Prizes for LMVC at Cottingham Music Festival 2012


LMVC successfully took part in the annual Cottingham Methodist Church Musical Festival. The festival covering all aspects of music runs for 12 Fridays and Saturdays from the end of January to mid February. LMVC entered in five sections of the ’Choral and Singing Classes’ held on the last day, winning 2 trophies and coming second in the other three.

Snacks before the start

As tends to be the case, most choirs were not in their first throes of youth (LMVC being no exception) but there were two outstanding young choirs, the first, East Riding Youth Choir of teenagers, quite rightly beat LMVC into second place in one of the classes with an outstanding version of Bring Him Home from Les Misérables for which they won the overall prize for the best piece of the combined classes. The second was Acapella, a quartet of 20 something’s who sang Madrigals, who knows what would have happened if they had been in any of our classes! LMVC won The George W Cockerline Trophy for the class ‘Choirs, Open Age Male Voices’ with Irvin Berlin’s Alexander’s Ragtime Band and Kurt Bestor’s Prayer of the Children, the last piece obtaining distinction marks.

Cottingham Methodist Church, 2012

In the  next class, ‘Choirs, Open Age, Any Voice, Choir Recital’ LMVC came joint second with Driffield MVC with the Maori  Songs From The Land Of The Long White Cloud, arranged by Gwyn Arch  and, Robbie William’s & Guy Chamber’s,  Angels. LMVC also came second in the ‘Choirs, Open Age, Any Voice, Sacred Music’ with Alan Simmons’s arrangement of Amen and Mansel Thomas’s arrangement of Deus Salutus, sung in Welsh. The third second place was in the ‘Songs From The Shows, Open Age, Any Voice’ class with Hey Look Me Over from the musical Wild Cat, arranged by Clay Warnick and Seasons Of Love from Rent,  words and music by Jonathan Larson.

Cottingham Music Festival, 2012

The second win, was The H & M Chew Memorial Trophy, in the ‘Spiritual, Any Voice’ class with an outstanding opening solo, by 2nd  Bass, Russ Harrison, commented on by the adjudicator Marilynne Davies who again awarded the choir distinction marks, with the choir’s rendition of Down By The Riverside, arranged by Gwyn Arch. Davies also complimented LMVC’s accompanist, Gwyn Law, calling him a ‘wizard’ suspecting someone might try to steal him, but Gwyn also occasionally sings 1st Bass, so hands off.  The final thanks must go to Graham Burrell, the choir’s musical director, whose steadfast determination and musical direction got us there.