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With a seating capacity of almost 400 Manhattan Voices had a huge challenge when they planned their concert at St. Andrew's Church, Scarborough.

However, all their efforts came to fruition on Saturday evening when they were greeted by a church full of people.

The audience was entertained, not only by Manhattan Voices and their excellent M.D. and accompaniest, Sue Hartley,  but also Julia Sinclair, local soprano, and New Mill Male Voice Choir.

"Music is the Voice of the Soul," was the title of the concert and the audience were not to be allowed to leave the building without knowing why.

They had no idea of the quality of music that they were to experience that night, nor of the emotion they would feel as a result.

Manhattan Voices is local singing group based at Scarborough Academy of Music, Wykeham and led by Musical Director, Sue Hartley,

They opened with a rousing gospel version of This is the Day. The audience were hooked!

Gilbert & Sullivan fans were to be treated to a selection of popular songs from Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado.

Soloists Liz David and Caroline Clark hit the high notes with their beautiful solos, Poor Wandering One and The Sun Whose Rays.

Following this Julia Sinclair was to wow the audience with some opera favourites: One Kiss, Vilia and O Mio Babbino

The New Mill Male Voice Choir, from the Holmfirth area of West Yorkshire, were to add yet another dimension to the programme.

Here we had a collection of big voices with a sound that blended beautifully. They opened with The Deadwood Stage, giving a lively and engaging performance. This was followed with an Acapella version of My Lord What a Morning. Other numbers included He Ain't Heavy and Abide with Me.

When joining with Suzanne Booker, one of the Manhattan Voices, in The Holy City the atmosphere in the church was magical. Her voice soared above the mellow blend of the male voices, ensuring a truly memorable.performance.

In the second half of the programme Manhattan Voices led with a Les Miserables' medley. The power of the music combined with a magnificent performance from the group was electrical.

Julia followed with more opera numbers - Musetta's Waltz and One Fine Day. The audience were overwhelmed by her singing and delightful performance and were rewarded as she treated them to her final number - that wonderful "prima donna" song, Art is Calling.

Manhattan Voices and New Mill MVC  joined together to sing Kings of Swing, which included favourites such as Begin the Beguine, Moonlight Serenade, Ain't Misbehaving and Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Alexander's Ragtime Band, The Lion Sleep Tonight and Morte Christe were New Mill's final set. But... they had a surprise up their sleeves and when three sailors appeared on the stage we knew we were going to have some fun. As they "heaved and hauled" on their ropes in the popular sea shanty there was great amusement enjoyed by all.

The church was awash with sound as Manhattan Voices and New Mill delivered their final number, American Trilogy.

This certainly was "Music of the Soul."

A standing ovation from the audience brought the evening to a perfect end.

To those of you who came to our concert - a huge Thank you!

£1200 was raised for the church.

Thanks too to Gary, Elaine, Bob and Marylyn (members of the Academy's Tuesday Singers) who did a tremendous job as Front of House.


Photos: New Mill M.V.C. with Manhattan Voices

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 Suzanne Booker sings The Holy City with New Mil M.V.C.suzanne