An appreciative crowd enjoyed a great afternoon’s entertainment on Sunday when the Lakeside Voices (Yarrawonga Mulwala Ecumenical Choir) presented their winter concert ‘Songs of Love and Other Delights’.
Ably led by conductor Andrew Brown and accompanist Barb Hird, the choir performed a wide range of songs, beginning with the very appropriate ‘Just Sing’ which offers song as a way of uniting the world.
Two very poignant songs ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from Titanic and ‘Tears in Heaven’ were followed by John Denver’s ‘Perhaps Love’, offering love as perhaps being what is needed to get through many of life’s difficult circumstances.
Cebelia are a regular feature of the choir’s concerts and once again delighted with their harmonious rendition of the Everley Brothers’ song ‘All I Have to do is Dream’.
The men had a rest while the women went on a French folk song and dance adventure with ‘Sur le Pont d’Avignon’.
Andrew explained that when dancing on the bridge of Avignon it is advisable to take extreme care, as the ancient bridge ends over the water, not on land. Many in the audience and the choir had in fact visited this bridge, several having danced on it as the song records.
Back to the love songs with the warming ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ from The Lion King, followed by a total shift in mood and setting with the romping ‘Boatman Stomp’. The choir particularly enjoyed singing this rollicking song.
The swinging ‘You’ve got a Friend in Me’ from Toy Story continued the mood.
Barb Hird then shared some of her musical favourites on the piano and would happily have kept playing for the audience’s delight but Andrew proved a strict timekeeper.
The final bracket of songs finished the afternoon on a very positive note.
‘Suddenly’, a beautiful but less well-known song from Les Misérables sings of the blooming of a new and unexpected relationship.
‘What a Wonderful World’ from Good Morning Vietnam and John Rutter’s beautifully rich song ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’ both celebrate and affirm all that is beautiful and good in the world.
Peter Allen’s ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ reminded everyone that where ever they travel, Australia draws them back home.
The encore, a reprise of ‘Boatman Stomp’ left the audience feeling joyful and positive as they joined the choir for a sumptuous afternoon tea provided by members of the Uniting Church and the choir.
Choir members are very appreciative of the time and expertise shared by both Andrew and Barb, the Yarrawonga Chronicle for its continued support, and Michelle and the girls at Judd’s Mensland for ticket sales.