CREATIVE HUB ON THE MOOR
AN EVENING WITH THE ROYAL HARMONICS
14 May 2013
with thanks to Josephine Crabb
photo by Malcolm Stork
musical feast was served to the audience as prize winning a cappella
group The Royal Harmonics swung into action with a stirring
performance of songs across the decades.
musical banquet was all about attention to detail. Under the
direction of John Palmer the group of up to 50 guys nattily attired
in satin jackets channelling the band leaders of the 30s and 40s
took us on what they describe as a whistle stop tour of popular song
ranging from early English folk, and gospel, songs from the jazz
age, songs from the shows, and modern pop classics.
the outset the group sought to involve the audience with the
different styles of singing. The eclectic ‘starter’ included
‘Blue Skies’, ‘On A Clear Day’ and ‘California
was punctuated by a ‘sorbet’ with Bob Walker one of the quartet
who wrote ‘Scarborough Fair’ demonstrating with Steve, Matt and
Tony the four voice parts (lead, bass, baritone and tenor) close
harmony a cappella style
‘main’ brought John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’
and Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.
soulful conducting gave poignancy to the second set ‘love
journey’ which charted the ‘never runs smoothly’ course of
effervescent rendering of ‘Put Your Arms Around me, Honey’ with
perfectly synchronised miming of the actions to the lyrics gave way
to more somber aspects of love with ‘Witchcraft’ and ‘How Deep
Is Your Love’.
‘dessert’ was provided by ‘Dance the Night Away’ and
showcased the acting talents of the group as they sold this number
to the audience and each other with every phrase.
encore was demanded, and to the mellow strains of the Irish Prayer
‘May the road rise to greet you’ the evening ended on a perfect
note of mutual appreciation between performers and audience.
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