On Saturday 25 September Northampton Male Voice Choir (NMVC), together with the world famous The GUS Band and fabulous soprano soloist Emily Haig – Soprano and Anthem Singer, thoroughly entertained an enthusiastic, near capacity audience at Northampton’s Spinney Theatre with a “Last Night of the Proms” concert, conducted and MC’d in his inimitable flamboyant style by NMVC Musical Director, Stephen Bell.
The choir performed a selection from the 15 new songs they had learned during the Covid lockdown, including “Irving” an original work by Alan Simmons, one of the most highly regarded choral leaders and composers in the UK.
Now living in France and unable to attend the concert, Alan has since contacted NMVC to say that, having listened to the live recording of the choir’s performance of “Irving”, “considering recording a live performance with a live audience is not the easiest thing to do, I think it’s a triumph. Well done!”
After the concert, NMVC Chairman, Mark York, said “I know that I speak for all involved in NMVC when I say that finally getting out and performing in such a wonderful endeavour has lifted everyone’s spirits!”
Dave Elliot-Smith, Chairman of the GUS Band said “The Band were still buzzing the day after. We loved it!”
The concert was held in support of Prostate Cancer UK and five magnificent men who had signed up to join the choir in raising money for the charity and, in doing so, learn to sing, took to the stage to perform alongside NMVC, which tirelessly raises money for great causes.
After the concert a “bucket collection” on the door raised an amazing amount in excess of £700. This, together with other fundraising efforts, including MD Stephen running in this year’s London Marathon, means the charity is likely to receive over £6000 this year from the choir’s efforts.
NMVC was also delighted to be presented during the concert with a cheque for £5000 from its generous sponsors, Hollowells Funeral Directors.
Donations still welcome- https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stephenbell-nmvc?utm_source=sms&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=stephenbell-nmvc&utm_campaign=pfp-sms&utm_term=35039770576a4e1892549b52a28d4911
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