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Crisp, tight, cool arrangements… The Real Group had better watch out.” John Rutter, Eminent British Composer

 

Songmen have an appeal

The Songmen, Tewkesbury Methodist Church

 

Six young men singing classical music might not seem appealing for the general public. But the Songmen appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

 

For their first solo public concert in the town, they chose Tewkesbury Methodist Church as the venue - a warm, comfortable place with excellent acoustics.

 

The Songmen is an a cappella group whereby six men sing without accompaniment - except for a discreet pitch pipe.

 

Their programme started with the sacred and classical repertoire, choosing original madrigal composers such as Byrd and Tallis.

 

Immediately they seized the allegiance of the audience with their flawless harmonies and timing. They progressed on to spirituals with moving renderings of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and Deep River with the all-too-short first half culminating in folk songs such as Greensleeves and Bobby Shaftoe in which they add a dimension of humour to their disciplined singing. The second half was a mixture of fun and deep emotion.

 

Black Bird by The Beatles, the great Rat Pack number Mr Bojangles and Billy Joel's Lullaby were all delivered beautifully.

 

They had no amplification to transport their lyrics to the audience - just powerfully projected voices. The only sadness of the evening was that it had to end.

 

John Dixon
Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucestershire Citizen

 

This review was published in the Gloucestershire Echo and the Gloucestershire Citizen on March 9th 2010.

 

 

 

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