Weighton Waytes Excel in Joint Concert

Members of the Weighton Waytes Choir are constantly surprised at the depth and scope of talent found amongst it’s number. One of our number – The Reverend Doctor Francis Loftus recently announced that he was a member of York Light Orchestra and that they would like The Waytes to take part in a joint concert entitled “Crescendo” in aid of “York, Mind” and to be held in the wonderful St Helen’s Church, Escrick near York.

Founded in 1947, York Light Orchestra is a collection of 40 or so volunteer musicians who meet weekly and undertake concerts across the region. Waytes member, the enigmatic Francis Loftus is a viola player in the orchestra.

The concert was arranged for 27th April 2024 and because of busy schedules, only one joint rehearsal was possible. In the event, the evening was a great success and the capacity audience were treated to a musical feast by orchestra and choir. The Weighton Waytes and York Light Orchestra performed a selection of pieces from their repertoire. Those from the Orchestra¬† included: The theme from “Gladiator”; The Overture from Die Fledermaus”¬† and “The Greatest Showman”.

Meanwhile, Weighton Waytes selection included: “Sing Cantate Dominie”; “Love Changes Everything” and “Ave Maria” (Caccini).

The two excellent groups of musicians then joined together for a spectacular finale under the baton of Martin Farmery. This included: “Zadok the Priest”; “Amazing Grace” in the style of Pachelbel’s Canon and Jerusalem in which audience joined the musicians.

The evening raised over ¬£850.00 for “Mind, York” and following the new musical friendships forged, it is very likely to be repeated in future years.

Choir Musical Director, Carole Readman

The magnificent St Helen’s Church, Escrick, York.