For the third performance of their autumn tour LOMVC were guests of Eastwood Collieries Male Voice Choir at their Autumn Harmony concert on 4th November 2018 at St Mary’s Church, Eastwood, Nottingham. Most of the church having been burned down in the 1960s the venue consisted of the original tower and the rest a 1960s rebuild. This provided a spacious auditorium.
Eastwood Collieries MVC are celebrating an impressive 100th anniversary in 2019, making Leigh Orpheus at only 50 years old seem like new boys!
Eastwood Collieries started the concert in rousing manner by marching in singing Stout Hearted Men. This was followed by Male Voice Choir classics such as Autumn Leaves and Song of The Jolly Roger. They finished their first half set with the less familiar Bui Doi a song about street children in Vietnam.
Leigh Orpheus then performed four items including Impossible Dream and Back to the 60s Medley.
The choirs concluded the first half by combining to sing Comrades in Arms conducted by LOMVC’s Musical Director Janet Walker. With 100 men taking part the performance area looked very crowded!
It was Leigh Orpheus’ turn to go first in the second half with 5 items including Christus Salvator and Calm is the Sea.
Eastwood Collieries followed this with 5 items including African Trilogy and Oh! It’s a Lovely War.
Once more the choirs combined to sing What Would I do Without my Music conducted by Eastwood’s Musical Director Liz Moulder (yes the same Liz Moulder who is Musical Director of the Sonara Singers!). This brought a most enjoyable concert to a fitting conclusion.
Eastwood Collieries MVC presented Leigh Orpheus with a commemorative Denby plate suitably inscribed to mark the occasion.