A significant facet of the initial vision for the Meridian Singers came to fruition on Saturday when the choir successfully took part in their first festival – the well-established Oundle Festival of Music and Drama.
Adjudicator John Pomphrey praised the essence of the choir when he said: “You are an enthusiastic group of singers and this was evident throughout, from the moment you came on.”
From the first song, ‘I Dreamed A Dream’, to the last one, ‘Goldfinger’, the choir was said to have sung with confidence and conviction in excellent unison singing, giving a convincing performance both technically and artistically. The choir had opted for a “challenging” rather than “safe” programme of songs.
Musical director Michael Flowers spoke of the choir generating a choreographed silence at the end of its innovative piece, which was successfully achieved.
The “wow factor” of the piece was then rewarded with tumultuous applause from a most appreciative audience.
The Meridian Singers were delighted to be awarded double commendations for their performances at the prestigious event, gaining second place in the class for women’s choirs.
The Festival items, and many more, will be included in the Meridian Singers’ next concert, which will celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and raise funds for The Prince’s Trust.
The concert will take place on Saturday, May 14, at 7.30pm in Nichol Hill Methodist Church. Tickets are £7; call Pat Neale on 01507 610143 or Christine Hayward on 01507 604168.