Movie music magic hits the right note

Two marvellous choirs and a string quartet delivered an Oscar-worthy night of Music from the Movies magic – and a delighted audience responded with a generous show of support for the charity that benefitted from the concert.

All Saints' Church, in Southern Road, Basingstoke was the super setting for last Saturday night’s concert starring Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir (BHMVC), Ooh Mama and string quartet 4tissimo.

Music from the Movies was free to attend but donations were invited in support of Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s £5million appeal which is helping to pay for a new cancer treatment centre in the Basingstoke area.

The generous audience showed their appreciation and support for the choirs, musicians and charity by donating £750.

BHMVC and their Musical Director Dai Ogborn are long-standing and great supporters of the charity and this was the latest in a string of events that they have been involved in. Among their varied repertoire at this concert was music from The Sound of Music and South Pacific.

Ooh Mama, under the leadership of Kate Barrett, demonstrated their vocal prowess by performing a lovely range of songs from the big screen, including a Bond Medley, Disney Princess Medley and tracks from Sister Act and Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.

4tissimo added their own string sparkle to the evening with two performances in each half, including music from Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters and Pirates of the Caribbean. 

As well as some splendid solos from members of both choirs, there was a rousing finale as the two choirs sand Do You Hear The People Sing, from Les Misérables, and Can You Feel The Love Tonight?, from The Lion King.

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at the charity, who compered the evening, said: "The UK may not have won Eurovision on Saturday, but BHMVC, Ooh Mama and 4tissimo put on a concert that was definitely worthy of douze points!

"This was a great evening that was clearly enjoyed by the audience who packed into the church. Thank you so much to the choirs and musicians for their great support, to everyone who helped to make the concert happen, and to all those who gave generously and donated such a super sum."