LOMVC’s Annual Charities Concert
at Westcliff High School for Boys on 6th May 2017
The LOMVC annual Charities Concert is a win:win event. Charities and other good causes make a profit by selling-on tickets that the choir sells to them for just £1. The people they sell them to, having helped the charity by buying tickets, come along and enjoy an evening of good music. Eight charities and local organisations benefitted this year.
A bit of a glitch only a week before the concert – the Leigh Orpheus’s Accompanist, having an accident, wasn’t able to be at the concert. So a change of roles meant Musical Director Janet Walker became the Accompanist and the choir’s two Deputy Musical Directors took to the rostrum to conduct the two halves of the concert.
What a programme! From Gounod’s ‘Faust’ to Alan Simmons’ ‘Back to the 60s’ and from ‘Siyahambe’ to ‘Christus Salvator’, with a big serving of ‘South Pacific’.
‘Siyahambe’ always goes down well:
Deputy Musical Director Thomas Marshall conducted the first half.
Give the guys the opportunity to ‘accessorise’ and their imagination has few bounds. ‘There is Nothin’ Like A Dame’ was just such a piece. The audience were delighted.
In both halves of the concert impressive solos were sung by a good friend of the choir, soprano Vanessa Cozens.
The second half of the concert, conducted by Deputy Musical Director Dave Smith, began with the marathon 14 ½ minute ‘Back to the 60s’ medley.
Vanessa had brought along her own accompanist, Andrew Palmer, who kindly agreed to accompany a piece alongside Janet on the accompanists’ stools and for the second concert in a row ‘Rhythm of Life’ was accompanied four-handed.
The final item on the programme was the popular ‘Christus Salvator’, the ‘Amens’ at the end of which had the audience giving what it was felt would be the final appreciative round of applause of many. But it didn’t take much persuasion for an encore to be suggested and fittingly the choir sang a piece which means so much to so many current and past LOMVC members – ‘What Would I Do Without My Music’.
Audience and choir members alike left with a tune in their heart and a spring in their step.
Again, some much appreciated feedback:
“As ever, a brilliant concert.
The choir was on top form and it was an absolute delight to listen to Vanessa sing and Andrew accompany her. Congrats to all concerned” The Leigh Orpheus’s President, Sir David Amess.
“We wanted to send our thanks to all the choir members for a wonderful concert on Saturday. What a talented group you are!
Thank you for choosing us as one of your charities and for putting on such a good show – we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
You should all be congratulated for your fundraising efforts for local charities over the last few years.” A charity that was supported by this concert.
“Congratulations on another excellent Leigh Orpheus Concert. Although Janet was accompanying rather than conducting she has certainly taken you to a high standard that Tom and Dave were able to exploit through their excellent conducting.
A lovely evening’s music. What a varied programme – something for everyone! Everything was well sung but I must especially mention ‘An American Trilogy’. The combination of the four sections of the choir singing so well, along with Jan’s beautiful accompaniment, was a real treat.
And ‘well done’ for the entertainment of ‘Nothing Like a Dame’ in the first half and ‘People Will Say We’re in Love’ in the second half – both had the audience chuckling.
Altogether a wonderful concert. Thank you.” An audience member
“Went to see the choir for the first time last Saturday. Excellent tone & balance to the sound. A really enjoyable evening.” A comment received on Facebook