The Bournemouth Male Voice Choir and the Sway Handbell Ringers delighted a large audience on Saturday night. Following a joyous fanfare from the Sway Handbell Ringers and an opening prayer by Bill Darley in which he asked God to breathe energy, passion and joy into performers and audience alike, Mark Burstow, BMVC’s Musical Director led the choir in a variety of styles, both contemporary and classical.
The Sway Handbell Ringers played three lovely pieces of music in the first half, moving the bells over to the chancel steps for the audience to get a good view of them. The final song in the first half was “We rise again”, a piece written by Dubinsky who claimed it was about the cycles of immigration, the economic insecurity of living in Cape Breton, the power of the ocean, the meaning of children, and the strength of home given to us by our families, our friends and our music.
Amy Whiteman, Maya Gully and Bethany Milton-Barber gave a short presentation about Libra. They took the roles of a British student, a Roma child and a disabled child and compared a day in each of their lives showing the stark contrast between them. Tim Tofts, Libra’s trustee for education and development, concluded by encouraging the audience to recognise that love of our fellow human, however different from us, is our business as much as we are God’s business.
After drinks and nibbles in the Church Hall, the BMVC started the second half with a rendition of Seasons of Love but perhaps the highlight in this part was the newly performed “Africa” by David Paich. The choir worked some magic with clicking fingers, rubbing palms and jumping to give the vivid impression of thunder and rain. The concert ended with The Rhythm of Life, a difficult but beautifully performed song from the musical “Sweet Charity”.
The evening raised £1,000 for the Libra Foundation and we are truly grateful to the Bournemouth Male Voice Choir, the Sway Handbell Ringers, All Saint’s Church and in particular to David Hanks for putting this wonderful evening on for Libra.