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Elvis in the Cathedral 2011

Two concerts were held in March 2011 in the spectacular settings of Llandaff and Coventry Cathedrals.

 


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The Elvis Imperials at Coventry


A sell out audience at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff on Friday 18 March enjoyed a special night of Elvis Presley Gospel and Ballad music performed by the Choir, soloist Jenson Bloomer and the sensational Elvis' Imperials who had flown in from Nashville for two special performances of "Elvis in the Cathedral."

To read a review of the Concert click here

Here are a few pictures of a night which, judging by the audience reaction, was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. 

The audience arriving at Llandaff Cathedral - overlooked by Epstein's "Christ in Majesty"
 The Choir get the evening underway with a selection of Elvis favourites.
 
With Jenson Bloomer also entertaing the audience in the first half the second half saw the first appearance of Elvis' Imperials
 
 Jenson joined the Imperials for a few numbers
 
 and then the full cast was assembled, under the direction of Joy Amman Davies, to bring the Concert to a resounding climax.
 
 
 
Not for the first time during the evening, the audience were on their feet.
 
and were rewarded with "An American Trilogy"
 

A remarkable evening in Llandaff and the Choir were looking forward to doing it all again in Coventry the following day.

The Choir was accompanied by Jo Scullin at the piano and Les Ryan at the Organ.  We were also delighted to welcome Griff Harries who accompanied some of the numbers on saxophone and flute

Photographs by Andrew O'Neill

With the fond memories of our Llandaff Cathedral Concert still very much in our thoughts, the Choir headed to the Midlands on Saturday 19 March 2011 for the second of our "Elvis in the Cathedral" Concerts.

The modern Coventry Cathedral building is a stark contrast to Llandaff. By the end of the evening, however, it was clear that the ingredients had produced the same memorable experience for audience and performers alike.

To read a review of the Concert click here

Here are some photographs from Coventry.

David Wade (far right) of Elvis Travel Service, welcomes everyone to Coventry Cathedral
Graham Sutherland’s tapestry ‘Christ in Glory’ dominates the Cathedral as the Choir starts the Concert.
  
Following a few solo items from Jenson Bloomer he joined the Choir for "You were always on my mind" and "You'll never walk alone"
 
 In the second half it was the turn of Elvis' Imperials to carry on where they left off on Friday and "wow" the packed Cathedral audience.
 
Not for the first time during the evening members of the audience were on their feet.
 
Terry Blackwood (left) and Joe Moscheo took time out to share some memories of their performances with Elvis in Las Vegas.
 Jenson joins Elvis' Imperials for a few numbers.
 
Joe Moscheo shows off the Choir shield presented to Elvis' Imperials as a momento of their time with the Orpheus
 
 Then the full Company got together for the Finale ..........
 
 
  ....................   bringing the audience again to its feet and the end to another memorable evening with "Elvis in the Cathedral".
 

Joy Amman Davies conducted the Choir, with Alice Reed on the piano,Les Ryan on the organ and Griff Harries on saxophone and flute.

 
Photographs by Linda Taylor
 

  

 

Some comments from the Elvis in Wales fan site


"I was there! Coventry Cathedral rocked! A religious revival with Elvis' numbers sung with feeling and sincerity. At first I realized that you sing with just a piano and no backing and I thought O NO this is not gonna be Elvis but when you opened up and the piano struck up the notes I was hooked, I was moved and I converted, you are sensational. You meant every word with those lilting Welsh accents. The organ thundered in, the heavens opened, I closed my eyes, my heart raced! No kidding. It was AWESOME! Jenson is well known to all of us and what a STAR and the Imperials touched my soul, but the revelation this evening was the Morriston Orpheus choir and your leader conductor Joy." GEORGIE


"Guys, you filled the Cathedral with beautiful music, it was sheer joy to be there, you, Jenson and the Imperials. Your conductor's arms were dancing with the beat and controlled every melody and rythm and your young pianist lady was perfect with the backing and getting into the mood every time. And what a super contribution came from who ever played the organ, sending shivers down my spine. When you sang with the Imperials and Jenson I was in HEAVEN! Elvis was in the Cathedral! Come again soon guys" JEFF & JEAN


"Thank you for making this a most memorable occassion, I hope you enjoyed it as much as the audience did!! Amazing show and I feel sorry for the people who missed these concerts!! Lets hope for some more shows next year" NICKY


"The show in Llandaff Cathedral on the 18th March 2011 was so fantastic I beleive that Elvis Presley was with you all it was such a once in a lifetime to see the choir with the fantastic imperials Elvis backin group I closed my eyes and had that feeling he was in the building with you all thank you for a fantastic night wishIi could thank all the choir in person that would take same time every body left the Cathedral with very fond memories we cant thank you enough"

MR & MRS DERRICK


 

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