Choir wows its audience

Choir president John Pritchard(front centre) with officials and guests.''Photo by Peter Jordan
Choir president John Pritchard(front centre) with officials and guests.''Photo by Peter Jordan

Nottingham’s Albert Hall echoed to the sounds of Songs and Music from Stage and Screen, which was the theme for Bestwood Male Voice Choir’s 62nd Annual Gala Concert.

The concert, supporting the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity, delighted an appreciative audience which included prestigious guests Wendy Start, the Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, and Professor Chris Bunce (research director for the charity) among others.

The combined talents of the 60-strong choir conducted by Mirec Rus and the rising stars of the Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra, led by Phil Smith, proved to be a recipe for success.

Showcasing its appealing new repertoire the choir made its mark with renditions of all-time favourites from the likes of Carousel, Oklahoma, Les Miserables, South Pacific and many more, while the young musicians served up a treat with a Spot the Tune medley which had the audience guessing.

Choir president John Pritchard, in his role as compere, was on top form with a fun-packed array of anecdotes and funny stories, while accompanist Hilary Griffiths played her part.

Making worthy contributions too were soloists, Colin Pursglove, Adrian Griffiths and Mark Brown, while the band’s trumpet player George Savage showed his versatility with a pleasing rendition of Mr. Bojangles.

The charity concert ended on a high note with the choir dedicating a moving hymn tune The Mansions of the Lord, to those who fought in the Great War and to its long-serving member George Durant, who was at the D-Day Landings in 1944.

The choir and band then teamed up to provide a haunting version of Adele’s Skyfall which set the seal on a well-received concert performance.