With Levowan XII in Liskeard
Our first joint concert with Levowan XII took place on Saturday 23rd June at Liskeard Methodist Church, in the midst of road closures and limitations imposed as a result of the Carnival procession setting off on its route around the town. Undaunted by this, a few good men set forth with flyers to ensure that the crowds lining the streets in the warm evening sunshine were made aware of the concert taking place in their midst a short while after.
By far the busiest contributor to this great evening of contrasting music was our MD Marcus Alleyne, who, whilst we rested in between sets, took on his other role for the evening being one of the twelve Levowan Choristers as well as their MD.
As if this wasn't enough, our MC John Ead suddenly felt under the weather forcing him to return home, much to his disappointment missing the concert....and Marcus took over his role for the evening. Not a joke was endured (sorry I meant enjoyed) during the whole event!
Our repertoire for the evening began with 'Morte Christe', more accustomed to being sung as a finale, and continued with the increasingly popular 'There Will I Be' and 'And Can it Be', a 'Sea' themed middle set, and a final set of enthusiastically received 'stirring' pieces, including American Trilogy' and 'Alexanders Ragtime Band'.
For most of us, it was our first taste of Levowan's music. Knowing what is demanded of us by Marcus, we we were anticipating some great music, and we were not disappointed.
Commencing with 'Arise', 'Summertime', and 'Nightingale' we listened in quiet envy at their SSTB version of 'Danny Boy', our own version of which has thus far failed to meet the exacting standards required of us. Seriously though, it was beautifully sung, and we hope to have ours ready very soon now. After the interval, their final two sets included the brilliant and familiar to many 'And so it Goes' by Billy Joel, and a great medley of sea songs during which we were unleashed to add more weight to the refrain of 'Rule Brittania'. Levowan, like Loveny are very fortunate to have a great Accompanist, and Mark Smith played brilliantly throughout. He clearly must have three arms, because I caught sight of him conducting too!
Having been proposed and unanimously agreed at Committee, it had been hoped for some weeks that an occasion would arise where 'Honorary Life Membership' could be bestowed upon two of our past members who had been both long serving Choristers and hard working Committee officers, who had only retired because of ill health.
With a bit of back room organisation by Dave, and despite the disruption outside, both Ted Pascoe and Brian Carder (thanks to Russell Chapman for bringing Brian in from Yelverton) were able to make it to the concert. and were able to receive their certificates in person as planned. Both Brian and Ted were clearly surprised and moved by the presentation, it was quite an emotional moment for all of us, and it was great to see them both again.
Closing the concert with what might have been called 'a risky' strategy' doesn't bother Marcus, and after a quick pre-concert practice, Levowan took to the pulpit and steps above us, and 'The Battle Hymn of The Republic' (work in progress for Loveny) and 'Hallelujah' were sang jointly, sounding rather good too!
After retiring to the back room for some light refreshment, it was on to the British Legion next door, to finish the evening with our traditional 'Afterglow'.
Many thanks to Marcus, Mark, the Ladies and Gents of Levowan, and our own Accompanist Suzanne who played beautifully as always. It was really great to start building our relationship with Levowan, and we hope to meet up again soon. Thanks also to our own Ladies who prepared the 'feast' brought in by all the Choristers of both choirs, and served tea's and coffee.....and of course cleared up afterwards. What would we do without you!
Our next outing is on Sunday 1st July. Out in the open at the Bandstand on Padstow Quay.
Let's hope this great weather continues for that....