Sell Out at the Plaza
Unable to sing on the night Chairman Peter Ashby took the opportunity to sit back, listen and review a great concert at the Plaza Theatre. In his own words here’s his verdict…….
“Romsey Male Voice Choir sang alongside young soprano Nancy Longland to put on a superb show last Saturday night to a full house. The first half was full of surprises. The choir were sporting a new outfit as well as singing more pop and musical songs, like Angels and Yesterday. Even their compere was new to the job as Keith Lawrenson, who started the choir 25 years ago, added a theatrical touch to introducing the songs. Nancy may have looked slightly nervous when mis-described as a socialist rather than a soloist but performed superbly and soon looked at home on the stage. Surely one to watch for the future.
The second half saw the traditional green jacketed Romsey Male Voice Choir return. Singing a more traditional set of songs Nancy was “sandwiched in” for a second slot. There was a return for the usual compere Terry Morrison for what may have been his 100th concert. He’s lost count. Finishing off with Nessun Dorma, the choir showed its versatility in mastering the Italian words while maintaining their rich blend of male voices. The choir always accepts it owes a great deal to Director of Music Marion Maxey who has certainly made Romsey Male Voice Choir become a force to be listened to.
Side-lined by the lurgy along with a few colleagues, I just managed to get a ticket and my verdict - I was just proud to belong to such a talented bunch of singers. The sum was definitely greater than the parts and I know that all of us in Romsey Male Voice Choir were thrilled by the opportunity provided by RAODS to play at home.
And just in case anyone is wondering what it must be like to sing in a male voice choir, there is going to be a “singalong” on Monday 12 March at the Baptist Church on Bell Street at 7:30 pm. It does not require you to read music. You just need to enjoy singing. Do try it."