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Lanivet with Millpool Chorale


To a full to capacity audience, in the middle of Cornwall, Loveny Male Voice Choir and Millpool Chorale gave a concert in the lovely church in Lanivet, The concert was dedicated to the memory of much loved Gilbert Roose better known as Gil one of Loveny’s founder members, Gil was also was associated with Millpool Chorale, indeed his daughter Shirley sings with them.

The MC for the evening one of Loveny’s baritones John Ead, he enlightened the audience with his connections with Millpool Chorale, his sister sings with them and I believe he is related to Jenny Simmons their MD. With his usual vibrant style kept the audience entertained throughout with his funny stories about Gil and himself going back some years.

The Ladies of Millpool Chorale were very entertaining and the quality of singing was first class. They sang a varied mixture of traditional and popular music, amongst them You Raise me Up made popular in the UK by the Irish boy band Westlife, the traditional spiritual Shine On Me arranged by Rolo Dilworth and the foot tapping Is This The way to Amarillo first released in the UK in 1971 and re-issued in 2005 in a version featuring Peter Kay, it proved so popular with the audience the Chorale sang it again at the end of their performance as an encore. Millpool Chorale’s Musical Director was Jenny Simmons and their Accompanist was Rosemary Heard.

Loveny under the directorship of their MD Richard Braebrook and accompanied on the piano by Sarah Scott sung a selection of songs from their repertoire, the traditional Lily of the Valley, the solo part was sung by Colin Arthur Loveny’s principal tenor, Ride the Chariot a Negro spiritual the solo part again sung by Colin. Another American Negro spiritual this time the solo was sung by Stuart Reeves. These were contrasted with American Trilogy made famous by Elvis Presley this arrangement was by Alwyn Humphreys. Richard with his great enthusiasm even got the audience involved by getting them to participate in singing with the choir Edelweiss and Climb Every Mountain from the Sound of Music he has done this in several concerts and proves to be popular with the audiences. These are but a few of what the choir sung; they ended their selection by singing the bouncy dynamic Alexander’s Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin. The concert finished with Loveny and invited members of the audience singing the great hymn Morte Christi.

Judging by the rapturous applause throughout the concert and the comments from the audience afterwards a fine evening was had by One and All.

I must congratulate the ladies of the Church for the raffle and the splendid spread they laid on for everyone afterwards and also to the Borough Arms for their generous hospitality.

Loveny’s next concert is at St Agnes Parish Church on Saturday 25th July at 730pm the soloist will be Peter Bawden. The concert is in aid of Church funds.

Loveny Male Voice Choir practice every Thursday from 730pm in St Neot village hall; new members are always welcome. For further information contact Dave on 01208 368773, or just turn up.

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