Voices join forces for good causes

The Dalesmen Singers perform
The Dalesmen Singers perform

The Dalesmen Singers joined forces with the Castleton Singing for Pleasure Ladies Choir for a fund-raising concert last month.

The concert took place at St Leonards Church in Loftus on Friday 16 November.

Funds of £304 were raised which will be shared between St Leonards, Children in Need and the Loftus Town Mayor’s good causes.

Musical director Stephen Maltby took the choir through five pieces - Anthem from Chess to Alexander’s Ragtime Band.

The ladies performed Dona Nobis Pacem, and Welsh folk song Suo-Gan with accompaniment by Louise Hill from Danby on the violin for this piece.

They closed their first half with In Paradisum from Requiem by Karl Jenkins.

After the interval the choir’s pieces had a religious flavour, closing with a rousing Gwahoddiad (I hear Thy Welcome Voice)

The ladies came back with an unusual female drinking song - Here’s a Health to all Good Lasses; Adiemus; Someone to watch over me (Gershwin) and Bridge over Troubled Water (Paul Simon).

The concert closed with two joint pieces – As long as I have Music and The Heavens are Telling from Haydn’s Creation - the soloists were Sally Wilson (Gabriel), Jim Muir (Raphael) and Harold Jones (Uriel).

Afterwards there were refreshments in Loftus Town Hall.

The Dalesmen would like to thank all who helped to make the evening a resounding success.

The Dalesmen Singers Male Voice Choir – a registered charity - has raised thousands of pounds for charities and good causes for more than 40 years.

Anyone interested in the Dalesmen Singers helping their chosen cause is asked to call John Haywood on (01947) 605135 or visit www.dalesmensingers.net