West Kirby Light Operatic Society will present their Liverpool concert debut in March, with what they rather charmingly call “a sparkling cocktail of musical favourites” titled From Handel to Hammerstein.
The chorus say they are set to woo audiences and take them on a musical journey through songs old and new, from classic Cole Porter hits to some of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous musical masterpieces.
Songs from Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia and Les Miserables, as well as numbers by Rogers and Hammerstein and Sondheim through to Handel and pop classics by Simon and Garfunkel and John Lennon are all in the repertoire.
Audiences will also be treated to excerpts from WKLOS’ forthcoming production of Titanic the Musical, which will take place at the Liverpool Empire from June 5 to 9 as part of the commemorative events marking the centenary year of the ship’s sinking.
Chairman of WKLOS Ray Davies said: ‘We are delighted to be presenting our first Liverpool concert at the glorious St George’s Hall. The program of music is so varied that I’m sure there will be something to suit everyone’s tastes and if you haven’t experienced the West Kirby Sound before then you’re in for a real treat.”
WKLOS is now in its 62nd year and is one of the leading amateur musical theatre societies in the UK. Since its inception in 1950, it has been committed to offering the best in non-professional theatre, having presented 62 productions including UK premieres of Seusical The Musical and Titanic The Musical in addition to showing old favourites such as Hello Dolly, Oliver and Carousel.
The society most recently produced the UK amateur dramatic premiere of Phil Wilmott’s Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi. Although WKLOS exists to present musicals, its choral sound has become something of a trademark, with their a 50-strong choir bringing a “big-boned sonority” to classic musicals and show tunes.
WKLOS’ From Handel to Hammerstein takes place in St George’s Hall’s small concert room on March 3 and 4. Tickets are available by calling 0871 424 4444 or click www.wklos.org.uk. Alternatively, call WKLOS’ Ticket Secretary on 0151 342 2143.