The resonant setting hosted 220 men amassed from seven male voice choirs around the UK, who all sang together and the sound was absolutely wonderful!
This year, the concert was hosted by Worcester Male Voice Choir with guest performances from The Birmingham Horn Sound group, organ recitalist Keith Hearnshaw, and accomplished soprano Claire Bessent. Lord Digby Jones was the compere and beneficiaries of the night were St Richards Hospice and Acorns Children’s Hospice. We were delighted with the turn out - the audience was full, with all seats taken right down to the back of the building!
This year the large EAMVC choir comprised Birmingham Icknield, Cirencester, Cradley Heath, Hadley & District Orpheus, Newport, Warley, and Worcester, and the repertoire on the night ranged from classics such as the rousing Gwahoddiad, to Leonard Cohen’s popular ‘Hallelujah’, to the beautifully soft and gentle arrangements like ‘Softly as I Leave You’ and ‘My Lord What a Morning’.
It was a fantastic evening, and we were very proud of our pianist Chris Walk, who accompanied BIMVC’s very own musical director Steve Roche to lead all the choristers in four songs throughout the programme – sharing the baton with Worcester’s MD, Nicholas Wright.
We’ll be hosting the next EAMVC concert at The University of Birmingham in 2017 and can’t wait to sing with all the men again. Joining forces and being part of so many voices has definitely got to be one of our annual highlights. If you missed the show, then take a look at the photos from the night.