Honley Mail Nov-14 The Taxi Driver and Norman Mellor
Norman Mellor, Bass/Baritone Soloist of renown, was recently invited by the Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir to perform at their gala concert. This was to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of their formation. In their own words “They decided not to engage a high profile star celebrity” at huge cost. Instead they invited Norman Mellor, together with an up and coming classical soprano singer and a 10 piece brass ensemble in addition to the choir.”
They and their invited guests got far more than they bargained for in our Norman, as they soon found out that he is quite a comedian. Following introducing himself he recounted the tale of the Taxi driver who transported him and his accompanist Philip Baxter (both pictured above) to the concert.
It transpires that during the journey they had both become increasingly aware that the Taxi driver did not seem to know where he was, or indeed the route to The Cutlers Hall in Sheffield. Eventually in desperation Norman reached forward and tapped the driver on the shoulder at which point the driver nearly jumped out of his skin, and then lost control of the vehicle suddenly swerving violently and mounting the kerb, nearly overturning the vehicle. Once the vehicle had come to a stop fortunately without colliding with anything, they were able to speak to the driver who confessed he was very new to the job, and that his previous experience although extensive had been driving a hearse. This brought gales of laughter from the audience and performers alike.
Bolterstone Male Voice Choir celebrated its 80th anniversary this year and held a Gala Anniversary Concert in the Cutler’s Hall, Sheffield, on Saturday 25th October at 7.00 p.m. The concert was by invitation only and therefore free to invitees . . . . Not often one gets something for nothing in this day and age! Several local dignitaries attended including the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, The Master Cutler and a couple of MPs.
In speaking for the guests after the concert The Master Cutler Mr. David Grey congratulated Norman on his singing and also remarked that when this part of his career was over, he definitely had a second career to fall back on as a stand-up comedian.
The performance of all those who took part was immensely enjoyed by the audience as the applause at the end of the concert showed.