Choir provides rousing finale for the year

The St. Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir, All Saints' Church Concert, November 28 2009The St. Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir performed their final full concert of 2009 at All Saints' Church, Park Road, Bury on Saturday night.

The St. Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir, All Saints' Church Concert, November 28 2009

The St. Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir performed their final full concert of 2009 at All Saints' Church, Park Road, Bury on Saturday night. Singing to an almost full house and most ably supported by special guest soprano Charlotte Couture, they provided another evening of quality singing, which was much appreciated by the audience.

The repertoire for this concert provided an opportunity for the choir to bring back some old favourites which haven't been performed for a while; the audience responding favourably with warm applause. To begin with, though, a selection of Welsh hymn tunes were provided in the choir's first set, before Charlotte took the stage, beginning with 'Green Finch and Linnet Bird' from Sondheim's musical 'Sweeney Todd'.

This gave the choir's musical director, Mark Jeffereson, the opportunity to demonstrate his skills at the piano in accompaniment. Charlotte maintained a good rapport with her audience and her contributions were well received throughout the night. When combining with the choir in Sancta Maria and Easter Hymn a very beautiful sound resulted.


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Amongst the old favourites brought back for this performance were the spiritual Steal Away which shows the choir's admirable command of dynamics to very good effect and an arrangement of Matt Munro's Softly As I Leave You. The latter undoubtedly one of the highlights from the choir's second CD Colours, delivered smoothly and with excellent tone and intonation. As well as solo contributions from Charlotte, the choir's own David Sadler took a leading role in two songs, delighting his audience with a wonderful baritone voice. Demonstrating the versatility of the choirs' Music Team, a wonderful performance of the folk song She's Like the Swallow was conducted by our pianist, John Ottley.

Perhaps, though, the best, had been rightly saved until last. The choir often sing You Raise Me Up, but this time a slightly different arrangement, providing both Charlotte and David a final opportunity to showcase their talents with solo verses, whilst the choir's deep, warm and melodic accompaniment provided the perfect backdrop. The performers left the stage to very warm and appreciative applause.

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The choir appear again in Bury on December 12th, participating in the Irving Club's 50th Anniversary Gala Evening at the Athenaeum, but are now busy working on songs for their third album to be recorded in February in Ely Cathedral.

Elena Lyutserina

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