We started the 2002 season with a concert 'with a difference' – 'BRASS and VOICES' in Holy Cross Church, Whitwick, on Saturday April 13th.
This consisted of a programme of Tudor Anthems and some of the Bruckner Motets, sung by the choir. The 'brass' part of the programme was given by a brilliant brass ensemble ('Burnished Brass') playing music fitting for the 'Tudor' theme of the evening, but with a couple of contemporary items for good measure. The evening was enjoyed by both choir and audience alike.
Here are a few pictures of 'Burnished Brass':
On Saturday 8th September 2001 we held a concert at IBSTOCK PARISH CHURCH. This concert was dedicated to the memory of the late Marjorie and Eric Elton. Marjorie was the BLCS accompanist for many years, and her husband, Eric, was organist at Ibstock Parish Church. The concert was an integral part of the Flower festival held at the church during the weekend.
The Society again performed Coleridge-Taylor's 'HIAWATHA'S WEDDING FEAST' (see below for details).
The pictures show a programme for this work when it was performed at Hugglescote in March 1939. You will note that one of the pianists is a Marjorie Fuller, who became, on marriage, Marjorie Elton. You will see Eric's name as one of the pianists in the 'Piano Quartets'. The conductor was Norah Odell, the first musical director of Broom Leys Choral Society (and its predecessors). It is here that the foundations of the Society were laid!
On Saturday 31st March we performed, in Hugglescote Parish Church, ELGAR'S "MUSIC MAKERS" and COLERIDGE-TAYLOR'S "HIAWATHA'S WEDDING FEAST"
& Sir Edward Elgar
We were pleased to have with us once again soloist Adrienne Murray (mezzo-soprano) to sing in the 'Music Makers' and, on this occasion, were particularly pleased to welcome for the first time, to sing in 'Hiawatha', a young tenor, Alexander Wall. We hope to see Alex again in the future.
…..and finally, two pictures from many years ago. The top one was taken at a concert in Ibstock Parish Church, and shows a young(er) Brian Humpherson with Marjorie Elton, at that time BLCS accompanist, on his right.
The lower picture is an even earlier photo of the choir taken in their original rehearsal venue, Broom Leys School hall. Many of those present in that picture are still singing with the coir today.