CITY OF LINCOLN
MALE VOICE CHOIR

Recent Concerts




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2018
Saturday, 6 OctoberHartsholme House Concert
Saturday, 19 OctoberAll Saints Church Eagle Concert
Saturday, 10 NovemberPoppy Appeal Concert, North Hykeham Methodist Church
Saturday, 24 NovemberTennyson Wharf Care Home Concert
Friday, 14 DecemberBunkers Hill Care Home Concert
2019
Saturday, 6 AprilRAFA Wings Appeal Concert
Friday, 17 MayBroadway to the West End Concert, Terry o'Toole Theatre, North Hykeham


Please go to the 'Looking Back>Archive>Concerts' webpage for details of our earlier concerts.



Hartsholme House Concert 6 October 2018

For several years now we have been giving a short concert to the residents of the care home at Hartholme House, set in the leafy suburbs of Lincoln just off the Skellingthorpe Road.

Hartsholme House

There is not a great deal of room to squeeze us all in to the end of their lounge. We have to arrange ourselves in a slightly different way such that we all experienced some rather unusual acoustics for each individual. Although the setting is rather more up close and personal than we are used to, nevertheless the residents always enjoy the music we bring them and this concert was no exception.

To be fair to our audience, we start now mid-afternoon rather than early evening and we sing just one 'set' for about 45 minutes. The programme this time was:

Gwahoddiad
Speed Your Journey
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
What Would I Do Without My Music
Halleluyah
The Lincolnshire Poacher
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
A Roving
Rhythm Of Life
You Raised Me Up
The Dambusters' March

As in previous visits, it was a real joy to see how the residents responded to the sound of music. Indeed, we knew from past experience that, as soon as some of them recognised the song we were singing, they would join in, too!! This was one of those concerts where we knew it would be a success before we had sung a single note.



All Saints Church Eagle Concert 19 October 2018

Several years have passed since we last gave a concert in this lovely rural village church. Being the local for Henry, we were assured of a good, enthusiastic audience and a very warm welcome.

All Saints Church, Eagle

Unlike in some of the care homes we visit, the choir had plenty of space to spread out in and were clearly in very good spirits as they waited for the off.

Left-hand Half of the Choir

Right-hand Half of the Choir

Brian sang the voice solo in the first half, surrounded by all the artefacts of the harvest festival, or was it the preparations for Halloween?

Brian's Solo

The full programme was:

Gwahoddiad
Speed Your Journey
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Bright Eyes(Brian's solo)
What Would I Do Without My Music
Halleluyah
Going Home
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
A Roving

Interval

Somebody's Calling My Name
Highland Cathedral
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Blue Moon
When The Saints
Rhythm Of Life
You Raised Me Up
The Dambusters' March

This was a really enjoyable concert and, because we had not been here for so long, we knew we were bringing new music throughout to this very appreciative audience.



Poppy Appeal Concert 10 November 2018

2018 marked the ninth year that we have returned to the intimate and homely Methodist Church in North Hykeham for our annual concert in support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. This year's concert was especially poignant as we joined the rest of the country in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.

North Hykeham Methodist Church

Every year this concert has been a sell-out and this year was no exception providing us with perhaps our largest and most appreciative audience of the whole concert year. We were particularly pleased to have such a full audience because in the All Saints Church about 100 yards away across the road, they were holding an evening of poetry and songs commemorating soldiers from the Lincolnshire Regiment who had fought in WW1.

Once again we were delighted to have in the audience Nick Fairfax, the Community Fundraiser for the whole county of Lincolnshire. Throughout the 4 weeks of Remembrancetide, Nick has the huge task of co-ordinating the activities, the demands, the cries for help and the need for support of well over 100 Poppy Appeal Organisers. We felt really encouraged by his presence.

Nick Fairfax

Steve had organised the concert with the help of many others both in the choir and in the local Royal British Legion community. For example, Henry produced beautiful flyers, tickets and concert programmes all with the Poppy Appeal logo. Several members provided either raffle prizes and/or plates of foods for the buffet. Julian provided the solo in the first half and Heather not only accompanied us with her usual skills, but also played the cornet during the Act of Remembrance.

Poised for the Off

The choir enjoy singing at this venue because there is plenty of lateral space that allows us to be seated in three rows with sufficient elbow room to avoid any sense of being crowded together. Not only that but we now do concerts in a much neater and logical spacing of voice groupings that not only help us hear each other better, but also look more professional and ordered to those in the audience.


Neat and Professional

Julian chose for his solo two songs melded into one: Perfect by Ed Sheran and All of Me by John Legend. These he sang in his usual sensitive and powerful style which gave great meaning and atmosphere to both songs.

