Male voice choirs join Band of the King’s Division in aid of Help the Heroes (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Male voice choirs join Band of the King’s Division in aid of Help the Heroes
K SHOES Male Voice Choir is tuning up for a command performance of the choral kind in one of the largest vocal gatherings ever to grace Lakes Leisure Kendal’s Westmorland Hall.
On Saturday, November 2 (7.30pm), the famed Kendal choristers share the spotlight with the Band of the King’s Division conducted by Captain James Marshall and supported by guest choirs from Blackpool, Dumfries, Lancaster, Stockton-on-Tees and Whitehaven.
Under the guiding hand of KSMVC musical director Ian Allan, the concert stars 200-plus male voices with all proceeds from the show in aid of Help for Heroes charity.
Entry and March of Peers by Arthur Sullivan opens the magnificent occasion followed by works such as Morte Criste by Emrys Jones, a selection from Lional Bart’s Oliver, I Know Him So Well penned by Benny Andersson, Cy Coleman’s Rhythm Of Life, Finlandia from Jean Sibelius, Soul Bossa Nova by Quincy Jones; Toccata in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach (starring xylophone soloist, Lance Corporal Ian Charlton); I Will Follow Him by Franck Pourcel and John Williams’ Star Wars all in the wide-ranging programme.
One of the major highlight promises to be the Last Night of the Proms, conducted by Captain James Marshall, featuring traditional tuneful treats as Rule Britannia, with soprano soloist Tracie Penwarden, Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem.
The evening concludes with band and choral ranks performing Evening Hymn and Last Post and John Mackenzie-Rogan’s Bond of Friendship.
The Band of the King's Division was formed in 2006 as result of the restructuring of Army Bands. The band is an amalgamation of the former King’s Division Bands (Normandy and Waterloo) and is based at Weeton Barracks, Preston. It is one of 23 regular army bands within the Corps of Army Music whose primary role is to provide musical support to the Army. It comprises 35 instrumentalists who have all undergone musical training at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall. In addition to their musical duties, in time of conflict or emergency they would mobilise in support of the Army Medical Services.
The versatility of the musicians enables the band to provide musical backing and entertainment for almost any occasion; from small chamber ensembles and groups to full concert, marching and display bands. Both military and civilian engagements plot the band’s course across the British Isles and many other countries around the world.
KSMVC has been in existence since 1929 as a mixed or male voice group under four different names, originally formed by the Somervell family, owners of K Shoes. The choir has a reputation second to none - with many successes in major choral competitions in the north as well as recording tapes and CDs.
It has a huge repertoire ranging from musical comedy to original compositions, folks songs, negro spirituals - you name they can sing it, with awesome power that is both rousing and moving.
Tickets available from 01539-729777.
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