February 17th 2018 saw our second ever Valentine's Day Concert, "Love is in the Air", performed at Christ Church in Perry Street. The chosen charity this time was the British Heart Foundation and BCC were delighted to welcome, Ian Ward the Chairman of the local branch and many others who support this vital charity to the evening.
The concert began with two new choir pieces: "I've Never Been in Love Before" from the musical "Guys and Dolls" and "Annie's Song" by John Denver which had proved particularly challenging in rehearsal. A member of the choir remarked to me "cor that's the best we have sung that!"
This was followed by The Valentine Roses (formerly The Belles) beautiful rendition of "Can You Feel The Love Tonight", written by Elton John. The ladies had gallantly learnt this within a very short space of time.
The choir wowed the 200 strong audience with one of their favourites, Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love". Next it was the surprise item, the charming "Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific.
Gill entertained us exuberantly on the flute next with "You" form S Club 7. Then the ever changing men's group called The Doddering Diddies lead by Peter and with new member, Martin performed the upbeat Manfred Mann 1964 hit "Doo Wah Diddy".
The choir successfully achieved the challenge laid down by Music Director, Deborah Morgan by singing with gusto and without words the fun piece
Photos from top to bottom:
Sopranos in voice, Ian Ward BHF, Mike in action, Vince and Andy Remember it Well, More Sopranos in voice, The Doddering Diddies, Gill brings S Club to the flute, Peter does Frank Sinatra,
Debs leads the choir in song
"You're Just in Love" from Madam Butterfly by Irving Berlin. One member of the audience told me in the tea queue that he thought this was our best piece. Thank goodness Deborah chosen this our reprieve.
It was then time to hear from Ian Ward about the wonderful work of the British Heart Foundation. This was supported by a very informative short video.
It was time for Mike the maestro himself to entertain us next with the 18th variation on a theme by Paganini composed by Rachmaninoff.
Peter then returned to the stage to captivate the audience with "Funny Valentine" from the 1930’s Broadway musical Babes in Arms. This was followed by a musical medley from choir including the romantic oldie "Always" by Irving Berlin straight into "Something Stupid" by Nancy and “ol blue eyes” himself Frank Sinatra.
Vince and Andy performed for the first time together entertaining the assembled throng with "I Remember it Well" from Gigi.
The evening was brought to a climax by three numbers from the choir: "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" a supposedly very British song which is thought to have actually been written by Manning Sherwin in France; "Come Fly With Me" another Sinatra and more recently Michael Buble classic followed with the evening being completed by what has become the choir's anthem, "The Rose" a number made popular by Bette Midler
Thanks to audience generosity the concert raised an amazing £700 for the British Heart Foundation. We look forward to presenting them with the cheque.