Portsmouth Guildhall with the Milton Glee Club Choir

Portsmouth Guildhall CoDs Band  MGCWell now here’s a poser for you. What does Barry Manilow, Gary Barlow, Lt Col Sir F Vivian-Dunn, Sousa, Michel Legrand, Vivaldi, Simon & Garfunkel, Freddie Mercury, John Stanley, Lennon & Mc Cartney…all have in common?

Very simply they all contributed (along with others) to a magnificent combined concert at Portsmouth Guildhall on Sunday afternoon (6th Oct) with the Milton Glee Club Choir together with the famous RM Corps of Drums from the Royal Marines Band Portsmouth.

As a result, the very large audience had a rare treat and clearly were not disappointed judging by the enthusiastic applause afforded to us all – particularly at the finale where stamping of feet, whistles and cheers could clearly be heard on stage.

Congrats are due to Brian North (Director of Music for the MGC Choir) whose concert it was and his excellent choices of music – some with very up to date spins and arrangements that worked extremely well for both band and choir alike.

Our particular congrats must also go to the choir’s most excellent pianist/ accompanist Ian Walker whose understated playing ensured that the whole thing remained together. Well done Ian!

See below the full programme:–

National Anthem ( Arr. Gordon Jacob)

Opening “One Voice” Manilow

Selection “Take That” Barlow,

Band with RM Corps of Drums March “Captain General” Vivian Dunn followed by Drum Beatings

March “Semper Fidelis” Sousa

Film Music – Alto Sax solo by Eric Payne “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life” Legrand

Classical “River of Dreams” Vivaldi

Pop Classics “Bridge over Troubled Water” Simon & Garfunkel

“Queen – Love of my Life” (Who wants to live forever) Mercury

Classical, Jon Yates (Principal Trumpet) Trumpet Voluntary John Stanley arr Cole

Pop Classics “Beatles – Echoes of an Era” Lennon/Mc Cartney


March “Mechanized Infantry” Mc Bain

Song Soloist Dr Paul Coker (Trombone), “Georgia On My Mind” Carmichael

Film “Moulin Rouge” arr Carter

Overture, “Resplendent Glory” Galante

Song “Sailing Home” arr North

Celebration “Go the Distance” Menken

March, “The Liberators” Ancliffe with the RM Corps of Drums joined for the Finale.

Remembrance “Abide with Me” and “Sunset” Arr Cole

Set to Music, “We Will Remember Them” Brian North

Finale:– “No Wars Will Stop Us Singing” Wiseman

“Jerusalem” Parry arr. Woodfield

Our next engagement is at Trowbridge Civic Centre with the Military Wives Choirs once again, so we look forward to yet another full house all being well!

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