Milton Glee Club, Portsmouth Guildhall, review: '˜We didn't want it to end'

The one and only Milton Glee Club joined forces with the Royal Marines Association Concert Band for a Christmas concert which rounded off a fantastic 70th anniversary year for the choir.Â

Wednesday, 19th December 2018, 3:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 10:19 am
Milton Glee Club and the Royal Marines Association Concert Band at Portsmouth Guildhall

Tickets fly off the shelves for this annual joint concert and it's a tradition for many Portsmouth families to kick off the festive period with the show.  

I wasn't sure what to expect from this marriage of choir and brass, but can tell you now that from the opening bars of the first piece, A Christmas Fantasy, I vowed I would make it a tradition for my family too from now on. It was truly spectacular. 

Though festive throughout, there was nothing predictable about the programme. It veered from jazz standards such as My Funny Valentine, to a My Fair Lady medley, on to classic carols such as Silent Night and Hark the Herald Angels. 

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It's impossible to express just how powerful the combined voices of MGC are on stage, and  when backed by such a wonderful band, they are a force to be reckoned with. 

There were many moments when the performance was so beautiful it brought a tear to my eye. Carol of the Bells was one of the highlights. 

But there were plenty we hadn't heard before, such as China Doll, by the Royal Marines and Shepherd's Pipe Carol by MGC. 

We didn't want it to end, and when it did, we would happily have sat through the whole thing again.