Patrons’ Concert 2017 Review

Always a pleasant way to celebrate the Leigh Orpheus’s extended family, the annual events of the Patrons’ Tea and Patrons’ Concert were again a huge success.
LOMVC wishes to appropriately reward its Patrons for their patronage, and inviting them to enjoy a sumptuous tea was just the start of their special evening.

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Some of the LOMVC Patrons enjoying their tea

In the presence of its President, Sir David Amess, LOMVC Chairman and compère for the evening Martin Wood explained at the start of the concert that this evening would be a bit unusual in that the LOMVC’s Musical Director Janet Walker was going to be returning to her previous role of Accompanist, and the choir’s two Deputy Musical Directors would be conducting – Tom Marshall conducting the first half and Dave Smith conducting the second half. It was a strong line-up!

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The Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir including its music team for the evening

The programme included a wide range of pieces from the Leigh Orpheus’s current repertoire, the piece at the end of the first half bringing extra smiles to the faces of members of the audience with the choir’s rendition of ‘L’il Liza Jane’

LOMVC concerts are often occasions when there is the opportunity for choir members to perform their own solos; tonight the audience and the rest of the choir were treated to solos by Harry Rowson (Ombra mai Fu), Trevor Davey (I’ll be Seeing You), Jim Ryan (Caro Mio Ben) and an ensemble of five choir members who sang ‘Make them Hear You’ from the show ‘Ragtime’.
The second half of the concert started with the marathon 14-minute-long ‘Back to the 60’s’ Medley. Also in the second half a popular piece making a return to the choir’s current repertoire, having been absent for some years, was ‘An American Trilogy’.

Of course, a key part of this particular concert is the announcement of the four ‘Favourites’ for which the Patrons had voted. Patrons’ Officer Geoff Downing had conducted the poll and counted the votes and to the surprise of some – including in one case that of the Deputy MD and Accompanist – the four choices were announced by compère Martin Wood in ascending order of votes. In fourth place was ‘Christus Salvator’. Third place went to ‘Flying Free’

‘You Raise Me Up’ was announced as being in second place and taking the first place, to the delight of many, as it is a favourite piece of many choir members and has been included in the programmes for many of our concerts, ‘Nkosi Sikelel’I Africa’.
We reckoned the audience had deserved an Encore, and the choir surrounded the audience to perform their final piece.

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The Encore – ‘Alleluia Madrigal’

LOMVC frequently receives positive feedback from our audiences, and again on this occasion it came in quickly from those present, including:

Another wonderful concert. Excellent selection of songs all performed
well. The solos were very good, especially the ensemble. Finally, thank
you to the catering team for a pleasant tea.

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A really super concert with lots of fun and a great male choir providing lovely music fromthe sixties as well as Verdi and other classics. If you were unable to go you missed treat!

LOMVC member, and current Mayor of South Woodham Ferrers Sam Coley, had hoped to undertake a sponsored free-fall parachute jump earlier in the day to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. Unfortunately bad weather had meant that the jump had had to be postponed, but it gave audience members an opportunity to sponsor Sam and to make donations – for which Sam is most grateful.

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