The Leigh Orpheus Mail Voice Choir were invited to perform at this concert, held in St Augustine’s Church in Thorpe Bay Essex on 2nd March 2019, to help raise funds for the annual Dame Freda Parry scholarship for local singers.
The Choir shared the concert with the 2018 scholarship winner, soprano Rebecca Silverman, and the internationally renowned piano duo Dennis Lee and Chee Hung Toh.
The event attracted a large and appreciative audience for this varied programme of music.
The Choir opened proceedings with their first set which included favourites such as Gwahoddiad and a selection from Back to the Sixties. They were followed by the pianists, whose accomplished and animated performance was captivating and a delight both to hear and see. Their selection of pieces by Handel, Benda and Schubert were all played at great pace and with outstanding technique.
Scholarship winner Rebecca Silverman then gave a performance of extremely powerful and accurate soprano singing with music from Schubert, Verdi and Spanish composer Fernando Obradors.
LOMVC started the second half of the concert with the rousing Christus Salvator, and continued with the gentler She and Calm is the Sea. These were followed by Rhythm of Life delivered at great pace and with a four handed accompaniment, and then by way of contrast Some Enchanted Evening. The Choir concluded their contribution to the evening with An American Trilogy.
Dennis Lee and Chee Hung Toh then thrilled the audience with an entertaining selection from Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and W&C Noona.
The concert was concluded with Rebecca Silverman further demonstrating the considerable range of her voice and repertoire and leaving the audience in no doubt why she was the winner of the 2018 scholarship.
There was a retiring collection in aid of The Scholarship Fund. The 2019 scholarship competition is scheduled for September.