South Yorkshire Times April 14, 1951
Denaby Choral Society
Fine Performance But Small Audience
Denaby and District Choral society’s spring concert in Mexborough Grammar School last night was given to an audience of just over 80.
It was well worth more. If there was a marked lack of enthusiasm on the public’s part, however, the choir and soloists did not allow this to affect their singing.
The choir were again joined by well-known Leeds singers Edward Yorke (tenor) and Frederick Noble (bass), who took, part in the society “Messiah” at Christmas.
Mr. Yorke opened with Puccini’s “Your tiny hand is frozen” from La Boheme, which was beautifully sung. His “Catari, Catari” (Cardillo) was just as exquisite. Mr. Yorke’s four songs were equalled by Mr. Noble’s, whose presentation and vigorous attack earned him an encore. His most moving “Were you there,” a negro spiritual arranged by Burleigh, and “So, Sir Page, from “The Marriage of Figaro” were the highlights of his singing.
Their duets, scenes from Gounod’s “Faust” and Bizet’s “Carmen” were fine examples of operatic singing.
Swinton pianist, Mr. John Smith, played well two Arabesques, a Chopin waltz, and “Polichinelle” by Rachmaninoff.
The choir very ably conducted and directed by Lynette Chappell, were very impressive with their Fantasia from Wallace’s “Maritana.“ Ena Sanderson was their accompanist, and the pianist for the two soloists was Allen Sawyer.