On a grey and misty morning, the vibrant, cheery notes of ‘Oklahoma’ launched the March lunchtime concert. The Orphean Singers gave us a musical medley threaded through by the motif of the positivity of love, both human and divine.
John Rutter’s ‘A Clare Benediction’ showed this clearly: ’May He bless all your loved ones and cherish them; Ev'ry friend, ev'ry stranger at your door’, a moving piece, followed by ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’ sung to The Vicar of Dibley theme tune. Conductor Kath Hindley and pianist Brenda brought out both the essence and the age old words of reassurance of this psalm.
Soloist Malcolm shared his interpretation of Luigi Denza ‘s ‘Funiculi Funicula’, asking us to ‘Harken, harken, with a happy heart!’ – and the audience clearly did! After Burt Bacharach’s ‘Close to you’ and ‘Tell me it’s not true’, Marilyn sang ‘Tell me on a Sunday’, putting us all in a more reflective mood about the power of love.
Joe Laredo and Dave King’s piano duet of ‘The Rhythm of Life’ was brilliant, with lots of foot tapping in evidence. Joe continued with ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ and ‘Well Did You Evah’, two favourites the audience was keen to sing along to.
Chrissie sang ‘Second Hand Rose, another wonderful solo performance from this talented choir, and then ‘Flying Free’ brought the concert to a close, with the powerful refrain ‘So life's a song that I must sing, a gift of love I must share’ very much brought to life by the Orphean Singers.
This concert raised £77.65 for the organ casework. The organ builders, who have started re-installing the Willis Pipe organ into the church, were glad to sit and eat their lunch during the concert.
Words by Andrea Hearne, photos by Richard Hearne