February 15th saw me on stage with The Valentines for their annual Valentines Day concert, which was the 26th anniversary of the choir. We were pleased to welcome the Anvil Chorus as our guests which is the stage name of The West Midlands Barbershop Harmony Club. For anyone unfamiliar with the Barbershop style, this is totally unaccompanied four part harmony with the main melody line being sung by lead singers accompanied by tenors, basses and baritones. Women also sing Barbershop and one such arrangement was included by the Valentines in the concert.
The audience were treated to a wide range of music from the Valentines including a selection from Les Miserables and Thank you for the music from Abba, and a wonderful display of Barbershop singing from the men of Anvil Chorus as a whole group and a small quartet. Mona Lisa and I believe were especially well received by the audience.
It has been a difficult 12 months for the Valentines which was founded in 1988 by Pam Cunningham, who was our Musical Director and the driving force behind the choir’s success until her death in January 2014. This was our first major concert without Pam and we were certainly singing for her that night! With the continued support of our talented accompanist, and acting Musical Director Morfudd Sinclair and Deputy Musical Director Becki Harker the Valentines will continue to develop the unique sound and joy of singing that is Pam’s legacy whilst we search for a new Musical Director. (You can find out more about the vacancy on the Valentines web site)