What a wonderful evening of music the Men in Blaque gave us on 4th July! From the moment they made their entrance to the evocative South African song Wana Baraka, to their encore and exit to the same song, they held their audience of some seventy people entranced by their strong voices, undoubted talent and the sheer enjoyment of their performance.
In the first half, they gave us a mixture of classical European music, Ave Maria by Franz Biebl, Absolon Fili Mi by Josquin Des Pres and Daemon Irrepeit Callidus by Gyorgy Orban, followed by the American Spirituals Bright Morning Star, Every time I feel the Spirit, O what a pretty little baby and Ain’t got time to die, and Judith Shatin’s amusing musical version of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky.
After an interval for refreshments, they concluded the concert with three songs sung by their a capello group of twelve voices, You are the new day by Peter Knight, That lonesome road by Simon Carrington and I’m a train also by Peter Knight. Gagot by Sydney Guillaume, Tshotsholoza by Jeffrey L Ames and Somagwaza by Tucker Biddlecombe followed, with the much appreciated encore of Wana Baraka bringing the concert to a close.
The Friends of St Mary’s thank all who supported this truly remarkable concert by the Men in Blaque, whose uplifting performance added £600 towards the life and work of St Mary’s.
As a Postscript, the Men in Blaque went on to perform at the Llangollen Eisteddford after their visit to Chalgrove, where they won two first places in the categories of Folk Songs and Male Choir, a second place in the Open category and third place in the “a capella” category. Winning in the Male Choir category enabled them to compete in the “Choir of the World” for the top prize but that was won by a youth choir from the USA. Congratulations Men in Blaque! and thank you.