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Charity Concert with the Two Elizabeths at Leigh Road Baptist Church

Many of the Leigh Orpheus’s performances are fund-raisers, supporting charities in raising their own funds. This evening’s concert was no exception, raising funds for Southend Christians Against Poverty Debt Advice Centre. This concert was extra-special for the Leigh Orpheus as it had been arranged by LOMVC’s own Accompanist Kay Duell and her husband David.

Performing to an almost-capacity audience the Leigh Orpheus’s first set comprised the four pieces the choir had sung at the recent International Male Voice Choir Competition in Poole and where the Leigh Orpheus had tied in 5th place – only 1 point below the 4th place choir. Despite being challenging pieces, all four were well-received, with ‘Dana Dana’, a Hungarian Folk Song, tripping along especially well.

Next The Two Elizabeths – Elizabeth Dunlop and Elizabeth Upsher – delighted the audience with several pieces that showcased the skills of these talented local performers.

Competently guiding the way through the concert compere Eric Smith then introduced the Leigh Orpheus’s second set of the first half which involved four popular pieces. Many audience members sang along to the ‘Back to the 60s’ medley. Finally, for this half, the Leigh Orpheus was joined by the Two Elizabeths for ‘You Raise Me Up’. The audience loved it.

After the interval, and a change of uniform, three more pieces from the Leigh Orpheus, ending with the popular ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. A well-known piece; the applause was generous.

Next, another set of pieces from the Two Elizabeths, their talents as superb sopranos being evidenced not just by their singing but also by some nimble footwork! Choreography is in! Watch out choir members!

Then three more pieces from the choir, including ‘An American Trilogy’, popularised by Elvis Presley some years ago and now popularised again by the Leigh Orpheus!

On behalf of Southend CAP Debt Advice Centre David Duell described its work, and thanked those involved in staging such a successful evening.

Finally (well actually not quite finally!) ‘Rhythm of Life’ where all the stops were pulled out! Kay and one of the Elizabeths on the piano playing the accompaniment four-handed, the other Elizabeth joining the Leigh Orpheus singing, and Musical Director Janet Walker, completely unflustered, holding it all together.

It seemed that the audience wanted more and an encore was in order. No surprises, we wanted the audience to leave with a spring in their step, so what better than ‘Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines’.

Lots of positive feedback from audience members saying what a lovely evening it had been, including:

What a great night, we thoroughly enjoyed it 🎹🎶🎵🎵

And a triumph for organisers Kay and David Duell – the amount of money raised, including a generous donation from Barclays Bank, a very impressive £2000.

Well done every one!

neil_frost@blueyonder.co.uk

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