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“Aspire” – A Concert in aid of the Spire Appeal at St John’s Church, Mansfield – Saturday 10 November 2018 7:30pm

Mansfield & District Male Voice Choir, The Singers and the Boots Orchestra:  What a combination -an evening of musical delight!

The venue – the building dates to 1855-56 and the height of the so-called Gothic Revival; architecture was part of a movement back then to distinguish Anglican churches from the large number of non-conformist churches being built at the time. It has to be said that the church building has suffered through a long period of neglect and is in need of major work to the structure; this work is now on-going. For the purposes of the concert we will have a lovely atmospheric venue and excellent acoustics.

What a combination -an evening of musical delight!

The Singers under the direction of Meryl Chambers go from strength to strength. Meryl’s passion for teaching and her great love of choral music has been the foundation for the choir. Following their recent performance at the Festival of Remembrance at Mansfield Palace Theatre a member of the audience was heard to remark that the Singers were “the best I’ve ever heard” from them. It’s a great joy to see these young people develop their talents and their love of music and will it be wonderful to sing with them again.

The Boots Orchestra will be new for many of our audience. The Boots Company have a long tradition of encouraging cultural involvement (between 1898 and 1966, many branches of Boots incorporated a lending library department) and Jesse Boot himself encouraged a variety of choirs and bands. The present orchestra was founded by Arthur Brown in 1951 and the current conductor is John Sheppard. We are very much looking forward to hearing their music in Mansfield and the experience of singing with and listening to a 38-piece orchestra will be amazing.

As always, the programme will be rich and varied, with something for everyone including some items with all choristers and musicians together. Not to be missed!

For full details and ticket information see the Events page

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