This section contains a selection of reviews and comments on our performances. Some of these are quotes from newspaper reports, others are comments received from audience members.
We also include some competition adjudications.
Staines – May 2011
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Staines, I would like to thank once again the Imperial Male Voice Choir and the Royal Air Forces Association President’s Band for the fantastic concert that you put on last Saturday.
We were able to raise over £3,700 from the event and all of these funds will go towards various Rotary charities.Thank you again for all of your help, and look forward to see you again soon.
Rotary Club President, Kevin Bridge
As the bride and groom from the wedding on August 20th at Clivedon we wanted to extend a very big thankyou for helping make the day so memorable. The choir were sensational; we have had so many comments saying how amazing they were and I was hoping you could please pass on our very sincere thanks to the choir. Andrew will never forget seeing Karen walk down the stairs with the sound of the choir singing Louis Armstrong!
Best wishes, Andrew & Karen Bound.
Review of CD3 by composer and conductor Geoff Davidson
the Wagner Tannhauser chorus but this CD really shows a remarkable choir with
excellent top tenors, really accurate tuning and a terrific sense of
enjoyment and "gusto" that comes off the recording. Amazing sense of style too.'
Free translation of extracts:
A Singing Festival and a Journey
With the theme "song festival with a romantic journey", an impressive cross-section of songs in English, French, Russian and German were heard late Sunday afternoon in the town church of Thun. The Männerchor Thun, alternating with the men's choir of Gorgier and The Imperial Male Voice Choir of London, surprised with a unique concert experience…..
With much charm, the conductor of the London men's choir, Deborah Miles-Johnson appeared like an angel. The 22 men of the 30-year-old choir were homogeneous, with a strong, sounded beautiful expression. Cecily Nicholls worked as accompanist. Versatility was evident in English, Hungarian, Russian folk songs to Bruckner's " Trösterin Musik " and the ‘Pilgrims' Chorus’ from Wagner's "Tannhäuser'.
Choirmasters succeeded in a cappella singing, the bass voices in harmony to wind around the tenors, so that a listener with closed eyes had the impression that the voices were floating down the aisle.
Sung as a lighter contrast by Leana Durney was Richard Strauss' "Beating hearts" and Massenet Frères "Voyez". She astonished the audience that, with her natural voice, she could without forcing keep up with the three male choruses, such as "Come, come, hero of my dreams." Her singing was impressive in cooperation with the London choir director Miles-Johnson & accompanied by the three choirs, in the famous "March of Elgar." The finale was followed by group singing of "Le Vieux Chalet" in which the audience also contributed to the success.