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Gala Concert with our Guests, Mello'D


We held our Gala concert this year in Liskeard Town Hall, and what a great venue it was, just made for concerts. The Gala is held once a year and is the only concert the choir holds to raise funds for the choir and promote ourselves. Our Musical Director for the evening was Colin Arthur, who also sang solo in 'Ride the Chariot' , our Accompanist was Heather Taylor, and the evening was brilliantly compered by our own John Ead. Loveny sang some modern and some older pieces such as 'African Prayer' by Enoch Sontonga, 'The Rose' made famous by Bette Midler and an old favourite of male voice singing recently brought back in the Choir’s repertoire 'Let the Lower Lights Be Burning' by Phillip Bliss, to mention just a few.

Loveny's guests this year were the wonderful Mello’D from Pontypool in South Wales. The Choir has sung with us several times before, and we have a very special relationship with them. They are a very talented group of eight ladies, as a matter of fact they represented Wales last year in the German music festival. Their ability to sing with real professionalism is remarkable, and the enjoyment they derive from their music is plain for all to see . They sang a variety of mostly modern songs including among others, the haunting melody of 'Songbird' by the late great Eva Cassidy, the inspirational 'Adiemus' by Karl Jenkin (which interestingly is not in Latin as many people think, but consists of syllables made up by the composer), and finished with 'Run' by Snow Patrol. The evening was rounded up with Loveny and Mello’D singing together in Welsh, 'Calon Lan', and the great Welsh hymn 'Gwahoddiad'. Judging by the rapturous applause throughout the concert a great evening was had by one and all!

The following day, Mello'D travelled to Treverbyn, where they sang with Loveny last year, to sing in support of Cancer Charities at a 'Cream Tea' afternoon in their well appointed Community Centre. A number of Loveny Choristers attended, and again tried manfully to get their tongues around the Welsh pronunciation when they sang with the Ladies.

We cannot thank Mello'D enough for their support of this event and our Gala, and hope to meet them again in 2017.


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