Choirs Hit the High Note
Last Saturday, both the Rossendale Male Voice Choir, and the Rossendale Ladies Choir, took a trip to the Hazel Grove Music Festival, and returned laden with some impressive silverware and certificates.
In the face of tough competition from several other groups of singers, the Male Voice Choir came first in the main choral class, with the ladies close on their heels in second place. Admittedly, the men chose as one of their pieces “Beatles for Choirs”, not knowing that the lady adjudicator came from Liverpool.
Both choirs were under the musical direction of Kate Shipway, who commented “Maybe the choice of programme just helped them to swing the result, but either way, they sang wonderfully well, and I was immensely proud of both our Rossendale Choirs. The men showed great versatility in their work, with some beautifully quiet singing in The Lord is my Shepherd, and My Love is Like a Red Red Rose, before launching into the Beatles medley, with tremendous enthusiasm and passion. The ladies were also very much on song, and as the first choir to perform on the day, they set a really high standard for others to follow”.
The male voice choir is performing on St George’s day at Heywood Civic Hall, before both choirs then prepare for a weekend of festivities in Bocholt, as part of the 60 year anniversary of their twinning with Rossendale.
Both choirs are keen to attract new members.
Rossendale Male Voice Choir
Rossendale Ladies Choir were delighted to achieve
***2nd place ***
at Hazel Grove Music Festival
on Saturday 25th February
some of the adjudicator's remarks:-
O Lux Beata Trinitas
A well rehearsed entry onto the stage. A big sound, but you controlled the dynamic variety well indeed. Good balance. (POINTS 87)
Very clear words. You really do make a great sound and should be very proud of the work you have put into this song. Soloist - lovely sound.
Lovely well blended end. Well done (POINTS 88)
Sing a Song of Sixpence
How professional! This just about tops off your very nice recital. Every single word was clear as a bell. Very tidy end. Excellent (POINTS 90)