Clive Griffiths


Dave Perry


Avon and Somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir  Police Choir Avon and Somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir

28 October 2016

The original workplace choir!

Our regular return to Staple Hill Methodist Church was exactly as we'd hoped - a warm, appreciative audience on a rainy autumnal evening. Highlights in the first included a dusting off of Nothing like a Dame and Marysia's rendition of On my Own in the Les Miserables medley.

It was great to hear John Gray in fine G&S voice in the solo spots. He continued on a roll in the second half as he took the opportunity to rest his voice and wave his arms around as he conducted the rousing African Prayer. This was followed by a couple of spirituals which demonstrated the choir's versatility with light and shade. Another solo, from a somewhat more lecherous John Gray, tickled the audience and this was followed by a solo from Alison Howell, who won't need to go to the gym for a week after the amount of times she climbed the stairs to the organ and came running back down to play the piano.We are indeed lucky to have such a talented and fit musical team.

Pete Jones followed by performing the laughing Policeman. Compere Robin Hobbs added to the humour with a couple of jokes, which, if he was going for groans, were brilliant. The final section however, brought the audience back to a more serious message and was particularly poignant as Robin gave an account of the Aberfan disaster, marking the 50th anniversary of the tragedy. In tribute to those that lost their lives the choir sang Myfanwy to a hushed audience. The concert concluded with another Welsh favourite - Gwahoddiad. In all, a thoroughly enjoyable concert.

(Report by email supplied by Peter Jones)

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