Posted on 28th September 2015
As a non regular to these things I found it a very worthwhile experience to be part of the 100 Voices in the concert last Saturday evening at The King’s Centre.
The event started at 7.30 but the venue was buzzing long before that, with queues on the door at 6.45. Eventually the hall was almost full with over 450 people when the concert began.
It was a great privilege to be able to sing with such a large group, in which so many had a great talent for music and singing. The sound they made seemed astonishing from my perspective and I can hardly wait to see and hear the sound on the DVD recording of the concert. The audience was blown away by some of the soloists. So they should have been I suppose, as a couple of them sing professionally, and they were incredibly good.
Personally I enjoyed most The Battle Hymn of the Republic, the medley from Les Miserables and a couple of standard classics Tonight and Some Enchanted Evening, as well as You’ll Never Walk Alone of course.
The conductor, Richard Haslam, was brilliant and a lifesaver for me, as I was not only stuggling with some of the notes but also with some of the lyrics. I felt comfortable in the middle and somewhere near the back of the choir as I was very shaky on one or two of the pieces and I’m not very adept at miming! The people I’ve spoken to since all agreed that it was a fantastic night of music.
It was a very satisfying thing to do for a couple of weeks, and that’s all the time we had to put it all together. That alone speaks very highly of the ability of the Conductor and of Susan Fleet, who put the whole thing together. To think that she managed to raise over £8000 on the evening is a marvellous achievement. The money will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
There is a DVD in the making as I speak, being produced by Paul Noble who did all the filming on the night. At £12.95 it should be a bargain I reckon.
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