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Singing from the Heart of the Black Country
Autumn 2010 -This poster outside Dudley Concert Hall tells it all!
Our Spring Concert Guests - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Aled in full voice during the concert
Aled Jones - pictured backstage with our accompanists, Phil James and Neil Bolton
We hosted Dudley Borough's Festival of Remembrance, and were joined at this event by Phoenix West Midlands Brass, Maggie O'Hara and compère, David Bartley
We were pleased to be able to offer our supporters an opportunity to see the face and hear the voice in "close quarters" when Aled Jones was the Special Guest at our Autumn Concert Also appearing were local soprano, Annie Hodkinson, and our compère for the evening, Philippa Tomson from ITV Tyne Tees
Following their recent success at the 2009 Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, we were once again pleased to be able to welcome The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain to Dudley. They entertained us with a wide selection of their musical talents and dry wit - and they demonstrated their versatility by accompanying the choir in two of our items - "Alexander's Rag Time Band" and "Rhythm of Life
Cradley Heath Salvation Army Corps presented "An Evening At The Proms" in Dudley Concert Hall when the entertainment was led by The Household Troop Band Of The Salvation Army. We appeared together with the Canoldier Male Choir and local soloist Hilary Crowhurst.
Children from Cotwall End Primary School Choir, Sedgley were our Christmas Charity Concert guests, together with Phoenix West Midlands Brass and our compère from BBC Midlands Today, GSMVC Vice- President, Michael Collie.
Another Dudley Concert and Some Events Further Afield
Crying "God for Harry, England and Saint George!" was on the agenda as we participated in Dudley Council's celebrations of St George's Day - appearing on stage at Dudley Concert Hall with the Band of the Parachute Regiment. We were pleased that the audience included a couple of Parachute Regiment Veterans who had served in "Operation Market Garden" at Arnhem in the Second World War.
In Wales we had a welcome in the hillsides - or, at least by the seaside when we stayed at a couple of hotels on the seafront at Tenby, and participated in a joint concert with the Tenby Male Voice Choir in St Mary's Church
Another "on the road" event was a massed choir event in Cheltenham Town Hall with the other member choirs of the English Association of Male Voice Choirs.
We participated in a massed male voice choir event in Birmingham Symphony Hall to help Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir celebrate their 110th anniversary.
The Twenty-Teens (Volume 1)
Local Concerts in 2010
Our first concert of the new decade was at St Bernadette's Church in Wombourne and featured items from the Choir's repertoire plus solo items from individual choristers.
We appeared in a joint concert at the Dormston Theatre in Sedgley with the visiting St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir.. Also appearing with us were sisters, Laura and Julia, two very talented musicians from Lower Gornal,
Maggie O'Hara and Annie Hodkinson joined us when we added our support to the Mayor of Dudley's Charity Appeal in a concert at Holy Trinity Church Amblecote
Holy Trinity Church, Wordsley was the venue for a summer concert which gave us the opportunity to launch some new repertoire items
One rehearsal in October took the form of an open evening when members of the public who were interested in finding out more about life in a male voice choir with a view to joining us were given the opportunity to attend..
Our final appearance in 2010 was our customary "free and easy" seasonal charity sing along at the Jolly Crispin pub in Sedgley
Without our knowledge (because we always watch the conductor!!), we were filmed as we sang "An American Trilogy" with the Tenby Choir and the resultant video has been discovered on YouTube - although the Tenby Choir is almost invisible
Click on the YouTube Play button to see and hear GSMVC & Tenby Male Voice Choir singing "An American Trilogy"
The Head Master's report for 2011 was very favourable:-
We grew in number by about seven members.
We added many new items to our repertoire
We added a new and easily portable electronic piano to our stable
We sang in Concert Halls, Cathedrals, Churches, Care Homes, Pubs and even a Farmer's Field
We sang with some very special guest artists (and we've booked some more for the future)
We performed in some fantastic joint concerts with other choirs and bands (and more for 2012)
We helped 3 couples celebrate their weddings
We filled our diary for 2012 and even took bookings for dates through into 2014
We developed a very special relationship with two local charities
We generated in excess of £10,000 which we donated to local and national charities
Our 2011 Spring Concert featured young soprano, Faryl Smith, who shot to fame on the television show "Britain's Got Talent" Adrian Goldberg of Radio WM and Radio Five Live was the compère for evening
This year’s EAMVC Concert was held in Worcester Cathedral,
In our local area we were invited to sing at a re-dedication ceremony for a Howitzer Shell (originally presented to the people of Wordsley as thanks for their fund-raising efforts during the First World War) but now restored, and on display in Wordsley Community Centre. We also appeared in the Mayor of Dudley’s charity, Kingswinford and five community concerts in Penn, Netherton, Stourbridge, Kinver and Wombourne – the latter being a concert produced by our Assistant accompanist, Phil James,
In the autumn, we shared the “stage” in St Mary’s Church, Kingswinford with Builth Male Voice Choir who were visiting the Black Country for the weekend. The church was full and the audience was in raptures (this concert was in aid of two local charities “Action Heart” and “The Georgina Ward, Russells Hall Hospital Leukaemia Support Appeal “
The 2011 Festival of Remembrance featured Sovereign Brass and the new local singing sensation, Simbi Akande. Our compère for the evening was the Black Country Comedienne, Marlene.
Our customary "Christmas Singalong" took place in the Jolly Crispin pub in Gornal. The pub was so full when we arrived that a game of musical chairs had to be played to generate some space for us to perform. Rob, the landlord, told us he will be thinking about a marquee extension for 2012!
Our final event for the year was our Christmas Charity Concert - on this occasion, joined by The Langley Band, Oldswinford C of E Primary School Choir and compère, Annie Hodkinson
Lesley Garrett was the special guest at our Autumn Concert, and once again, we were pleased to be able to put up the “Sold Out” notices. Michael Collie acted as compère at this concert.