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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 HayMalotte.

Was this to be followed with an evening of sacred music from a church choir?  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 - "Let's call the Whole Thing Off."

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" (wriitten 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 Liz David.

Simon and Garfunkel's delightful arrangements of  "The Sound of Silence" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water,"  were to follow.

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

The finale included a lively and 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.

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.

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