Bourn Concert, 20th October 2013

The Moonlighters performed at Bourn as part of a concert with many other local musical acts. The programme was a variety of our repertoire, some from America in the early 20th Century. We performed in two sections, the first was mainly hits of the 1930s, which remain popular to the present day.

  • I’ve Got Rhythm
    Gershwin standard sung by many famous singers including Ethel Merman who also sang the following song:
  • Miss Otis Regrets
    This is Cole Porter’s story of a lady who comes to a bad end because of a man! 
  • Tea for Two
    We finished with a much frothier jazz hit from 1924, which has been used for a McVities biscuit advert in 2005 and even sung by the Muppets!

The second section began with two more hits from the 1930s.

  • Let’s Do It!
    Another Cole Porter song, our version is both less risque and shorter than many others
  • The Continental
    The song won the first Academy Award for best original song in 1934. It was sung by Ginger Rogers when it appears in a 20 minute dance sequence by Fred and Ginger in The Gay Divorcee.
  • Honey Pie
    From the 1960s, this song may not sound like a Beatles number, but it is Lennon and McCartney’s 1968 homage to British Musical Hall. 

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St George’s Day Concert, 19th April 2013

The Biggleswade Ivel Rotary asked if we could provide some entertainment at their St George’s Day dinner in April. We put together a special programme to perform for them after dinner including their requests.

The running order was:

  • Once, Twice, Thrice
  • My Spirit Sang all Day
  • The Long Day Closes
  • Who Shall Win my Lady Fair
  • The Turtle Dove
  • I Love my Love
  • Tea for Two
  • The Continental


  • I Gave her Cakes and I gave her Ale
  • Oranges and Lemons
  • The Owl and the Pussycat
  • Memory
  • Bustopher Jones
  • Yesterday
  • Honey Pie

Sandy Sangerstevne October 2012

The Moonlighters followed a private performance for Wyboston WI, by contributing to Philip Norman’s Sandy Sangestevne on October 13th in St Swithuns’s Church in Sandy High Street.

We joined 3 other choirs and a scratch choir in two hours of choral entertainment, and we opened and closed the event. The Moonlighters’ first session combined our traditional early 20th century pieces, I Got Rhythm, Autumn Leaves and the Continental, followed by Moon River and the least famous Beatles song: Honey Pie, ( with an excellent solo by Tim Jones).

Tim also opened the second session by leading us in a distinctly modern song: Only You, famously performed by The Flying Pickets, before we finished with a short rendition of Tea for Two.

Philip is the Founding and Musical Director of the London Sangerstevne ( which calls together 28 choirs from across the globe) and thought to bring a smaller version to Sandy. We hope to have even more choirs participating next year.

2010 Christmas Concert in Blunham Parish Church

Monday 13th December 2008 at 7:30pm
St Edmund’s or St James’ Church, Blunham Beds

The Moonlighters with some guests from the Hurstingstome Singers performed another mixture of traditional and unusual Christmas Carols and Songs with seasonal readings

Programme included

Come to Bethlehem – Warlock

A Spotless Rose – Howells

The Snow – Elgar

Legend – Tchaikovsky

Winter Wonderland – Bernard

The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) – Torme and Wells

and a carol specially composed for the Moonlighters by Paul Parsons : Festive Baubles

2010 Summer Concert: A Musical Romp through the 20th Century

A Musical Romp through the 20th Century: The Moonlighters performed their new modern repertoire in aid of the restoration fund for St Peter’s Catholic Church in Station Road Biggleswade on 2nd July 2010.

Songs performed were:-  Caravan, Under the Board Walk, Girl from Ipanema, Wonderful World, Stand by Me, Fly Me to the Moon, Fever, Killing Me Softly with his Words, Only You and a selection of Abba greats.

Celebrating 50 years of the Bedford Geographical Society

A unique evening combining Music and Geography. The evening’s programme, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bedford Geographical Association, included songs linked to geographic themes; Bedford (and some of its famous residents); and what was popular in music 50 years ago. The evening will included performances from the Bedford School Dance Band, Gabrielle Bell, Rex Walford and the Moonlighters.

The Moonlighters performed for the first time:-

Wonderful World (arranged by Paul Parsons)
The Geographical Fugue (Ernst Toch)
The Girl from Ipanema (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
and Now is the Hour ( Maori Song of Farewell)

as well as old favourites from the Glen Miller era.


2009 Abbots Ripton Church Joint Concert with the Hurstingstone Singers

The Moonlighters joined friends, the Hustingstone Signers in Abbots Ripton on 28th November for a light hearted evening of musical entertainment.

This was a second chance to hear the new repertoire of great vocal arrangement of popular songs from the 60’s 70’s and even 80’s including a selection of Abba favourites.

2009 Tempsford Village Hall Harvest Supper Entertainment

The Moonlighters really looked forward to showcasing their new material at the Harvest Supper in Tempsford.
With this new selection of songs we returned to our roots of great vocal arrangements of popular songs.

Killing Me Softly with his Words
Stand By Me
For the Longest Time
Only You (much better than the Flying Pickets version!!)
Under the Boardwalk

Plus a selection of Abba hits:

Thank you for the music
Money Money Money
and Super Trouper

2008 Christmas Concert in Blunham

Monday 15th December 2008 at 7:30pm
St Edmund’s or St James’ Church Blunham Beds

The Moonlighters performed another mixture of traditional and unusual Christmas Carols and Songs with seasonal readings


O Little Town of Bethlehem – EVERYONE

Come to Bethlehem – Warlock

‘Christmas Bells’ from a longer poem by Anon (Jenny Ollerenshaw)

A Tender Shoot – Goldschmidt

‘The Journey of the Magi’ by T.S. Eliot (Janet Tredget)

Chorale Prelude on ‘Wachet auf’ W.V.645 – Bach

Blessed be that Maid Marie – English Traditional
(Quartet : Liz R, Heather, Tim J and Tony)

I Wonder as I Wander – Rütti

‘Christmas’ by John Betjeman (Liz Calvert)

God Rest You Merry Gentlemen – EVERYONE

‘A Visit from St. Nicolas’ by Clement Ciosk Moore (Tim Chaple)

Winter Wonderland – Bernard

Snowflakes by Clive Sansom (Sally Gilbert)

Naϊdes (from Pièces de Fantasie, Suite No. 4) – Vierne

The Twelve Days After Christmas – Silver

‘Christmas Thank Yous’ by Mick Gower (several)

The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) – Torme and Wells

‘A Dish for a Poet’ Traditional (Kay Quinn)

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – EVERYONE

‘African Christmas’ by John Press (Judith Wakeling)

We Wish You a Merry Christmas – English Traditional