Reading Male Voice Choir 50th Anniversary Concert


On Saturday 2 July a choir of Upper II students were the guests of Reading Male Voice Choir for their 50th Anniversary Concert at Reading Concert Hall.  

The Choir arrived at the venue to rehearse with Hilary James and Simon Mayor, a duo who play a number of different instruments and also write songs for children; they were two of the last guest presenters of Play School before it ended in 1988.  A quick whistle-stop tour to learn the song A Flock of Fat Flamingoes was followed by a rehearsal of the songs the choir had learned to sing especially for the concert.  We continued with a joint rehearsal with the 50+ strong Reading Male Voice Choir of two songs that the two choirs would sing together for the finale.  

The concert included a variety of genres with traditional songs such as Danny Boy and Shenandoah, to songs from musicals and films including The Rhythm of Life from Sweet Charity and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines from the film of the same name.  Our choir sang three songs, Do I Hear you Gossiping, Show me a Mountain by one of our favourite composers Lin Marsh and finally A la Cart, a humorous song about Mozart building a go cart from his harpsichord.  

The choir sang beautifully in the Concert Hall which has the most amazing acoustics and Clive Waterman the Musical Director of Reading Male Voice Choir has already mentioned working together for future performances.  A wonderful evening of music-making, supported by many parents of the choir, will stay in our memories for a long time.

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