Review: Solent MVC Concert – with the Raw Singers

Once again the Solent Male Voice Choir excelled in their concert held at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Southsea on 7th July.

Geoff Porter, their MD, made full use of the acoustics offered by this magnificent venue and the choir rose to the occasion filling the church with excellent harmonious sound.

The choir performed the majority of the concert without scores and it would take a very fussy critic to note just the one time where perhaps the choir was not as one voice. Overall the choir was much improved on their last concert.

Two musical interludes were given by 13-year-old Ethan Bailey on the baritone saxophone. He delighted the audience with four modern pieces which included My Man’s Gone Now from Porgy and Bess and Bud Powell’s Keepin’ in the Groove.

This was the second concert in just a few weeks by the choir using the same programme of music which included such composers as Greg Gilpin, Cole Porter and Amanda Broom. The concert concluded with two male voice choir favourites An American Trilogy and Morte Criste with Nigel Smith at the organ.

A modest audience appreciated an excellent concert. Maybe a hot day in July is not the best day for a concert especially as England were playing in the World Cup. The Solent Male Voice Choir really deserves a bigger audience.

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