Combined Concert with Flint MVC

‘Oh, what a night’ (Four Seasons ’75), a perfect end to the longest day:

Our annual concert, this year with Flint MVC far exceeded our already high expectations. Trying to reckon how many are going to turn up is always tricky. We reckoned before the concert, based on pre-sales, a figure of around 320, enough to fill the main aisle, so we tried to make sure we got everyone in without using the side Untitled-1aisles; we soon realised that wasn’t going to work – we ended up selling over 70 on the door making over 400! The programme was a good mix with Flint’s programme complementing ours (you can see the programme in the photo gallery). We got just half an hour, before we let the audience in, to rehearse the four joint pieces with Flint. This is always potentially difficult as choirs interpret the arrangements in their own way. The first two were perfect, the third had a very minor adjustment, and the fourth, Morte, which was accompanied on the organ by Graham Burrell (our MD), was all to do with the organ stops and not the singing. For the joint piece of ‘You Raise Me Up’ we had dual soloists (you know what I mean), our Paul Wright and Charles Manfield from Flint,Flint St J 2014-06-21 022a lr they were a perfect match both at rehearsal and at the concert. St. James is a wonderful venue with lovely resounding’s, but as 400 bodies absorb the sound and also goes up into the vaulted ceiling, you have to sing up a notch. Not normally a problem as Graham usually tells us to sing more softly. Flint assembled on stage in front of the chancellery, we then confused the audience by starting the concert off at the back of the church, under the tower with ‘Close Thine Eyes’ before Flint took over with six pieces followed by 5 of ours, a break, then back with 5 of ours, 6 of theirs before the final 4 joint pieces. Flint St J 2014-06-21 013a lrThe audience seemed to enjoy it and gave us a standing ovation as we marched off down St J’s very wide main aisle. Nick Brown, Rector – The Louth Team Ministry – with a musical background, was asked to do a critique. I will post it once I have it. We then entertained the choir, and their entourage, with finger food, a stone’s-throw away at the old Town Hall in its magnificent ball room, the whole edifice having been built with typical Victorian splendour in 1853. Our Octangle sang a few of their entertaining repertoire (they are a sub-group within the choir who do Flint St J 2014-06-21 015a lrconcerts in their own right as well as doing filler spots at our concerts), then we had a real treat as Flint got on stage and gave us some Welsh classics. A treat because during the concert we were off to the right and did not get the full blast, extenuated by a smaller venue, as the Town Hall gave us. There was a real bond between their MD, Huw Dunley and our Graham complimented by their new accompanists of only a few weeks, Morwen Blythin, and our Gwyn Law. Noson dda (I think),a wonderful night.Flint St J 2014-06-21 011a lr As a foot note, have you ever wondered why those in the front row, like me, are picked, it is a complete lie that we are all short and wouldn’t be able to see over the top of our taller colleagues, it is because we are all word perfect and are relied upon by the rest of the choir – I have the photographic proof – look at the gallery; no slur on Flint, an old trick for those ‘challenged’ by a new piece. Our last concert of the season, and a good musical note to go out on.

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