The beautifully balanced ‘If I Were A Rich Man’ with Sue Edward’s sympathetic piano accompaniment, later confirmed by ‘There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame’ and underscored by a delightfully-descanted ‘Hippopotamus Song’, revealed the success of Braintree Male Voice Choir’s foray into musical theatre.
Familiarity did not breed contempt as a nearly score-free ‘Nessun Dorma’ and a wonderful ‘Morte Criste’ and its thrilling acapello verse and forte chorus contrast, proved. The varied, appealing programme, did meticulous musical director, David Wood, proud.
Guests, Swing Express Big Band, soon got into their stride under their laid-back saxophonist leader. Muted numbers and clever positioning ensured an acoustically pleasing segue from instruments to the well-modulated choir.