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Worrall Male Voice Choir News

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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.

Christmas 2017

Christmas with Worrall Male Voice Choir 2017

Click the picture above to read about the 2017 Christmas Season

24th November 2017

The Choir visited the Rose and Crown at Stannington, where we sang carols (local and traditional) from the Blue Book. We sang a number of carols in 2 slots from 8:00pm and there were a number of supporters and pub regulars who joined in during the evening. This event marked the start of the Christmas period for the choir

October 2017

It is with deep sadness that we record the death of our Chairman, Mark Rotchell after prolonged medical issues. Despite these he continued to serve the choir with dedication, care and sensitivity – he will be very sadly missed by us all. Our hearts go out to Alison, his wife, and all the family at this time of pain and sorrow. Mark was a committed Christian and we know he is at peace with his Lord always. We comfort ourselves with this fact as we face the future without him in our midst.

8th September 2017

The choir organised an "Evening of Music" at The Church of St John the Baptist, Penistone in aid of Barnsley Hospice. Once again, we were delighted to welcome Anna Bradburn to perform with us (more details to follow).

2nd September 2017

The choir joined forces once again with Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir to perform in a concert at Brightholmlee Chapel, Wharnecliffe Side (more details to follow)

24th June 2017

The choir held a concert in Trinity Methodist Church, Hillsborough commencing at 7:30pm in memory of David Hawksworth who left the choir a legacy in his will. We were joined by Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir, with the proceeds going to Cavendish Cancer Care Centre.

The choir started the concert by singing 5 pieces of music, commencing with "A Yorkshire Mixture" arranged by Simmons, 2 from Musicals including "A seletion from Les Miserables" by Schoemberg arranged by Huff, and concluding with "My heart will go on" from the film Titanic, by Horner arranged again by Simmons. Millhouse Green then sang 6 pieces, commencing with "With a Voice of singing" by Shaw. They also sang "Danny Boy" arranged again by Simmons, and concluded the first half of the concert with anpother song from a musical, "There is nothing like a dame" by Rogers and Hammerstein from South Pacific.

After the break, there was a short speech by a representative from Cavendish Cancer Care before the second half commenced, outlining what the charity does. The second half of the concert began with Millhouse Green taking to the stage to sing 5 more pieces, commencing with "Come to the Fair" by Taylor and Martin arranged by Brower. They also sang "Sit Down Your'e Rocking teh Boat" by Loesser, and concluded their second section with "Hallelujah Chorus" by Handel. We then returned to the stage to sing 3 more pieces, commencing with a selection from "Phantom of the Opera" by Lloyd Webber arranged by Wiltshire, and concluding with "Rhythm of Life" by Coleman arranged by Barnes. We were then joined by Millhouse Green to finish the concert with "American Trilogy" arranged by Humphreys.

The concert was well attended, and the concert raised £ 2082.83 for the charity. Click here to see the certificate of appreciation received from the charity (This requires Acrobat Reader to be installed on your PC).  To install this,  click on the button below.

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.

 Last updated: Sunday, 31. December 2017 13:56:05