Cottingham Musical Festival – 11th May, 2013

Cottingham programme 20130001 weblrWhat a difference a month makes, after our disappointment at Eskdale last month somewhat of a triumph this, with LMVC at the Cottingham Musical Festival winning 3 trophies from 5 of the Choir Classes we entered; and Quadwrangle (our distilled quartet) also winning theirs. In fact our Louth Boys Choir came second to Quadwrangle separated by only one mark; this was particularly pleasing given all the effort put in by Collette Cooper and accompanist Mary Oxley with the boys who then serenaded us in the coach coming home being delighted with their score of 84 (Commended). Yet again we were up against the East Riding Youth Singers (ERYS) who were supreme in beating us in our first class, Sacred

Malcolm Kerridge, chairman, with Graham Burrell, music director
Malcolm Kerridge, chairman, with Graham Burrell, music director

Music – when they started with Gaudate it brought back my memories of Steeleye Span’s version, both acapella. Can you imagine this getting in the hit charts as it did in 1973? They followed up with The Lamb for which they won the Rene Todd Trophy for the best performance of all the 9 classes of the day (they also won it last year). I think Graham Burrell, our musical director, however, will give us a talking to at Tuesday’s rehearsal as we sleepwalked into this first class with St Pauls and Prayer Of The Children. We did recover winning Male Voice with Homeless and Londonderry Air, there were some extenuating circumstances, you had to be there, but we did get a lot of praise from Vivien Pike the adjudicator! We went on to win Songs From The Shows with Seasons Of Love and Blue Skies. Age can triumph over youth and we did beat the teenagers of ERYS in the Spiritual class with Lily Of The Valley – it gets the audience every time. We were runners up in the final section, Choir Recital, and in fact Vivien Pike said there was less than a mark between us and ERYS, we sang Gwahoddiad, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor, and The Rose.  Graham will doubtless agree with all the ‘could do better’ comments made during the adjudications, as they are mainly things he tells us all the time – the stubbiness of age (…old dogs… new tricks); but there were a lot of positives. The photo shows Malcolm Kerridge, our chairman, with Graham Burrell, our musical director.