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By Christine Kalveks
After a warm and witty welcome by Mike Senior, The Ridgeway Chorale, under the able baton of Richard Grylls, entertained a full capacity audience at St John the Baptist Church, The Lee on Saturday 7th May.
The concert which was in aid of the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home and The Lee Church raised £1,200 and offered a varied programme of music from the 16th century to the present day, including several pieces by Mendelssohn. Highlights included ‘Hear my Prayer’, featuring soprano soloist Katie Hughes, ‘Brigg Fair’, a traditional song with a tenor solo from Ian Jones, and various 20th century songs such as ‘Only You’ by Vincent Clarke and Billy Joel’s ‘Lullabye’.
In the latter part of the concert, the choir divided into two groups and adopted positions at each end of the church to deliver a very memorable rendition of Mendelssohn’s ‘Kyrie’ and ‘Heilig’, which was atmospheric and very well received, especially as the church had been so beautifully lit for the occasion.
Our very own Glenys Groves made a welcome return to The Lee to complement the choral programme and delight us all with songs by Mendelssohn and Stolz as well as two humorous numbers by Cole Porter. She was radiant!
While the singers rested their voices half way through the concert, Cliff Brown treated the audience to an organ recital of some short pieces by Leon Boellmann. The entertainment concluded with a finale which called for audience participation in ‘Just a song at Twilight’ and ‘Heart of Oak’. It was a hugely entertaining evening, and the wine and conversation which followed the concert were also greatly appreciated by all.
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