Encore, Encore - The Aeolian Choir an
appreciation by John Samson
I have had the pleasure of hearing and
enjoying the Aeolian Male Voice Choir over many years however I must say that I
enjoyed the 2019 Annual Concert more than any other. The choir were superb and
all the men appeared to be thoroughly enjoying their singing. The choice of
songs by Musical Director Alex Ferguson was varied and the audience were
mightily entertained by the range and choice and enjoyed every one of the
choir's 21 songs. The show songs from Chess, LesMis, Miss Saigon to The
Greatest Showman and some golden oldies from Carousel and Ghostwere a perfect balance with the pieces chosen
by the wonderful soloists and each song was beautifully caressed and diction
clear to allow maximum enjoyment.
The soloists were well known to the choir
as they were all members of Loudoun Musical Societies cast in such classics as
"Joseph", "The Producers" My Fair Lady, West Side Story,
Rock of Ages and Jesus Christ Superstar and they brought us extremely popular
solos and duets from shows and classical songs, old and particularly new songs
which were a treat for East Ayrshire audiences. The new songs included
highlights from "Dear Evan Hansen", “Miss Saigon", "Les
Miserables", " The Witches of Eastwick" and "The Greatest Showman".
A particular favourite with the audience was when the soloists collaborated
with the choir in such items as "The Prayer", "Bui
Doi"& “One Day More”.
The whole evening was a tribute to the
musical skills of Alex Ferguson and David Walker; they planned, prepared and
executed the entire programme and every item with amazing expertise and energy.
I particularly enjoyed "Unchained Melody" "Bring him Home"
with soloist Neil Sommerville, “Kalinka” with soloist John Goodwin, "Those
were the days" with soloist Tom Adams, "Tell my Father" from the
American Civil War musical and "Lean on me".
Overall all the choir items were memorable
and were a testament to Alex and David's preparation and performance skills. A
wonderful evening was had by all and on behalf of your audience I would like to
shout out "Encore!, Encore!" and we fully expect next years show to be
"Back by Popular Demand". More strength to Alex and his bunch of