Friday, 9th September 2016
We’ve done it before and we pulled it off again! An impromptu concert to raise funds, this time for Cedar Hall School. Vandals had been to the school during the summer holidays, damaged equipment and caused the deaths of the school’s chickens. An online appeal was set up which soon exceeded its target and demonstrated the warmth and generosity so many people wanted to show to this school for children with moderate learning difficulties. LOMVC decided to show that same spirit by putting on a free concert to raise funds.
And so it was that on Friday, 9th September, just two weeks after the plan was first hatched, that an audience of around 180 people sat down to listen to the Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir.
To the audience’s delight many of the choirs’ most popular pieces were sung. During the first half a group of guys from the choir – The Octet – sang three pieces and in the second half George Ing, a 15 year old young man from Appleton School, played Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude from memory, faultlessly.
Feedback from the audience was, as always, very positive, with the following comment being typical:
“A wonderful, wonderful evening. The choir simply lifted you not only with their voices but also with their obvious enjoyment of what they do. They had me in tears with the beauty of the music as well as toe-tapping and jigging to their 60’s rendition.
The choir now have another Number 1 fan in myself and I can’t wait to see them again at their Christmas Concert.”
There were several ‘firsts’ during the evening! It was the first time the choir’s new bowties had been used at a public performance. It was the first time that The Octet had performed in public. It was the first time George Ing had performed in public. And it was the first time many members of our audience had been along to hear us – we hope they will be back.
And was it a success? Most certainly it was! Our generous audience donated an amazing £1315.96 to the bucket collection as they left – with nearly everyone putting notes into the buckets and with £500 of the total being £20 notes!
Thank you from the Leigh Orpheus and thank you from Cedar Hall School.
Listen to some of the pieces sung during the evening here: