Monday, April 19, 2010, 09:00


Carlton Male Voice Choir Festival Concert, Albert Hall

By Peter Jordan


Albert Hall

Peter Jordan

PRIDE and passion played its part in this vibrant concert performance which brought together the hosts, the 90-strong Carlton Male Voice,award winning guests Souza Winds and super soprano Samantha Vernon,who collectively delighted a packed audience.
The choir ,with nine newcomers in its ranks ,unveiled its new repertoire, which included a rousing Welsh anthem ‘Bryn Myrddin’,a sparkling selection from Phantom of the Opera,and a moving rendition of Bui Doi (The Dust of Life) from Miss Saigon.
Souza Winds five talented musicians led by flautist Carla Sousa (correct) gave a masterly show of instrument playing in a programme that included the overture from Marriage of Figaro,the Pink Panther theme and Dvorak’s New World Symphony.
Cantamus singer Samantha Vernon ,who during the concert was presented with Carlton’s Music Makers trophy,showed her merits with a lovely version of Something Wonderful and while accompanying the choir in a moving rendition of The Holy City.
Conducted by Terry Moore and accompanied by Roger Holland and John Sellers,with compere Howard Ketton playing his part,the choir saved the best till last and glorious interpretations of My Heart Will Go On (Titanic) and the showstopping Rhythm of Life (Sweet Charity), were out of the top drawer.
Proceeds from the festival concert will go to the Colonel’s Fund Grenadier Guards.
Peter Jordan