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Manhattan Voices are no Church Choir. (Photograph taken at St. Hedda's Catholic Church, Egton) 

They are well-known for the variety of musical genres in their performances both in Scarborough and further afield.

Read the article below which describes the concert on Saturday 13th June at Ugthorpe.

Last night's concert by Manhattan Voices proved to be a real treat for the audience at St. Anne's Church, Ugthorpe.

It started off with a wonderful arrangement of The Lord's Prayer by Albert Hay Malotte.

Was this to be followed with an evening of sacred music?  You could be forgiven for thinking so. But no.....

Let's hope our audience were not disappointed.

Manhattan Voices are renowned for diversity in their concerts and this was to be no exception.

Next came the Gospel Train with three popular numbers - Go Down Moses, Oh, Happy Day and Ain't No Mountain High Enough. 

Then it was over to Ireland for Tigaree Torum Orum (a fun little folksong in which each member of the group  enjoyed delivering a verse.)  This was sandwiched between the lilting tones of Danny Boy and Irish Blessing.

Congratulations to Meena Inasu who performed her first solo with the group with "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," by George and Ira Gershwin.

Miss Saigon, now in its second year of revival in London's West End, was a good choice for a medley from the musicals.  Georgie Samuel's performance of "Maybe" (written for the 25th anniversary production of the show) was truly memorable, as was the more well-known  "I'd Give My Life For You."

The glorious "O Mio Babbino Caro," from Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi, was beautifully portrayed by soprano Liz David.

Simon and Garfunkel's delightful arrangements of  "The Sound of Silence" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water,"  included some lovely harmonies.

Penny Richardson then became the passionate and fiery gipsy, Carmen, in Bizet's Habenera.

The finale included an energetic rendering of songs from Sister Act.  Georgie 's powerful voice filled the church at the beginning of the encore "Joyful, Joyful, " followed by an  enthusiastic and lively performance from the rest of the group.

We must give a special mention to MD Mrs Susan Hartley who,  with her talents as both an accomplished pianist and voice coach, plus her never-ending patience, encouragement and good sense of humour,  ensures the group produces such a good sound.

If you've read this review and would like to see Manhattan Voices perform they will be at Wykeham Fair on Sunday 6th July (afternoon) and at South Cliff Methodist Church on Monday 6th July at 7.45 p,m.