SENIORS captain's night at the golf club was a very relaxed evening, with lots of fun, Tom Morris having invited the Valentines to entertain at the end of his term in office.

Presentations were made in the interval, but the rest of the evening was devoted to music.

Unfortunately, at the start of the programme, one of the speakers to the piano was playing up, somewhat spoiling the first few items.

The acoustics at the golf club are not really condusive to choral singing but, once the electrics were sorted out, there was a much better sound.

As always, musical director Pam Cunningham insisted on plenty of audience participation, and we heard lots of popular numbers, such as The Carnival is Over, Plaisir d'amour and many more, including the swinging Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Accompanist Morfudd Sinclair performed a song, in traditional Welsh competition style, putting the words of a poem to one tune, while playing a different one. This was a remarkable feat. Well done Morfudd.

She also sang two duets with Pam's daughter, Alison Grovenor.

Members of the choir, including Tom's wife, Judy, sang words in honour of Tom's captaincy, to the tune of She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain When She Comes, and various gentlemen in the audience were bedecked with head-dresses to join in Running Bear.

My personal favourites from the evening were the medley from Les Miserables, I Dreamed a Dream giving me shivers, and, after singing all evening, amazingly the Valentines seemed to go up another gear with their best performances coming at the end of the concert in I Don't Know How to Love Him and My Heart Will Go On - always a favourite with the audience.

We even had an encore.

This was a smashing programme, full of popular songs, and plenty of laughs, ably compered by Geoff Strong.

I am delighted that the Valentines' talents have been recognised at a national level, as they will be appearing at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on November 4 in a charity concert featuring 1,000 voices. I am looking forward to seeing them there. V JS