Linda Richardson led the guest list of Sandbach Singers for this week’s Sandbach Concert Series at St Mary’s Church on Wednesday.
The local singers were joined by the Halle Youth Choir conducted by Richard Wilberforce from Manchester who provided a selection of classical melodies from ‘Birthday Madrigals’ by John Ritter to ‘Over the Hill, Over Dale’ with local opera singer Linda Richardson singing George Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ and classical favourite ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ during the second half of the concert.
‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ last made an appearance at St Marys when Staffordshire singer Denise Leigh sang at a charity concert in the town. Linda then sang ‘I could have Danced All Night’ from My Fair Lady before handing back to the Halle Youth Choir for the finale.
For me it was the first half “Spotlight Concert” for local choirs that most impressed this reviewer. The show opened with the Nantwich Young Voices singing the Monkees hit ‘I’m a Believer’ and ‘What shall we do with the drunken Sailor’ with ‘We are the young’ ending their selection. Next on the bill were pupils from the Elworth C of E School who performed two songs along with actions and then the final young group in the first half were the Sandbach High School Chamber Choir who left behind their classical slow tunes to present an upbeat session with the number one hit from McFly, ‘It’s all About You’ followed by ‘Shadowland’ from the musical The Lion King and finally ‘Some Nights’.
The evening was enjoyed by over 160 audience members including the Mayors of Sandbach, Cheshire East and Alsager.
Next month’s concert features the Tempest Flute Trio three entertaining players who met at the Royal Northern Collage of Music in Manchester.
Tickets for the next show on the 28 May 2014 are £8.50 (Adults), £7 (Concessions), £3 (School Children), £20 (Family Ticket) and are available at Demeter Wholefoods and Bramwells Opticians in Sandbach as well as on the door with further details available via the website at www.sandbach-concert-series.co.uk .
Photo: Conductor of the Halle Youth Choir / Linda Richardson / Pianist