After a few years away, returning to perform once again in St. Alban’s Church felt like putting on a pair of old slippers; familiar, comfortable and just the right fit! It’s a lovely venue with great acoustics and we were really pleased to be back.
This was immediately reflected during the afternoon rehearsal for the North and South Bristol Community Choirs when from the very first note they sang together of ‘Con Te Partirò’ and the sound that was produced, I knew it was going to be a great show.
But that was the rehearsal! The concert itself began a few hours later with the Chamber Choir singing a beautifully refined rendition of Ola Gjeilo’s ‘Ubi Caritas’ which suited the setting and acoustic perfectly to open the show. Then followed an eclectic programme of music including ‘Paradisum’ by Damien Kehoe, a mesmeric performance of Imogen Heap’s classic ‘Hide and Seek’, ‘Blackbird’ from the Beatles and some classic Gershwin. The Chamber Choir, although reduced in numbers for this concert, produced a sound of real clarity and a performance of great poise sang and as they always do, got the show off to a fantastic start.
Halfway through the set we were also treated to ‘Nana was a Suffragette’ from The Suffrage sisters, beautiful tuning and a very clean sound.
Then it was the turn of the OTM North and South Bristol Community Choirs supported by the brilliant band of Gareth on drums and Cam on guitar. First was the Andrea Bocelli classic ‘Con Te Partirò’ which from the moment the choirs began had the hairs on the back of your neck standing up and immediately had the audience on the edge of their seats. Then followed songs including ‘Bewitched’, most notably sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, Oasis’s 90’s classic, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, a spine-tingling performance of ‘Human’ by Rag ‘N Bone Man, Bowie’s ‘Starman’, always a crowd pleaser. The set concluded with the all time favourite, ‘I’ve Had The Time of my Life’ from Dirty Dancing and a rip-roaring ‘Born To Run’ by Bruce Springsteen. The choir performed brilliantly – perhaps the best sound ever? – and the audience loved it.
After the show and making the most of the amazing weather, everybody celebrated outside with a BBQ provided by Ruby and White and a bar run by Alterego, a lovely way to celebrate a wonderful performance and another great year in the life of Out There Music Bristol.
The concert was once again in aid of the charity we’ve been proudly supporting for many years now – Changing Tunes – and before the Chamber Choir sang, our guitarist for the night – Cam – spoke about the very positive impact Changing Tunes has had on his life in the last few years. And from talking to performers and audience members alike afterwards, his story clearly made an impact and helped to bring to life the invaluable work that Changing Tunes does.
Andrew Wood, Chair of Changing Tune’s board of trustees also spoke very compellingly later in the evening and I’m delighted to say that on the night we raised £360.83 so thank you to everybody who donated, it is very much appreciated.
If you would like to attend Changing Tunes’s 30th Anniversary Concert on Saturday October 13th, 2018, you can find out more and buy tickets here.
Special thanks goes to Dave whose help was invaluable as always. And also Chris who videoed the concert, Paula and Alison who co-ordinated decorating the church and Rob who sorted out the lighting.
And thanks again to everybody who was involved, performers, audience and everyone who helped out – you know who you are and it couldn’t have happened without you….to all those people, thanks for once again making it a great evening.
Have a great summer and see you in September.
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