In January 2020 the Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir performed a concert as one of Chelmsford Cathedral’s “Friday Lunchtime” concert series. This was their second opportunity to perform at this magnificent venue.
It was standing room only in the Cathedral with an audience of at least 500 and The Choir itself was close to full strength.
The concert began with two appropriately religious pieces “Praise My Soul, The King of Heaven” followed by Carl Deis’ beautiful arrangement of Mallote’s “The Lord’s Prayer”.
The next items were an arrangement of Paul Simon’s well known “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and the traditional spiritual “Wade in the Water”.
The Choir finished their first set with Don Desig’s moving and thought provoking “Flying Free” which was greatly enhanced by Evan Davis’s haunting flute accompaniment.
LOMVC then had a quick breather whilst the Whirlwind Ensemble performed three brief and very lively dance pieces – a polka, a waltz and a rumba.
The Choir’s second set began with the aspirational “One Moment in Time” a piece which gives the Top Tenors an opportunity to explore the upper limits of their musical range! This was followed with a change of pace as Deputy MD David Smith conducted The Choir whilst MD Janet Walker joined Kay Duell to provide a four-handed piano accompaniment to the pacy “Rhythm of Life” from Sweet Charity. Slowing the pace a little, the next item was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Some Enchanted Evening”.
The audience were than asked to imagine it was snowing, rather than the dreary damp day outside, and were treated to the fun Ukrainian folk tune “Sleigh Bells” with suitable bell accompaniment.
This varied selection of music was concluded with “American Trilogy” once made famous by Elvis.
The audience responded with enthusiastic applause to every item on the programme.
As an encore The Choir performed “Magnificent Men” which made the audience smile and produced further applause.
The Cathedral’s master of ceremonies congratulated The Choir on bringing sunshine and light into the Cathedral and on their evident love of music. He also expressed hope that they would be back in the future for another concert.