowds were occupied during the breaks with entertainment including stilt walkers, jugglers, children’s entertainment and of course local talent such as the choir.

The WI Community Choir performed at two matches during July - Sri Lanka vs New Zealand and England vs Australia, which literally went to the final ball of the final over to determine England as the winners. England went on to win the final on July 23.

Julia Alden, a member of the choir, said: “It was a great honour to be invited along to sing at the Women’s Cricket World Cup although it really was very nerve-racking having TV cameras swooping amongst us as we were singing plus with the huge crowds we were worried we would not hear our cues – however with the help of our amazing choir master, Nicholas Bromilow, we held it together and pulled off some of our best performances. The atmosphere was brilliant and those of us who didn’t know the first thing about cricket before found ourselves cheering and supporting the ladies and learning the cricket lingo – it was a fabulous experience and one we won’t forget!” 

The choir welcomes new members: no auditions and lots of fun and cake! (You don’t have to belong to the WI just need to be female!)  It meets once a month at Christ Church hall in Bromley Heath.  Email bhwisubgroups@yahoo.co.uk 

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