MK U3A choir at SMSG

MK U3A choir at SMSG

Our second event of Saturday 20th June 2015 was a lovely concert by the MK U3A choir. This came about partly because some months earlier when contacting local organisations to find anyone who might be interested in helping with the history research for the Willis pipe organ I contacted the Milton Keynes branch of the University of the Third Age.  The choir members were keen to put on a concert for the organ fund even though none of them was able to help with historical research and a summer date was fixed.  The choir's musical Director Pat Mountford and accompanist Jennifer Mazzone brought them to the church a few days earlier for a final rehearsal so they could get to know the acoustic at St Mary & St Giles.

Their programme was:

U3A Choir

  • Gonna Rise up Singin' (Don Besig)
  • Ave Verum (Mozart)
  • The Lord is my Shepherd (Howard Goodall)

Soloist - Ralph Mazzone

  • Where e'er you walk (Handel)

U3A Choir

  • The Seal Lullaby (Eric Whitacre)
  • As Long as I have Music (Besig and Price)
  • Skye Boat Song (arr L'Estrange)
  • Make a song for my heart to sing (Julie Knowles)
  • Medley from the Sound of Music (Rogers & Hammerstein) - for audience participation
  • I'll stand by you (Hynde, Kelly & Steinberg)

Reflections (a sub group of the choir)

  • How can I keep from singing (Lowry arr Scott)

U3A Choir

  • You Raise me up (Graham/Loviand)
  • Like a River (Lantz and Lantz)

Solo - Ralph Mazzone

  • Linden Lea (Vaughn Williams)

U3A Choir

  • When I'm Sixty-four (Lennon and McCartney)
  • Can you feel the love tonight (Elton John)
  • Medley from 'Les Miserables' (C-Michel Schonberg)

We served refreshments at the end of the concert rather than during an interval and this worked well on a warm summer evening when the church was still light.  We had a good crew of volunteers helping with front of house and an audience of 35.  We raised £106.45 for the organ casework as a result of the lovely singing by MK U3A choir and I know of at least one of their pieces which was picked up by several of our Parish Singers as something we would like to sing in the near future.  I would like to thank the U3A choir for such a heartwarming evening of music and all the volunteers for their help.

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Words and photos by Anna Page