The Brothers in Song Weekend
Friday, 24th – Sunday 26th July 2016
Our Brothers in Song concert was titled thus as it represented a reunion between the Leigh Orpheus and The Chapel en le Frith Male Voice choir who we had the pleasure of performing with in Buxton in 2014.
We enjoyed being with our ‘Chapel’ colleagues for much of the weekend which started on Friday with a Civic Reception at Porters, included the Brothers in Song concert, an ‘afterglow’ following that on Saturday and finally individual and joint performances at the Fisherman’s Chapel as part of the Leigh Folk Festival at lunchtime on Sunday.
There was hardly a spare seat to be found at either the concert at Westcliff High School for Girls or the performance at The Fishermen’s Chapel.
Both halves of the Brothers in Song concert involved individual sets from each choir, ending with two joint pieces.
We were trying out a new piece of kit to video our performances, and we are still learning all the settings; here is a ‘not best recording quality’ opportunity to hear and see a recording of just one of the pieces sung at the concert by the Leigh Orpheus:
Our thanks go to Westcliff High School for Girls for the support they gave to the concert and the ‘afterglow’.
We are always pleased to get feedback from audience members and for this concert we received several pieces:
From the Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir President, Sir David Amess:
“I always enjoy the choir’s concerts but this one was simply outstanding. I enjoyed the gentle competition between the two choirs, although I am biased in my belief That Leigh Orpheus is still best. I did think the other choir’s MC was absolutely brilliant. What a droll sense of humour. I haven’t stopped laughing since.”
And from two more audience members:
“An enjoyable evening, listening to music sung by Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir and The Chapel Male Voice Choir. I always love to hear ‘Nkosi Sikele’I Africa’ and particularly enjoyed ‘Back to the Sixties’, both sung by LOMVC. It is nice to hear a broad range of music so the inclusion of some more “modern” compositions was very enjoyable and I noticed the audience tapping along with their feet! The Chapel Male Voice Choir’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ was also very good.
The uniforms looked very smart when compared with the previous burgundy jackets which, in hindsight, now seem dated. Very nice to see the different “looks” – the tie (very smart) with the jacket and trousers, and the bow ties with the waistcoats.
I think the venue was chosen with The Chapel Male Voice Choir in mind – the colour scheme of the hall matched The Chapel Choir’s blue and yellow colour combination. Attention to every detail.
Thanks for a most enjoyable concert.”
“My friend and I attended the concert on Saturday and were so impressed by the quality and professionalism of both choirs but particularly Leigh Orpheus. The variety of the programme was particularly impressive.
Leigh Orpheus looked outstanding in their new uniforms; the smart suits enhanced by the bright ties are very appropriate and modern. The flexibility demonstrated after the interval by the choir exchanging their jackets for their waistcoats is excellent and I overheard other members of the audience reflecting this sentiment at the end. The uniforms compliment the performance. A high quality and enjoyable concert. We look forward to the next one.”
Similar compliments were paid to us after our performance the following day at The Fishermen’s Chapel where, naturally, we had to sing our pirate song ‘Up With The Jolly Roger’.
We, the Leigh Orpheus, look forward to our next opportunity to perform with our Chapel en le Frith MVC friends.