The Leigh Orpheus were delighted to be given the opportunity to sing as guests of the Chelmsford MVC at Trinity Methodist Church in Chelmsford as part of their Autumn Extravaganza.
Chelmsford opened the concert with a set made up of 4 songs:- "Working Man", "Cantate", "Peacemaker" and "Homeward Bound". These were followed by the soprano soloist Anna Maria.
It was then the turn of Leigh Orpheus to sing a selection from their repertoire:- Sinatra's "New York, New York" and "Fly Me to the Moon", followed by "This Nearly Was Mine", "Love is All Around" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band".
Chelmsford's musical director Paul Smith brought the first half of the concert to a close conducting the combined choirs singing "Softly As I Leave You".
Leigh Orpheus started the second half with the spiritual "Wade in the Water" followed by the sea shanty "The Wellerman". The Choir then followed these with "Pokarekare Ana" (in Maori), "Siyahambe" (partly in Zulu) and "Gwahoddiad" (in Welsh).
Paul Smith then amused the audience by announcing that Chelmsford's next song would be in Klingon, before introducing Anna Maria for her second solo spot.
The host choir then sang "Men of Harlech", "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", "Drinking Song" and "Guardian Angel".
Finally it was the turn of Janet Walker the LOMVC musical director to conduct the combined choirs in "An American Trilogy".
To hear this joint performance click on the image below.
In conclusion there were speeches from representatives of both choirs and the Mayor of Chelmsford.
Singers and the audience all seemed agreed it was an evening well spent.