The Charity of the Yorkshire Heart Centre
Colin Pullan, my wife and I went along to the Royal Hall in Harrogate on the last Saturday in November to a concert featuring 240 singers from seven male voice choirs performing as the Northern Massed Male Voice Choirs. The concert was a culmination of months or hard work by a trio of Harrogate Male Voice Choir members who saw the potential for a multi- choir concert in the magnificent Royal Hall under the baton of one of the UK’s leading male voice musical directors. In addition to the Harrogate MVC, those taking part were The Dalesman Singers fron the North Yorkshire village of Danby, The Driffield MVC, The Durham Constabulary MVC, The Gledholt MVC from Lindley near Huddersfield, The Hartlepool MVC and the Meltone Singers from Darlington. The Musical Director was the multi-talented Anthea Shepherdson and the two piano accompanists were Avril Leeming and Ian Cockerline. The guest artists for the evening were a Trombone Quartet - Slidin’ About. Stephen Jones, Nicholas Birch, Paul Exton-McGuiness and Matthew Denney - all freelance musicians, making up a superbly entertaining quartet. The programme was tremendously varied from jolly music like ‘When the Saints go Marching in’, to an incredibly moving rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’ and popular music like ‘Portrait of My Love’, ‘I Believe’ and ‘Last of the Summer Wine.’ The evening’s concert was greeted with rapturous applause from the audience in the Royal Hall which included the Mayor of Harrogate and the smiling faces of the audience as they exited proved that the event had been an enormous success. The event was to support the work of Take Heart and to sit in the audience watching hundreds of performers giving their all for our charity was an incredibly humbling experience. Thank you to Graham Shaw and his colleagues at the Harrogate MVC - and thank you to all the performers who gave their time, efforts and expertise to make this tremendous event a reality. Bill Stevenson
NEWS: The concert raised £1000,00 for Take Heart. We are very grateful and those concerned can be assured that every penny will go towards making a difference at the Yorkshire Heart Centre. Colin Pullan, MBE Chairman