Choir performed for visitors at the home of its President Lord Ralph Kerr on the afternoon of Sunday 31st August. A combination of the sunny afternoon and the anticipation of Choir’s performance saw a record number of Sunday visitors for 2014.
Standing in the Hall below the Main Staircase this was the first public performance for Choir under its new Music Team of Musical Director Andrea Leeming, Accompanist Lydia Wright and Assistant Accompanist Charlotte Harris; they did not disappoint.
Highlights included ‘American Trilogy’, ‘ My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose’ and ‘Calon Lan’. Soloists Tony Mulcahy, Ron Kenning and Graham Cameron added to the enjoyment of the afternoon.
Choir’s Red Wine Club met in the Blue Bell Inn, a well known Melbourne watering hole, both before and after the concert for suitable refreshment.
Saturday August 16th saw two bus-loads of Choir members and supporters leave Castle Square in Melbourne for a lunch time performance in Southwell Minster by kind permission of The Dean.
The Minster has been described as one of Nottinghamshire’s hidden gems. It can trace its history as a church on the site to Anglo Saxon times as early as 630. The present church was built in 1108.
Choir, standing on the alter steps in front of the beautiful West Window, gave two 30 minute performances. They performed excellently with the sound carrying and echoing right through The Quire and The Nave. This particularly impressed visitors with quiet numbers ‘My Lord What A Morning’ and ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables. As one member remarked, “a wonderful experience".
The party called at Patchings Farm Arts Centre for welcome food and refreshment on the return journey arriving back in Melbourne late afternoon.