The Northampton Male Voice Choir gave a warm and heartfelt concert on Saturday evening (30th May) in St Mary & St Giles Church, with guest performers James Jarvis (cello) and Helen Rouse (piano) giving the men’s voices a break with their duets in both the first and second half of the concert.  The church was filled with the sound of nearly 40 male voices in beautiful harmony.  As Stephen Bell, their Musical Director explained to the audience the choir is award winning – it recently won its class in both the Oundle and the Northampton Male Voice choir festivals.  The cello and piano duets were performed beautifully by James and Helen.

Northampton Male Voice Choir

The programme was:

Choir

  • Let All Men Sing
  • Walk Away
  • The Sound of Silence
  • Gwahodiad (sung in English)

James and Helen

  • Suite Française, Op.114 by Paul Bazelaire

    (i) Bourrée d’Auvergne

    (ii) Chanson d’Alsace

    (iii) Chanson de Bresse

    (iv) Berceuse populaire française

    (v) Montagnarde d’Auvergne

Choir

  • American Trilogy
  • My Lord What a Morning (An American Spiritual)
  • My Love is like a Red Red Rose
  • The Wonder of You

Interval

Choir

  • With a Voice of Singing
  • Go Down Moses (with David singing the solo)
  • Let It Be Me
  • Anthem from Chess

James and Helen

  • Sonatina for ‘cello and piano by Pál Járdányi

    (i) Larghetto

    (ii) Allegro assai

  •  Appassionato (originally for violin and piano), Op.75, No.3 by Antonin Dvorák
  • Scherzo for ‘cello and piano, Op.12, No.2 by Daniel van Goens

Choir

  • I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables)
  • Bring Him Home (Les Miserables)
  • Do You Hear the People Sing (Les Miserables)
  • Unchained Melody
  • Encore: Saints – some say love it like a river

Northampton Male Voice Choir closeup

I would like to thank all the Music for all @ SMSG front of house team, Stephen Bell and the choir and accompanist, and James and Helen for their wonderful performances.  After expenses this concert raised £185.60 for the organ fund casework.

James Jarvis and his cello

Helen Rouse and James Jarvis

You can see more photos of this event at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78058413@N06/sets/72157653978488285

Words and photos by Anna Page
Tagged: cello, Helen rouse, james jarvis, male voice choir, Music for all at SMSG, northampton male voice choir, Piano
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