Joint concert success could see more at Abbey - The Evesham Observer

Joint concert success could see more at Abbey

Evesham Editorial 4th Feb, 2023   0

A PROMISE of more joint concerts is on offer after two town choirs came together in fine voice at a packed Pershore Abbey.

Pershore Town Choir and Kidderminster Male Choir filled the town landmark not just with people but also sound in the first concert since Covid which attracted a bumper audience from the two towns.

The evening began with a solo of Once in Royal David’s City and an unaccompanied canticle sung by musical director David Barclay.

Pershore Town Choir followed with pieces including “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” and “Angel Carol”. Kidderminster Male Choir then took to the stage, singing among others the Victorian anthem “O Holy Night” and the song made famous by Cliff Richard – “Mistletoe and Wine”.




In the interval the audience enjoyed mince pies and wine, before the Town Choir again took the stage for the second half of the concert, including singing “Carol of the Bells” by Ukrainian composer Mykola Dmytrovytch Leontovych and “What Sweeter Music” by John Rutter.

Kidderminster Choir then entertained with “Sleigh Ride” and “Winter Wonderland”. The audience got their chance to participate in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and to round off the Concert with everyone singing “Hark the Herald Angels”.


Pershore Town Choir and Kidderminster Male Choir share the same musical director – David Barclay – so they already have a lot in common.

Sharing the concert gave both choirs the opportunity to demonstrate their skills to Pershore people and to take advantage of the Abbey’s acoustics..

Mr Barclay said: “It was so good to be performing again after such a long gap. This was our first joint concert – but I don’t think it will be our last!”

 

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