Autumn Concert 2023

For the second year running The Choir's Autumn Concert was held in St Augustine's Church, Thorpe Bay, Essex.

 

The concert opened with a warm welcome from the vicar of St Augustine's the Reverend David Willis.

The Choir sang six sets of very varied and entertaining material interspersed with 4 solo performances.

 

The first set commenced with two numbers associated with Frank Sinatra "New York New York" and "Fly Me to the Moon" (click the image below to see this performance), then a South African Hymn "Syahambe" and concluded with an African/American spiritual "Every Time I Feel the Spirit".

This was followed by a solo from first tenor Ron Circus "If You Were the Only Girl in the World"  by Nat D Ayer, words by Clifford Grey which has been a popular favourite through two world wars and is forever associated with the music halls.

 

 

The Choir's second set comprised three love songs, "Love is All Around", Lionel Richie's "Three Times a Lady", and an LOMVC first performance of Freddie Mercury's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".

 

Assistant Musical Director Dave Smith then performed his own song "England '63" which is about the revolution that happened in the music business in 1963 - The Beatles, Merseybeat, the Birmingham bands and those from the North East. It was written in 2013.

The first half of the concert concluded with opportunities for audience participation in a gospel medley and Queen's "We are the Champions".

 

The first three songs of the second half all had a connection with water, albeit they were very different. Another African/American spritual "Wade in the Water", the male voice choir classic "Calm is the Sea" and the New Zealand whaling song "The Wellerman".

After this bass Jim Ryan sang the beautiful "The Sally Gardens".   An old Irish folk song with words by WB Yeats and a piano accompaniment arranged by Benjamin Britten.

Then we were back love songs. Firstly "This Nearly Was Mine " from Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific. Then the plaintive Maori "Pokarekare Anna".  The set finished with Ben E King's 1961 hit "Stand by Me" which has subsequently been performed by over 400 artists, including the LOMVC! 

Once again Dave Smith picked up his guitar and entertained with another composition of his own "If it's Raining Where You Are".

The concert concluded with an LOMVC standard "You Raise Me Up" and the popular "An American Trilogy" forever associated with Elvis (click the image below to see this performance)