Triumph is the only appropriate word. The charity 'Against Breast Cancer' will shortly receive a cheque for £750 after 80 singers performed to an audience of 180 at St Catherine's Parish Church in Burbage on Saturday 5th December 2015.
Harmonic Voices got together with Leicester Amika Choir to provide a really varied experience of a cappella singing. Harmonic Voices started the proceedings with songs from around the world but including a Christmas flavour with 'I saw a ship' and 'Gaudete'. The baton was passed from Harmonic Voices to Amika Choir without interrupting the singing. Amika then sang the songs that made them winners of the Leicester Community Choir challenge and finished getting the whole audience singing Una May's very distinctive version of 'Rivers of Babylon'. A refreshments break was followed by the 80 members of the two choirs singing together for an exciting climax again involving all the audience.
The Choir members were elated at the reaction of the audience who loved the show. For many it was their first experience of 'Natural Voice' style harmony singing and their delight was evident. St Catherine's Church is a fabulous place to sing and we all thank the Church authorities for allowing us to use it and a special thank you to Church Warden, Martin Mellor who looked after us so well. Thank you to Una May and Leicester Amika Choir for coming over to Burbage and a huge thank you to everyone who turned out to join us on a blustery winter evening. I think we can truly say they were 'warmed' by the experience.
Many strong voices were heard in the audience and we are hoping that some of the owners of these voices may come and join the choirs. Both are mixed community choirs open to all with no auditions and no need of musical knowledge.
On Wednesday 9th December Harmonic Voices will be 'Singing Christmas' to residents of Herford Way sheltered housing in the Clarke Community Centre, which the choir uses for Wednesday night rehearsals. Then on Sunday 13th December the choir will sing for charity to Christmas shoppers in Marks & Spencers in Leicester City Centre. A very busy Christmas season indeed.
Letter of thanks from 'Against Breast Cancer'