Local singers One Accord have been entertaining audiences for many years, presenting their own shows as well as appearing in events as varied as Poppy Appeal concerts, singing with The Military Wives Choir, guesting in many charity shows and even Christmas busking. Each summer they perform a different concert somewhere in and around Torbay, an event eagerly awaited by their followers.
On Saturday 15th July 7.30pm they are bringing their new show to our fabulous venue, Stage Left. This follows their appearance last Christmas at one of the highly popular afternoon tea events held there but in a way it is ‘coming home’ for the group who for several years in their early configuration competed and won dozens of trophies in the South West England Music Festival held at the theatre, both as a choir and as individual performers. Less competitive these days their aim is simply to entertain audiences with a wide and surprising range of ensemble and individual numbers.
Chair Paul Woodhouse explains that the group is never more than 16 in number and that every voice counts as they rise to the challenge of learning repertoire that always contains some original arrangements of popular songs that are the work of talented music teacher and director Belinda Byers. “Rehearsals are going well,” he says, “We are grappling with some intricate and complicated harmonies and rhythms. The excitement is beginning to build as we gain in confidence and the show takes shape.”
As is usual for One Accord this concert will feature fabulous four- and three-part ensemble harmony work but also solo and smaller group performances. It is an eclectic mix that is sure to have something for everyone. Musical theatre is well represented as is the world of pop but if something like 16th century madrigals are more your thing you are in for a bit of a treat. Belinda Byers will be conducting and Kris Emmett accompanying on piano. Guitar, Cello and saxophone accompaniments will also feature in what promises to be quite a show. Tickets can be purchased through the Palace Theatre box office (11am to 3pm on weekdays), telephone 01803 665800 or booked online here.