“With A Song In My Heart” as performed by Jean Forrester, Allen Christey & Mel Bailey – (the opening number from “The Music In The Valley” concert 28th June 2015)
Watch each of the available performances as they happened on the day (click on each)
Valse des Fleurs
Merry Widow Selection
A Paradise For Two
The Man I Love
I’ll Close My Eyes
Trot Here, Trot There
Allegretto & Allegro
Old Man River
I’ve Got Plenty Of Nothing
The Hebrides Overture
Jesu, Joy Of A Man’s Desiring
I Won’t Send Roses
It’s Grand Night For Singing
Don’t Be Cross
Someone To Watch Over Me
The Hebrides Overture
You Are My Heart’s Delight
Stranger In Paradise
The setting was a closely guarded secret, a large and beautiful private garden hidden in the heart of Greater Manchester. The reason for the event itself was to raise money to fund the important care provided by Macmillan nurses.
The organisers and contributors all gathered on a lovely summers day to perform a full programme of great songs from the shows along with some perfectly chosen classical instrumental pieces, performed by an ensemble of singers and a talented group of musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music.
The Vocal Performers
Allen Christey-Casson – Mel Bailey – Jean Forrester – John Christey-Casson (MC) who were ably accompanied on keyboard by Dr Robert Aston.
Mel Bailey (Bass baritone)
Dr Robert Aston (Keyboard)
Sophie Bennett(Flute) – Helen Bennett (Flute) – Catherine Coyne (Alto Flute)
The young man who accompanied Catherine Coyne on certain numbers, also from the Royal Northern College of Music was Cody Coyne (Keyboard).
Sadly Cody is not seen at all in the video footage, positioned as he was playing the keyboard just behind the leg of the performance canopy. Thankfully we do get to hear his accompaniment to Catherine’s beautiful performance.
For the want of an expression, it was a grand day and without any understatement, the setting was heavenly and the weather was absolutely fabulous. The gathered crowd all thoroughly enjoyed the brilliant performances and the hospitality shown by our hosts was impeccable. Big thanks to John Christey and Annie Surtees for hosting the event and especially to Sally Surtees, the lady who owns this remarkable secluded and very beautiful valley.
On the day itself the collective gathering through ticket sales, and refreshments managed to raise in excess of £500 for Macmillan nurses.
We hope to attend future events of this type and maybe at the same idyllic venue. Rest assured when we do, we will do a full review again.
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