The Friends concert on Saturday evening was a pleasant and entertaining event which marked the debut of Corby Choir at the church.
The evening‘s programme was divided between performance of pieces that had a spiritual basis and theme: Morte Christe, (the hymn When I Survey), You Raise me up, and Shenandoah.
Rugby enthusiasts were treated to ”World in Union”, and in keeping with the Welsh rugby team due to play on Sunday, “Gwahoddiad” and ”Calon Lan” were appropriate good luck messages from the considerable Harborough attendance.
The choir also took its audience across the North Atlantic with moving thoughtful versions of Dixie, All my Trials and The Battle Hymn of the republic.
The choir’s singing was delivered with conviction, strong part work and solo numbers from representatives of the tenors and basses.
The Friends provided their customary liquid hospitality during the interval and that led in to a rousing second part of the performance where songs from the shows became the order of the evening.
South Pacific’s memorable “There Is Nothing Like A Dame“ the opening chorus from Oklahoma and classic Liverpudlian anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” as well as various songs from the Tim Rice Andrew Lloyd Webber tradition.
The Beadle’s solo from Oliver (sung by John Williams) and two songs from the long running Les Misérables
The choir was directed by Jan Williams and her guidance produced a tone and sound that resonated well with the church acoustics. She also told the audience something of the choir’s history and impressive success in fund raising.
The accompanist was Kate Bidwell and she too made a strong contribution to the success of the evening.
Thanks to all who attended and supported this magical evening here’s to the next time!
PP. John Gilding