Julian's Solo

Crauford had chosen a programme of varied music that contained some old favourites and one or two new pieces, at least new for this concert venue. The first half of the concert was:

Gwahoddiad
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Softly As I Leave You
Going Home
Julian's Solo (Perfect by Ed Sheran and All of Me by John Legend)
A Roving
The Dambusters' March

After a short interval, we headed into a second half that was slightly shorter than the first half to allow time for the Act of Remembrance and the community singing at the end. The second half programme was:

Highland Cathedral
Lincolnshire Poacher
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
You Raise Me Up
Sailing
Airmen's Hymn
In Flanders Fields

Steve then introduced the Act of Remembrance. We were very privileged again this year to have Mrs Sheila Wood to give the Exhortation. Sheila has now become one of the longest serving Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal supporters in the whole country having given many decades of dedicated service in a wide variety of roles. The badges she proudly wears are unique in their number and record of achievement.

Mrs Sheila Wood

After Heather had played the Last Post, Sheila gave the Exhortation which was followed by a 2-minute silence. Heather then played Reveille and Nick Fairfax gave the Dedication at the end of the ceremony.

The Last Post

The evening finished in traditional style with the whole audience joining the choir in community singing of favourite songs from WW1 and WW2. Before everyone retired to the main hall for a delicious buffet supper, Steve announced that the evening had once again raised just over £500 for the Poppy Appeal.

Despite the choir changing its programme of concerts in 2019 to just two or three major concerts in large venues, there is a sense of obligation and collective need to continue to support the Poppy Appeal. The choir is booked to give the concert again next year on 9 November.

Choir Concert
Tennyson Wharf Care Home
Burton Waters
24 November 2018

We were delighted to return once again to the Burton Waters facility. The visit was just too early to enable us to sing carols, so we entertained the residents with a 45-minute programme of bright and cheerful songs.

Tennyson Wharf Care Home

The full programme was:

Gwahoddiad
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Softly As I Leave You
Going Home
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
A Roving
The Dambusters' March
Highland Cathedral
Lincolnshire Poacher
Sailing
Oh When the Saints
You Raise Me Up

Once again we could tell from the audience's reaction how much the residents enjoyed hearing and being stimulated by songs that they know and love.



Bunkers Hill Care Home Concert, 14 December 2018

We returned once again to the very modern Bunkers Hill Care Home to give the residents a taste of Christmas.

Bunkers Hill Care Home

Heather was otherwise engaged and could not accompany us, so Alex Wacarba-Wood, a very talented musician (and Music Director of the Skellingthorpe Village Choir) tickled the ivories for us instead and what a wonderful job he made of it despite having had very little exposure to our music and singing style.

Alex Ready for the Off

This is a busy and full care home. We were delighted to have such a large an appreciative audience who showed their enthusiasm after each song.

A Full Audience

The choir had a variety of different chairs to sit on, all of which were very comfortable and encouraged the occupant to enjoy a short snooze, not that Crauford gave us any chance to indulge.

40 Winks Anyone?

As usual at these venues we sang just one 45-minute set and this time we did a mixture of choir songs and carols. The full concert was:

Gwahoddiad
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Mary Had a Baby
Kwmbayah (Christmas Words)
A Roving
Gaudete
Away in a Manger
Highland Cathedral
You Raise Me Up
Silent Night
Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head
O, Come All Ye Faithfull
Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Once again we came away satisfied that we had brought music and social stimulation to folks who benefitted greatly from our presence. It was a job well done.



RAFA Wings Appeal Concert, 6 April 2019

We returned once again to the delightful North Hykeham Methodist Church to give possibly a final concert to support the RAFA Lincoln Wings Appeal. Final concert possibly because the future of the RAFA Branch is by no means certain.

North Hykeham Methodist Church

Heather was particularly busy for this concert as two of the new items we sang required a huge amount of rapid, complex and demanding accompanying music, which she played with great panache and accuracy.

Heather in Her Element

In preparation for our big concert on 17 May in the nearby Terry O'Toole Theatre, we had been learning a lot of new material. We gave two of the new songs their first public airing at this concert: 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and 'New York, New York'. Also, in the first half Steve sang, as the voice solo, a gentle Irish ballard all about love at first sight.

Steve's Solo

The full programme was:

Gwahoddiad
Speed Your Journey
Rhythm Of Life
When The Saints
The Star of the County Down (Steve's solo)
Sailing
Cole Porter Medley
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway

Interval

You'll Never Walk Alone
Somebody's Calling My Name
The Dambusters' March
Blue Moon
What A Wonderful World
Highland Cathedral
Theme From New York, New York

We ended in the traditional way for our RAFA Wings Appeal concerts by inviting the large and very appreciative audience to join us in singing 'The Airman's Hymn for which we are allowed to remain seated.

At last we can sit down!

