Ludlow and Audlem choral enthusiasts listened to a magnificent choral treat with the combination of both Audlem Voices and Ludlow Male Voice Choir, performing in the same venue, Ludlow Methodist Church, last Saturday 20th July.
This was a first joint encounter, a friendly interfacing that showcased each choirs choral might! A member of Audlem Voices, Sally Keighley, is the daughter of the Ludlow Male Voice Choirs Musical Director Margaret Davies and they had suggested this joint event.
Audlem Voices, handsomely turned out in matching black and red attire on a hot and sultry evening and singing before a packed audience, commenced with their signature piece 'We are the Choir'.
This was followed by 'Panis Angelicus', rendered elegantly by the choir and underscoring its prayer-like simplicity, which moved the audience to contemplative listening.
A 'Tribute to Queen' followed and Jenny Collis-Smith, Audlem Voices Musical Director, suggested that the members of Ludlow Male Voice choir, who were sitting patiently in the balcony awaiting their turn, stamped their feet to the classic 'We will Rock You', whilst the audience clapped in the appropriate places. Suddenly, and to the amusement of all, the enthusiastic stamping caused dust to fall from the rafters above, showering down on Richard Lythall, our young, talented accompanist, who carried on playing regardless of the white dust covering both himself and the piano keys! What a trouper.
After a speedy brush down, Richard and the choir continued their first section with 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' and 'This is the Moment', displaying both musical versatility and variety.
Ludlow Male Voice Choir then took to the stage and performed a 'Cole Porter Medley', a 'Tom Jones Medley', 'Anthem from Chess' and finally a real tear jerking performance of 'Bring Him Home', from Les Miserables.
Finally the two choirs took to the stage in a joint rendition of 'Zadok the Priest' enhanced by Richard Lythall's spellbinding performance on the piano.
Having myself attended several Audlem Voices concerts,it was obvious to all of the audience that our choir had reached their peak of perfection. They showed adeptness in phrasing, intonation, clarity of lines and tight ensemble work, which brushed their singing with biting sensitivity.
The second half of the performances was equally magnificent and the two
choirs in their own right, engaged the audience in rapturous attention. The mighty applause at the end confirmed the audience's appreciation for a thoroughly enjoyable evening!
Audlem Voices would also like to forward their thanks to Ludlow Male Voice Choir for their generous hospitality. After the performance on Saturday evening they were treated to complimentary beer, wine and delicious bacon sandwiches, and on Sunday the hosting choir had arranged a sumptuous picnic, which rounded off a perfect weekend!