Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Abide With Me

                              

This was my mum's favourite hymn. It was and still is the Rugby League hymn. Me and my brother took her to the 1980 Hull derby cup final (Hull KR 10 - Hull FC 5) where the royal guest was Queen Mother. Goodness knows what she thought of the game. Same weekend as the Iranian embassy siege, brought to an end by the SAS. Mum left school at 14, shorthand typist, shop assistant (confectioner, photographer), secretary to catering dept. HRI. She died in 1995, aged 75.
  Our current version was arranged by MD Alan Brierley. We sang it in Flanders, at the Menin Gate. I think his mum likes it too.


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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Bridge Over Troubled Water

The choir doesn't sing this as often as we used to. It was in every concert at one time. I remember an excellent performance in Wrexham, where we shared the stage with Cantorion Colin Jones. A massive round of applause which was no mean feat in N. Wales with an elite Welsh Choir.

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Recorded 1970. Their final album and biggest hit single.

Both born 1941. New York Jews. Started singing together aged 11/13 years. Each married several times with children. Strongest early influence - The Everley Brothers.