Concert was a fitting tribute to the hard work of men’s choir director

Berwick Male Voice Choir Gala Concert at St Andrew’s, Wallace Green.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 07 April, 2019, 13:55

The Berwick Male Voice Choir Gala concert on Saturday, March 23, was a stirring success, combining many genres of music and combinations of group and solo singing, plus piano.

To start, the choir marched in and went straight into a rousing version of Stout Hearted Men by Hammerstein II.

Music director Chris Enticknap and accompanist Margaret Gudgeon were introduced by the choir chairman Ian McCreath.

The choir then performed emotional favourites The Rose and You Raise Me Up, warming the audience.

Local soprano Jacqui Budge poignantly sang Sondheim’s Somewhere, from West Side Story.

In the second half she went on to sing the vocally challenging Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus beautifully, stunning the audience.

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The first half involved the choir singing seven songs ranging through folk and musicals. Memorable were the local Water of Tyne and the Charles Aznavour hit She, with Graeme Drummond delivering the tenor solo eloquently.

Chris Enticknap sang The Wind Beneath My Wings, and in the second half played piano piece Study in D, and as a solo the appropriate Old And Wise.

In the second half the choir sang a further nine songs, including Dashenka, about travelling people, and the rousing American Trilogy.

Whilst the audience were still clapping, the choir swung into Down By The River Side as an encore.

In a short speech Ian McCreath praised the dedication that Chris Enticknap had shown by travelling many hundreds of miles to attend rehearsals, meetings and concerts. He also wished him good luck in the future as, unfortunately, Chris was having to resign due to work commitments.

He thanked Margaret Gudgeon for her patience at rehearsals and polished playing.

Anne Forbes, the Deputy Mayor, rose to thank the choir for an enjoyable performance and jocularly reminded the audience that they were to purchase the choir’s CD.