Hitting the High Notes with Aled Jones
Thank you to the Gentlemen Songsters Male Voice Choir for making us part of their 60th anniversary concert and ensuring that we met their special guest Aled Jones! What a fundraiser it turned out to be.
Dudley Town Hall was packed on Saturday 23rd September as the Gentlemen Songsters Male Voice Choir celebrated their 60th anniversary with a very special concert.
The 70-strong choir performs in up to 16 concerts and events every year and, apart from entertaining its audiences, raises funds for a variety of charities. As they showed on Saturday the choir has a very broad repertoire ranging from “golden oldies” such as Louis Armstrong’s ‘Wonderful World” to more recent songs from the likes of Westlife.
On this occasion the Songsters graciously stepped back from the spotlight for part of the concert to bring their special guest to centre stage. Aled Jones, wowed the crowd with both his singing and his repartee. As you can see he also charmed Alfie’s Mum and Dad – Vickie and Paul, with a pre-show meet and greet.
If you only know Aled as the voice of “Walking in the Air” (from the 1980’s animated show “The Snowman”) then you would have been surprised and delighted by the quality of his baritone timbre and amused by his ability to work the audience with a range of wisecracks and anecdotes. It was fascinating to hear Aled using the magic of recording technology to perform a number of duets with his younger self, as well as proving he could actually still hit the high notes with an impromptu rendition of “Walking in the Air”. The Songsters and Aled came together for the show’s finale with a rousing rendition of “You Raise Me Up”.
The end of the concert was, strangely, the high point for The Friends of Alfie Johnson. Thanks to the Gentlemen Songsters, our team was allowed to position themselves at the exit for a bucket collection.
The response of the Dudley Town Hall audience (and the Songsters themselves) was truly outstanding. We raised a total of £734.08!
We had people emptying purses and pockets to gives us all of their change and plenty of £20 notes. A quick trip round the bar seemed to particularly fruitful too. Thank you so much to the Gentlemen Songsters for their support and to everybody who attended the concert for their generosity.
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The Friends of Alfie Johnson.