Spending St Valentine’s Day evening with 28 men singing their hearts out, who could ask for more? Well the audience of our annual concert last Saturday night certainly did ask for more as they were entertained to a wonderful evening of music from the Valentines and our special guests The Bournemouth Male Voice Choir.
The Valentines, under our new Musical Director Jane Richardson, entertained the audience with a mixture of musical favourites including Hallelujah, You Raise Me Up, Adiemus and The Rose, and also premiered three songs new to our repertoire, Murasame (The Mists of Evening) an 11th Century Japanese song; The Trolley Song from the musical Meet me in St Louis, and Ennio Morricone’s Italian favourite Nella Fantasia.
Having visited them down in Bournemouth in 2012, our guests travelled up from the South coast to join us on stage for the evening and entertained us with a mixture of traditional and modern repertoire including The Rhythm of life, Bui Doi, Voice of the Child, and a piece composed by one the choristers, Terry Rigler, especially for the choir called Send Down a Song for Me. The choir used its range of soloists to good effect throughout the evening, and the highlight for many was the stunning rendition of U2s MLK with soloist Phil Smith.
As the audience went on their way home after being treated to The Valentines own version of A Celtic Blessing written for us by our accompanist Morfudd Sinclair, I am certain every one of us felt blessed by the musical journey that had made St Valentine’s Day 2015 a special one for us all.