We are all absolutely buzzing after a 4 day trip to the Lakes. From our fabulous hotel ‘The Castle Inn’ on the banks of Bassenthwaite, we’ve explored Keswick, sung with Whitehaven Male Voice Choir in Cleator, and entertained the guests and shoppers of Hayes Garden World.
So many great memories made, and experiences had. 2 social evenings have brought smiles to everyone’s faces! One of our trip organisers, Ray, celebrated his Ruby wedding anniversary with us on Sunday, and brought everyone to tears with the songs he sang so beautifully to Chris.
We’ve renamed our coach driver Kev ‘The Bridge master’ and our poet laureate Christine has even written a poem about the coach / bridge experience! Please ask a choir member for the full details… it was quite the experience!
It was wonderful to share the weekend too with the wonderful Sue Christie and her partner Donald. Sue celebrated the 30th anniversary of her joining MGMVC (1994), by conducting the joint items in Cleator. Huge thank you to Donald for supporting our basses, John & Will B for being great comperes, and to Phil S for being a superstar, and basically not stopping playing all weekend!
Wonder where ‘Steve & Ray’ tours will take us next?? They are the best tour operators anywhere to be found 🤩
What a fabulous evening we have had recording a track in Thurlstone Church. We can’t wait for you to hear the ‘Pension for a Soldier’ in digital form AND we’re performing it live in concert at both Dodworth on Nov 11th & in Penistone on Nov 25th… and maybe in the Lakes later this month… watch this space ♥️🎵
Fabulous to have had 2 weddings this week for choir members and their families. Our fabulous, and experienced bass Dave got married on Thursday, accompanied in this pic by his baritone dad Chris! And Saturday saw our bass Keith celebrating the wedding of his daughter to one of our newest members – Ivan, who is trying out singing with our baritones!
A huge MGMVC congratulations to both Dave and Ivan, and their families . We couldn’t be more thrilled for you both!
A huge thank you to everyone who made our evening such a success – both choirs performed fabulous sets! The choir and audience sang two local folk songs together – 6 Jolly Miners (led by Duncan & arr. by Joe Shaw) & The Grand Pubs of Yorkshire (led by Michael B). Our 2 joint numbers were The Circle of Life from the Lion King, and The Lord’s Prayer by Albert Hay Malotte. What a wonderful combined sound!! Thanks to all the tea and coffee helpers, Melvyn for being our ticket officer on the door, and the ladies choir for organising the raffle and programs. Thanks go to both our pianists too, both choirs are blessed with super talented musicians who accompany them each week – Philip Sutcliffe and Yvonne Woffenden.
We had a fabulous evening on Monday (3rd July) with the Penistone Ladies – we’re working on 2 joint items and some Yorkshire folk songs for our concert on July 15th. Led by Joe and Rachel, with fabulous pianists in Yvonne and Phil we worked hard on Malotte’s Lord’s Prayer, and the Lion King’s Circle of Life, complete with flute and djembe.we’re really looking forward to the concert now!! Come along on July 15th to Emmanuel church for a great evening 🎵
We are delighted to sponsor a class and a cup in this fabulous festival. 2 years ago we invited our class winner Madeline Lake to sing with us. And she’s a winner again. A stunning voice, do pop along to the festival showcase concert to hear her and other winners.
A huge thank you to Peterborough Male Voice and their team for hosting over 40 lower voice choirs and their teams for a thought provoking conference. Our MD Rachel, 3 committee members and a top tenor (our youngest member!) spent the day in Peterborough.
Fact: In the past decade, 1 in 3 male singing groups have ceased to exist. And a challenge to the groups there – how are we going to move forward for growth and security? Some very hard hitting talks, and inspirational stories. Lots and lots for our committee to discuss!
A joy and a privilege as well as sad occasions – In the past 4 weeks, the MGMVC have sung at 2 funerals, in Jan at Grenoside crematorium we sang Schubert’s An Die Music, alongside Cym Rhondda (Guide me Oh) to mark the life of Baritone John Briggs. Today the gents have sung at Thurlstone St Saviour’s as we said goodbye to our treasured bass John Wood.He chose his own music – ‘What Would I Do Without My Music’ and Gwahoddiad. We joined with Graham and the Thurlstone band for Love Divine.
At our concert on April 1st, we are going to start our program with ’He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother’ as a tribute to both these wonderful men. they leave a huge hole in our choir and in our hearts.