On Saturday 9 July Luton Male Voice Choir were the guests of Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Voice Choir at a concert held at St Mary’s church in Nonnington, Kent. We received a very warm welcome from the host choir and spent a very pleasant afternoon with them including a rehearsal session and outdoor buffet.
Both choirs were pleased to see the church fill up as concert time approached. Snowdown opened the evening with a varied selection of pieces. Luton MVC followed with 6 pieces ranging in style from two songs from Les Miserables (Bring Him Home and I Dreamed a Dream) to Shenandoah, an American sea song.
After the interval it was time for more from LMVC leading off with African Prayer, a rousing song now incorporated into the South African national anthem. This was followed by a new piece for LMVC, Midnight Cry. This is a powerful American song which we believe is not on the repertoire of any other male voice choir in the UK. This set was concluded by American Trilogy, made famous by Elvis.
After another set by Snowdown which ended with a poignant rendering of World in Union the choirs combined to sing two classic male voice songs, the Welsh hymns Morte Christi and Gwahodiadd. With nearly 50 voices singing together these were powerful indeed and brought a very appreciative audience to its feet for a standing ovation.
Following the concert we joined the host choir for a splendid barbeque before heading home, tired but very satisfied with our day in Kent.
Mr Derek Girvan