For its next concert, the Solent Male Voice Choir is all at sea – and before anyone makes the obvious comment it should be explained that musical director Geoff Porter has chosen an aquatic theme and an island setting for the show.
And when the audience assembles for some Sea Fever on July 27 at St.Mary’s Church, Hayling Island it will find he has recruited a “mermaid” – soprano Jane Marett – and many of the songs will concentrate on water and wetness.
The title song, based on John Masefield’s famous poem, was a fairly obvious choice and Bridge Over Troubled Water, another. The Bahamas folk song Sloop John B is a suitably nautical calypso and who could resist the imagery of Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head.
Undaunted, Geoff switches his attention to rivers and to messing about in, cruising down and to swinging together (with their backs between their knees) for the Eton Boating Song.
It promises to be a lively evening from a choir in excellent form after a recent recruiting effort (no press gang involved) produced a number of able new hands.
Musical Director Geoff is optimistic about what waits beyond the horizon for his crew – “My assistant Hugh Thomas and l have welcomed some enthusiastic newcomers and everyone is enjoying the music. A highlight we are relishing in the autumn is recording a charity CD for Shelter with other choirs at the London Coliseum.”
The good ship Sea Fever will get underway at 1930 hours on Saturday, July 27. tickets £8 on the door.