Reading MVC, guests at LMVC’s annual concert

 

LMVC & RMVC St J 120623
LMVC & RMVC St J 120623

LMVC invited Reading MVC to its annual concert in St James on 23rd June. The two choirs’ programmes complemented themselves perfectly and both included arrangements by the internationally renowned Gwyn Arch, RMVC’s musical director. In fact both choirs quickly found that they could adapt to subtle changes in style as Gwyn and Graham Burrell (LMVC’s MD) moulded the combined choirs’ five ensemble pieces, to be performed as the finale, during the brief rehearsal. The concert started at 7.30 pm with LMVC singing under the tower a cappella, Close Thine Eyes, RMVC followed by marching in through the church and down the aisle to the stage, set in front of the chancel, to Conquest of Paradise. They then continued with their first section starting with Steal Away, Laudamus, Carrickfergus, When the Love come Trickalin’ Down, and finally,  Benedictus and Sanctus before exiting the stage. On came LMVC to sing Angels (yes we are almost modern!), then a Caribbean trilogy of Day-O, Yellow Bird and Jamaican Farewell, Deus Salutis, and finally Homeless. A short break for photographs ensued before LMVC woke up the audience with Kamate Kamate and the rest of the set from Songs from the Land of The long White Cloud before the choirs changed on the stage for Reading’s second half. For this they performed House of The Rising Sun, The Wind Beneath My Wings, Shenandoah, The Deadwood Stage, No Man Is an Island and Battle Hymn Of The Republic. The Finale was the combined choirs singing Speed Your Journey, African Trilogy, Prayer of the Children, Down By the Riverside and Gwahoddiad. LMVC invited their quests to The Masons Arms where after food and refreshments (maybe a little alcohol) impromptu singing broke out, the wives and partners may have looked a little bemused but you can’t keep a good song inside a scrum of male singers. Some of RMVS’s 60 odd members stayed with the 40 odd members of LMVC, the rest in local hotels. Reading sang again during St James’ morning service the next day before leaving for home. All agreed it had been a memorable experience.