An Evening to Remember

Saturday last the church of All Saints Middleton Cheney was alive with the voices of both the choir and audience, as they sang some of the old favourite songs of WW2. The concert by the MC Singers was to commemorate the 75 years since the D Day Landings in Normandy.

'There'll Always be an England' was the rousing opening number and this was followed by speeches of Churchill, Eisenhower and memories and poems of this major historical event. 'Bless 'em all'; 'Kiss me Goodnight, Sergeant Major'; 'Washing on the Siegfried Line'; 'Run, Rabbit, Run'; to name but a few of the other choruses. Our own Assistant Musical Director, Heather Gledhill gave a beautiful performance of Edith Piaf's 'La Vie en Rose' and returned in the second half to become Vera Lyn for 'The White Cliffs of Dover' and 'We'll Meet Again'.

Whilst researching music for this concert, I was surprised to find how many stage musicals were being written at the time. I chose two examples to provide a different look at the music of the time. 'South Pacific' and 'Kiss me Kate' both had their first performances during the 1940s. The men gave a very memorable performance of 'There is Nothin' Like a Dame'.

To remind ourselves of the significance of the D Day Landings and how we owed so much to the men and women of that time, we played the Last Post and listened to a beautiful recoding of 'The Shore of Normandy'

Congratulations to everyone involved. It was one of our best concerts and hopefully it gave everyone a moment to reflect, but also a good sing-a-long.


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