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(older articles can be found in our Archive section)

Like Many choirs throughout the country WMVC cannot sustain it's finances through singing alone, so from time to time it looks towards mixing fundraising with a good old social night!

These take many different forms, below is a little of what they're all about.

19th May 2017

On Friday evening 19 May the Choir joined forces once again with Bolsterstone MVC to take part in a concert called Charity Voices in the Central United Reform Chapel to raise money for Western Park Hospital. We were joined by a choir from Amsterdam called Route 66 who we sang with when we visited Amsterdam last year.

The joint male voice choirs opened the concert with "The Song Of the Jolly Roger" and closed with a selection from "The Phantom of the Opera". Route 66 opened their section of the concert with their signature tune – "Route 66" and included "Alexanders Ragtime Band", "Can’t help Falling in Love with You" and closed with "76 Trombones" including kazoos and a gong !! Mid way through their section their Conductor and Accompanist, Rob Van Djik played a piano solo – the old Winifred Atwell classic - Britannia Rag.

Route 66 opened the second half of the concert with the old Harry Belafonte number - "Banana Boat Song" and included "New York, New York", "Won’t last a Day without You", "Hey Look me Over" and closed with a tribute to Dame Vera Lynn and We’ll Meet Again. Once again Rob wowed the audience with a jazzed up piano solo version of Rule Britannia. The joint male voice choirs then sang "African Trilogy", "Angels", "The Lost Chord" and closed the concert with "American Trilogy" and received a standing ovation from a very enthusiastic audience.

The concert was sell-out and hopefully raised a significant sum for the hospital.

12th May 2017

The choir held a "Music for a Spring Evening" concert at Knowle Top Chapel, Stannington commencing at 7:30pm. We were joined by guest performer Mary Wilcock, the winner of the Michael Peaker Shield at this year's David Clover Festival of Singers

The concert began with the choir singing 3 pieces, including "A Yorkshire Mixture",  and "The Lost Chord".  Our guest, Mary sand 3 pieces from Sacred works - these included "Obra mein fu" and "Art thou troubled".  The choir then concluded the first half of the concert with another 3 pieces, commencing with part one of a "Les Mis medley",  and concluding with "American Trilogy".

After the interval, the choir sang "A medley from Phantom of the Opera".  This was followed by Mary singing another 3 pieces,  this time from musicals, including "It was never you", and "Bill".  The Choir then concluded the concert by singing 3 further pieces - commencing with "Song of the Jolly Roger",  and concluding the concert with "Rhythm of Life".

The concert was well enjoyed,  and made £ 350, which was split between the choir and the chapel.

15th April 2017

The Choir were asked to provide pre-reception entertainment for the wedding of the daughter of Baritone and Committee member Terry Else. This took place at Lomas Hall in Stannington at 17:00. We sang 7 pieces of music - including "A Yorkshire Mixture", "The Rose" and "My Heart will go on". The Choir hope the rest of the day went well, and send good wishes for the future to the happy couple.

27th February 2017

The Choir AGM was held commencing at 7:30pm in Worrall Independent Chapel.   Three committee members decided to stand down, and there were two choir members agreed to stand for election. The make up of the Committee for the coming year is as follows:-

Mark Rotchell, Ian Pasley. John Adamson, Alan Barber, Peter Revitt, Terry Else , Martin Price, Paul Sewell, Luke Vickers.

February 2017

The David Clover Competition for Singers 2017 was held earlier this month, and the the two awards donated by the choir were presented as follows:-

The Michael Peaker Memorial Trophy for Oratorio and Sacred Song aged 18 yrs and under    Mary Wilcock

The Doug Crossland Memorial Trophy for Best Female Singer    Tabitha Smart

Congratulations to Mary and Tabitha, and we hope that one or both of them may be able to join us during the next year to perform at one of our concerts.

Christmas 2016

Christmas with Worrall Male Voice Choir 2016

Click the picture above to read about the 2016 Christmas Season

7th October 2016

Worrall Environmental Group Concert 2016

Click the picture above to read about the Concert for Worrall Environmental Group at Worrall Independent Chapel

24th September 2016

Music of the Night 2016

Click the picture above to read about the Music of the Night Concert at Ecclesfield Parish Church

11th June 2016

The choir took part in a concert to help raise funds for "Amy's House" at Christ Church, Stannington commencing at 7:00pm.   We were joined by the Sheffield Cathedral Young Voices - you can read more about them by clicking on the link here, and look for the section on the "Young Voices" on that page.

The choir started the concert by singing 5 pieces - these included "When the Saints go marching in" (arranged by Hood), and "The Lord's Prayer" by Albert Hay Malotte (arranged by Deis).  The Cathedral Young Voices then sang 5 pieces including "Amazing Grace" (arranged by Peters), and "Blackbird" by The Beatles.    The choir then concluded the first half of the concert by singing "With cat-like tread" by Sullivan (arranged by Rapley), and "Phantom of the Opera medley" by Lloyd Webber (arranged by Wiltshire).

After a short interval,  Maurice Littlewood gave a short talk about the charity - if you would like to read more, click on the link here.   The choir then sang 5 more pieces to conclude the concert - including "Anthem" [from Chess] by Andersson and Ulvaeus (arranged by James), and "The Lost Chord" by Sullivan (arranged by Simmons). The concert raised £ 300 for the "Amys House" charity.

7th May 2016

Friends in Harmony - May 2016

Click the picture above to read about the Friends in Harmony Concert at Sheffield Cathedral

6th May 2016

Sadly the Choir had to say goodbye to two long standing members recently - Roy Wilkinson and Frank Street.   Roy was a stalwart supporter of the Choir and the Ladies Support Group even after having to retire as a singing member due to ill health.   Frank was also a Committee member of longstanding and was our "quartermaster" who looked after our uniform and choir merchandise sales.   They will both be sadly missed

23rd April 2016

The first "Friends in Harmony" concert featuring the combined choirs of Worrall and Bolsterstone MVCs commenced at 7pm at Christ Church Stocksbridge.   A full house greeted the 70 + voices of the combined choirs of Bolsterstone and Worrall as they took to the stage, for what promised to be a magical evening of music.   They were joined by 18 young people from Stocksbridge Junior School and ere led by their music teacher.

Throughout the evening the choirs managed to sing pieces in German, Latin, Zulu with some English words thrown in.   The young people from school excelled themselves, introducing their own items and singing their first two items unaccompanied: during their second spot, they were accompanied by a backing track and had now lost all signs of nerves, singing confidently and with excellent diction, receiving rapturous applause.

26th March 2016

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 Last updated: 11/06/2017 12:59:22