“A group of strolling players are we …”
So sang the choir at the start of the concert, although the Stamford Bridge Singers were not strolling around Italy, but instead visiting the villages of Wilberfoss, Dunnington and Stamford Bridge in the East Riding of Yorkshire with their concert entitled “Songs from the Shows”.
After the opening medley from Kiss Me Kate, including the song “Another Opening, another Show”, the audience were treated to a number of solo and small group performances from talented members of the choir from a wide variety of shows, before the choir gathered together again to bring the first half to a close with a medley from the ever popular “Les Miserables”. In this, as in every other item, the choir were accompanied on the keyboard by Nicholas Page with great versatility, sensitivity and good humour.
The second half opened with the choir singing a medley from “My Fair Lady” which included “With a Little Bit of Luck “sung with cockney accent and ended with the well-known “I could have danced all night”. There were more solo performances from more modern shows, and the members of the choir showed their real talent for telling a story. This popular concert was brought to an end with a medley from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit show “The Phantom of the Opera”.
At all three venues there was a clamour for an encore, and the Musical Director, Stuart Nettleship, lead the choir in a spirited rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel.
The group of strolling players now roll on to the next event, Choral Evensong at Escrick and the Concert for Peace in Pocklington.
A member of the audience writes
“After attending a good number of Stamford Bridge Singers concerts over the years, it was a great surprise and delight to see and hear individual members of the choir 'strut their stuff' from Musicals and Light Opera. It was lovely to witness such hitherto hidden talents, all accompanied in wonderful style by Nicholas Cage. All in all, a very happy concert”.