A Warm Embrace

The programme for the Sister Cities concert is now in place. On offer are some  elevating spirituals, some musical theatre favourites and some modern classics. Something for everyone all performed by a Male Voice Choir, a wonderful local girls’ choir, a sophisticated nonet (look it up!) and an ensemble of all the singers. It promises to be a good one!

Make You feel My Love is a song, perhaps not part of the traditional MVC repertoire, but which has become established in the Mansfield & District Male Voice Choir programme. It’s a song that can really grab you and we will be performing this piece on the evening.

For the song’s place in the mainstream we acclaim the popularity of Adele and for the 4 part male voice choir arrangement we credit the very talented Jetse Bremer. For the poetry, however, we recognize the genius of the Minnesota bard himself, Bob Dylan.

The opening verse goes,

When the rain is blowing in your face

And the whole world is on your case

I could offer a warm embrace

To make you feel my love

Another line in the song talks about “the storms raging on the rolling sea” and nobody really needs to explain the metaphor. Storms and dangerous waters have long been compared to how our lives are sometimes. Fact is that life itself can get us down and the storms can be too much for us sometimes.

The song seems like a picture of our show. We will offer a warm embrace to our audience and guests, just like the songwriter does to his loved one and some shelter, for the evening, in a stormy world.

At the end of the concert, you may find that some faith in humanity may have been revived by sharing with us in a celebration of music and of what is good in the human heart. We look forward to seeing you!

Nick Shelley

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