What a lovely evening and a 'feel good' experience in such difficult times. Last night Ocho were thrilled to be asked to take part in Rolleston Choral Society's Ebony and Ivory Concert to celebrate the arrival of the brand new piano. Every performer was asked to sing at least one piece of music relating to a piano. The Choral Society started the evening off with a take on Beethovens Moonlight Sonata and Gounod's Ave Maria ... lovely stuff which brought a touch of culture to the start of the evening! This was followed by some awe inspiring piano playing by Dominic Ludlow and some equally inspiring singing by Sam Horton. To finish the first half of the programme we listened to the stars of the evening, John of Rolleston Primary School Choir. There is something very touching and very pure about seeing young children singing their hearts out. Ocho started the second half with Irving Berlin's 'I Love a Piano' and this was followed by three of our current favourites, Chilli Con Carne (Yes, that's right!), Blackbird / I Will and a rousing version of Kirby Shaw's Rock a My Soul. Rolleston Choral then sang three more piano melody inspired songs before all performers gathered on the stage for the grand finale of 'Ebony and Ivory' and 'Walking in Memphis'.
When there is so much trepidation in the world today it was lovely to just take a break from it all and just enjoy music and singing together. The final song had the entire audience rocking in the aisles and it was a pleasure for Ocho to be part of the evening. Thank you so much to our own Simon Lesley who is also Musical Director of the Choral Society for bringing everyone together for such a joyous evening.
ps: It was Jojo Bancroft's very first concert attendance and he really enjoyed it !
pps: Now Ocho look forward to their next performance at Haddon Hall on June 7th.