We’ve loaded a couple of videos from the Tideswell Male Voice Choir annual concert at St.John’s Church, Tideswell for you to watch. It was a glorious day, very sunny and warm. The journey to Tideswell through Leek, bypassing Buxton was very beautiful but ear popping. We passed through v shaped valleys caused by glaciers according to Tom, my brother who is very into Geography.
The church was beautiful and filled up quickly, we started promptly at 7pm with the sun-shining through the stained glass windows. The choir started the evening off in style, under the direction of Musical Director Dennis Kay, with a very moving rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone. I was happy to see the guys have introduced some choreography into their numbers, we’re hoping to do something together next year, I’m sure Dennis will come up with something spectacular – everyone leaves the shows I’ve been grateful to be a part of with big smiles in their faces as the choir takes you through a journey ..Over Troubled Waters to the brilliant Nessun Dorma arr.Simmons. Christopher Ellis is the choirs very talented Principal Accompanist, he studied piano at RAM in London graduating with an honours degree in Piano and Choral Accompaniment. I am very grateful to Chris that he allowed me to add an additional song yesterday evening, following Dennis’ suggestion to add O Mio Babbino Caro to the program. With just one rehearsal together at 5pm Chris did a marvellous job, I so admire his skill, and he gave me permission to use the video my Dad made on my blog I hope you enjoy it and the Green Finch and Linnet Bird from the first half.
We were joined on the evening with a fabulous female ‘a capella’ choir from Chesterfield called Aurora with a lovely program of songs, many arranged by Nigel Williams their Director.
The evening was brought to a successful close by the choir’s President Edwina Currie. Edwina was a Member of Parliament and is fantastic at public speaking and made several charities happy on the night presenting cheques raised by the choir recently. These wonderful guys have raised £75,000 for charity in the last five years.
The heavens opened during the last couple of songs in the second half, adding an eerie feel to the Bohemian Rhapsody, with thunder and lightning effects. There was no sign of the rain, that was bouncing on the pavements, stopping so we all had to run to our cars, but it didn’t dampen the end of a wonderful evening 🙂
O Mio Babbino Caro
Green Finch and Linnet Bird