Possibly one of the top Male Voice Choirs in West Yorkshire, England. Website: www.honleymvc.co.uk

Lions Concert with Honley and Beverley Male Voice Choirs

Beverley and Honley lions LORES

The Lions Club of Huddersfield held their annual free fund raising concert on Monday evening in the Town Hall.   Honley Male Voice Choir hosted the event with Beverley Male Voice Choir and LB Brass.

The Lions are looking to raise £30,000 for a new Kitchen at Kirkwood Hospice and the free concert is usually well supported. Although the Town Hall was less than full, we were treated to an excellent and eclectic mix of music from all three groups, including ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’, ‘Sound the Alarm’ and an ‘African Prayer’ and ‘Bring Him Home’ (Les Mis) from Beverley as just a few. Honley opened with Sullivan’s ‘The Lost Chord’ and went on to sing ‘Benedictus’ (Robat Arwyn) and ‘Anthem’ from Chess and many more. Jointly the choirs sang ‘Portrait of my Love’ and ‘Speed Your Journey’. Elizabeth Wilson conducted for Beverley and Steven Roberts for Honley, accompanied by Pat Cave and Jason Hawkins respectively.

LB Brass, as always, gave a tight performance and produced a big sound especially from only nine of them! These included ‘La Mourisque’ (Susato), ‘Georgia on My Mind’ (Carmichael) with trombone soloist Richard Midgeley and ‘Black Magic Woman’ (Santana). The second half brought us the ‘Liberty Bell’ (Sousa) and ‘Grandfather Clock’ with an excellent virtuoso solo from Liz Stimpson. Ably conducted as always by MD Garry Hallas.

It wasn’t by chance that Beverley joined with Honley and came about because Honley Choir Member Roger Horner’s son, Stephen is a singer with Beverley Choir, and have been looking for a reason to bring the two choirs together for some. Honley MVC regularly appear at the Town Hall and their next concert will be “The Magic of Musicals” in September.

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