Churnet Valley Male Voice Choir
THE Spring Concert at Alton brought together The Uttoxeter Town Brass Band and The Churnet Valley Male Voice Choir in a Charity Concert in aid of St Peter's Church, Alton.
A packed crowd at Alton's beautifly appointed Village Hall enjoyed a wide ranging mix of thoughtful and rousing music each side of an appetising Pie & Pea supper by Peter Lymer of Leek, followed by a choice of the famous puddings by The Ladies of St Peter's.
The Choir, accompanied by John Clarke and under the direction of Janet Downing, began with the lively "Rhythm of Life" followed by three songs from "Les Miserables."
Hits such as "He Aint Heavy" by The Hollies, "Walk Away" by Matt Munro and "You Raise Me Up, by "Westlife" were well received by the audience, and a highly entertaining Guitar interlude by Stan Sorby and Paul Johnson, including an Irish theme complete with extraordinary headgear, put a smile on everyone's face.
The Choir's programme was drawn to a close with a swing treatment of "Lullaby of Broadway", lively spiritual "Down by the Riverside" and their trademark version of "When The Saints Go Marching In."
The Band, under the direction of Rob Smith, began their programme with the march "Amparito Roca" by Texidor and a contrasting version of Elgar's "Shepherds Song" followed by a foot tapping version of "76 Trombones" and the classic brass band piece "Light of The World" by salvationist Dean Goffin.
An unusual arrangement of The Proclaimers "I'm Gonna Be" and poignant tune "The Rose" completed the first half of the concert.
The second half began in an original manner with a lone drummer playing on stage as the audience helped themselves to seconds at The Pudding Table.
He was then joined one at a time by his colleagues until we had the whole band on stage playing "The Great Escape".
The almost obligatory "Radetsky March" brought the concert to it's finale: "Fantasia on British Sea Songs" followed by "Jerusalem" and "Pomp and Circumstance No.1 Land of Hope and Glory" Led by The Choir and with the spirited assistance of a happy and satisfied audience.
The Band and The Choir are both non-competitive organisations who exist purely for the sheer pleasure of making music.
The self-funding community brass band welcomes players of all ages and abilities, and in addition to the main band runs a development band for beginners and players who have not played for a while and want to give it another go.
Rehearsals take place at JCB Lakeside Club Rocester every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. Just turn up or telephone 07543 672117.
The Churnet Valley Male Voice Choir welcomes men of any age who might enjoy singing for fun and demands no prior musical knowledge. The Choir has a reputation for creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and provides a varied and regularly updated repertoire.
Rehearsals take place at Bishop Rawle School, Royal Walk, Cheadle, every Tuesday evening 7.30pm till 9.30pm (and afterwards at The Huntsman). Just turn up or telephone 07970654617 to see if a lift can be arranged.