The concerts ‘Music of the Night’, produced and directed by Nigel Hopkins at the Orihuela Costa Resort at La Zenia last Saturday, hit new heights in entertainment on the Costa.
The shows featured the Costa’s leading choir, Melody Makers International, along with Cantemos! Youth. Special guests were KARISMA, the girls harmony group consisting of Janelle Gaskell, Elise MacGregor, Holly Neeson and Gemma Gamble Garcia.
The show was opened with the impressive Melody Makers singing Anthem from Chess and Jesus Christ Superstar. There followed a fully staged and costumed performance of a medley from Annie by the talented youngsters of Cantemos!
The girls harmony group KARISMA showed the more than 1,100 people present what all the fuss had been about them with their wonderful harmonies in songs such as What I Did For Love and I Dreamed A Dream, drawing enthusiastic applause from the huge audiences.
The four adult soloists were excellent with the honours going to Alyson Horsfall who soared above the 60 strong chorus in a special arrangement of Climb Every Mountain from Sound of Music, and Eric Berg, who gave a flawless rendition of If I Were A Rich Man – acted in costume – to an appreciative audience.
The most enthusiastic applause, however, was given to a surprise performance of Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera given in cloak and mask by professional UK tenor Matthew Hopkins – son of conductor Nigel Hopkins. Matthew, Director of Music at Nottingham Trent University also led the professional band on the keyboards as well as writing the band parts for the entire performance.
The choirs Melody Makers International and Cantemos! Youth went from strength to strength culminating in a grand finale, led by Karisma, of You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me which drew lengthy and vociferous standing ovations from the satisfied audience.
The concerts supported two local charities, with Samaritans in Spain raising 600€, whilst Help At Home raised 750€, the extra by virtue of the donations given to them by Nigel Hopkins for the sale of his CD album of popular songs.
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