RAFA announced at the end that the evening had raised some £350 for their Wings Appeal charity. This was a fitting conclusion to what had been a very enjoyable concert. Whether we will sing for RAFA Lincoln again will very much depend on their future, but this will have been the 6th concert we have performed for them and we are delighted to have been instrumental in raising so much money over the years for this very worthy charity.

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Broadway to the West End Concert
Terry O'Toole Theatre, North Hykeham
17 May 2019

This concert was very much a step into the unknown for the choir. We had not sung before as the prime attraction in a proper theatre seating up to 190 people. The Terry O'Toole Theatre staff and management were really helpful and supportive, which made the whole venture easy to organise and perform. It involved a considerable financial outlay and risk in the hope that what we had to offer would attract a large audience.

Terry O'Toole Theatre

Getting the theatre ready required a huge amount of work backstage in a dimly lit, trip hazard-rich environment. Crauford took great care to ensure no-one fell victim to the plethora of cables, wires, microphone stands and other paraphenalia when we came on to rehearse and then perform.

Setting Up the Stage

While all this was going on, Brian, our Chairman, and Keith, our Civic Party Liaison, went outside to greet Lincoln's most recently-appointed Civic Party, the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Sue Burke and the Mayor's Consort, her husband Councillor Chris Burke. Neither is a stranger to the choir. Being the City of Lincoln Male Voice Choir, an unofficial sub-text to our name is the choir to the City of Lincoln's Mayor. We therefore take every oppoprtunity to invite the Civic Party to our major concerts. Chris was the deputy Mayor three years ago and the Mayor two years ago. What a joy, therefore, to welcome them both back now that his wife, Sue, had been appointed Mayor. And to put the cherry on the icing so to speak, Sue confirmed that our concert was their very first official function as the newly-appointed Civic Party. How honoured we were!

The Civic Party

To enhance the sound the choir made, Crauford had engaged bass player, Dominic, and percussionist, Kev, to support Heather's accompaniment of the choir. What a huge difference they both made. We had only two opportunities to rehearse with them, but under Crauford's careful guidance we quickly gelled together. Singing with such expert accompaniment from all three took the whole choir to a new level of experience and enjoyment.

Dominic, Heather and Kev

As the concert title implies, we sang a programme of hit songs from stage and screen musicals. Some, such as the Abba medley, took us way outside our comfort zone and were a real challenge to learn. But Crauford had spent a great deal of time preparing practice tracks for each voice group to help us to learn our parts. These enabled us to arrive at the concert brimming with confidence. Before we started Crauford, who was very familiar with real theatre productions, gave us a final briefing on what to expect.

Final Briefing

We knew that ticket sales had gone well. What we had not experienced before was seeing the theare audience with hardly a spare seat to be seen anywhere. The opening number, Rhythm of Life, received a thundering applause and we knew we were in for a great evening's entertainment.

Off and Away

The first half of the programme was:

Rhythm Of Life from Sweet Charity
I Dreamed A Dream from Les Misérables
Medley from Oliver
Summertime from Porgy and Bess (Julian's solo)
Lullaby of Broadway from 42nd Street
You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel
Theme Tune from New York, New York

The concert's theme offered plenty of opportunity for solo voice and Julian duly obliged in this first half with a very emotional rendering of Summertime from Porgy and Bess.

Julian's Solo

After a welcome interval, we had an additional guest in the second half when soprano Rachel Gray joined Julian for a perfectly sung duet, All I Ask Of You from The Phantom of the Opera. Just before the end of the concert Rachel came on again to sing solo Can You Feel The Love Tonight from Lion King.

Julian and Rachel

The second half of the programme was:

Do You Hear The People Sing from Les Misérables
Memory from Cats
All I Ask Of You from Phantom of the Opera (Julian and Rachel's duet)
Cole Porter Medley from Kiss Me Kate, High Society and Jubilee
Bring Him Home from Les Misérables
Can You Feel the Love Tonight from Lion King (Rachel's solo)
Medley from Abba Forever

The concert ended in a way we had never expected or experienced before. For the final item, Abba Forever, we invited the audience to join in the choruses of Mamma Mia, Waterloo and Dancing Queen. We had printed the words in the concert programme and turned the house lights up so that the words could be seen. Now at last we in the choir could see the audience and specifically just how much they were enjoying themselves, singing with great gusto and huge smiles. As the final chords of Dancing Queen died away the whole auditorium erupted in a thunderous ovation. This reception and show of heartfelt appreciation made all the hard work fully justified. It was a very emotional moment and one to savour for all choir members.

Looking back even a few days later, we have come to realise what a huge debt of gratitude we owe Crauford and Heather for the idea of the concert, their inspiration in helping us to learn new material, their faith in us to take a considerable financial risk which, by all accounts, has paid off handsomely and their taking the choir to a whole new genre of singing and performance. If at all possible, we hope to be back to the Terry O'Toole Theatre again next year. All we now need to do is think of a new theme.



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