I can’t recall a concert when our chaps have felt so honoured to share a stage with another choir. The Royal Albert Hall is of course a fantastic event, but I must say that the concert with The Mastersingers was unprecedented. The advertising for the event claimed much hyperbole and it was fully and excitingly justified. We entitled the concert Masters in Harmony in anticipation of a memorable evening, and we and the audience were, as the saying goes truly “blown away”.
Their relaxed professionalism and friendliness settled the audience and our choir down for their concert repertoire which was intricate, well balanced and delivered beautifully, and I mean beautifully, particularly with the skilled accompaniment of piano, drums and double bass.
The quality of the singing from the group of professional music teachers, composers, arrangers and performers was something to behold and it is difficult to convey how well balanced, harmonious and accurately presented was their performance.
As the visiting choir most of the evening was given over to the Master singers but, hey, we didn’t do badly either. Our singing was performed well and enthusiastically with Ian guiding and directing us in his usual friendly and engaging manner.
We thoroughly enjoyed the joint songs which were “What Would I Do Without My Music” and “We Rise Again” which the Mastersingers MD James Morgan had specifically arranged for their choir from our TTBB male voice script. It was delightful evening and St. John’s church resonated with the sound.
It was super to see friends from Eastwood Collieries Male Voice Choir and Derbyshire Community Male Voice choir in the audience., Thanks are due to Ian Grice (MD), Margaret Ball (Accompanist), Lynden Lowe (Concert Manager) and Julie Bexon and the ladies of our choir Supporters’ Group.
A member of the Mastersingers wanted to know who had baked the divine carrot cake saying that it was the best he had ever tasted; thank you Kate Curtis.
A masterclass from the Mastersingers and a masterful performance by male voice choir. It was great to be involved.