April 20th’s concert took place on a bright, but showery day, with the Orphean singers complementing the weather by presenting a contrasting range of music to an audience of both adults and school children. The performance began with a spirited – and mischievous! – interpretation of a selection from ‘The Jungle Book’.
‘How Can I Keep From Singing’ followed, a lilting melody, after which Andrew treated us to a flowery conundrum of thwarted love in his solo piece.
The choir continued with ‘Pick a Bale of Cotton’, the harmonies evoking the harsh and repetitious conditions of the workers in America’s Deep South in this soulful performance. Westlife’s ‘I Have a Dream’ was next, a lyrical, popular song.
The pianist, Hannah, then performed an intense and passionate piece by an Argentinian composer, to which the audience responded very enthusiastically, before being invited to sing an anthem, ’50 Years of Milton Keynes’, written in celebration of MK’s Golden Jubilee. The audience’s contribution was praiseworthy!
The next soloist, Marilyn, chose ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ and again the audience was invited to join in with her lively and cheerful presentation.
The final Orphean offering was a selection from ‘West Side Story’, a stunning way to end this special and varied concert, delivered with such good humour. Many thanks to all in the choir and particularly to the soloists, Andrew, Hannah and Marilyn. As always, thanks go to Fiona, Gill and Jean for making and serving the much appreciated refreshments, and to Lesley for arranging the concert. £73.28 was donated for organ maintenance.
Words by Andrea Hearne, photos by Richard Hearne