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Now the painting is finished !

After all the hard work at the weekend it was time for the carpets to be brought back to life. AGS Carpet Cleaning were called in to action and did a great job. Nicky and her team did themselves proud as they washed and scrubbed with machines and various liquids to rejuvenate the carpets back to their former sparkle. Highly recommend them, look them up online.

and to go with the new paint scheme…..

Choir Hall Maintenance Weekend

On a bright Saturday morning the hall was opened up for the start of the maintenance plan drawn up by Leon Jones. A willing group of choristers, and choristers wives, turned out to rejuvenate the hall and carry out some essential maintenance.  As you will see from the pictures below, the committee had previously agreed to trying a new colour scheme in the small rehearsal room before progressing to the Main hall.  We think it looks great and brightens up the room, especially with the new LED lights.

Some necessary work was carried out in the beer cellar to keep the beer flowing !

The bar area, shelving and lighting had a refresh..

 

Meanwhile a lot of work was done on the grounds too…even in the rain !!

Our uniform room had a makeover…wow…. it looks great now !!

Floors got scrubbed…

And of course….there were tea breaks !!!!

and more tea breaks………!

Huge thank you to the ladies who provided the workforce with bacon and sausage rolls on Saturday and sandwiches and cakes on Sunday.

To all those who helped out in any way…. thank you for helping to keep the choir hall maintained and looking as good now as it did 20 years ago.  To those who couldn’t make it this time….see you next time !!

Birdie Boys fund-raising day out to Wernddu

Saturday 13th May – The golfing members of Caldicot Male Voice Choir enjoyed a day out to Wernddu Golf Club led by our very own Golf Captain Alyn Dawe.  On a slightly overcast morning seventeen players, made up of choristers and friends, met up for coffee and bacon butties before tackling the course which was in tremendous condition. Three nearest the pin prizes were up for grabs as was the main prize for the winning team.

 Before the first ball was struck our former choir chairman Leon “The Firework” Jones felt it was important to warm up properly first !!

Suitably exercised, the golf commenced under the Texas Scramble format  The skies cleared a little to let the cries of “Fore left” ring out beautifully as the players enjoyed the challenges that Wernddu presents.

To many players dismay “driving the green” on the dog-leg 3rd is not allowed any more, so it became part of nearest the pin but “in 2” shots. Well done XXXXXX XXXXXXX on winning this. The other two nearest the pin prizes were won by XXXXX YYYYY at the ZZZZZ hole  and ZZZZ YYYY at the XXXX.

The overall team prize was won by Dai Gould, Harry Giblin (playing his first game after 30 years!!), Spike Hughes and Ron Powell with a score of XXXXXX points.  In fact all the teams scores were covered by XXX points, well done Mr Handicapper!!!

The players then enjoyed the hospitality side of Wernddu Golf Club with a curry and chips meal washed down with some cool, refreshing drinks.

Of course, it wasn’t all about the golf and with match fees,a small raffle and a scratchcard game a total of £TTTTT was raised for the choirs chosen charity for 2017, Severn View Without Doors based in Chepstow who are doing tremendous work for those suffering from dementia and related illnesses. They are planning to build a sensory garden and monies raised by the Birdie Boys and the Choirs cycling club in 2017 will go forward to this project.

Many thanks to Wernddu for hosting us for the day again, for the excellent course condition and hospitality, and finally to our Club Captain Alyn Dawe for making all the arrangements.

Choir Welcomed Back To Wiltshire Wool Town

 

Seventeen months ago, Caldicot Male Voice Choir coalesced with the Bradford-on-Avon Freemasons in collectively facilitating a fruitful and productive ‘sell out’ concert, at the town’s majestic Holy Trinity Church. Such was the success of that evening, in July 2012; that the choir was invited back to Wiltshire by the Freemasons, for a reprise of the assignment, on Saturday, 23rd November, 2013.

 

The Freemasons’ ornate Lodge in Bradford-on -Avon is over 500 years old and considerable funding is required to meet the ongoing preservation costs. The concert was arranged to reduce these costs and thus facilitate a more fulsome flow of financial aid to the many local charities that the Freemasons support.

 

The venue was, once again, the imposing Holy Trinity Church which sits, reverentially elevated, over the riverbank of the gurgling River Avon. The ecclesiastical magnificence of this vast church, with its high vaulted ceiling, made for a sublime acoustic performance and the large audience was treated to a marriage of mellifluous melody and rousing power.

 

The concert commenced with a vigorous rendition of ‘Entrance and March of the Peers’ from the operetta Iolanthe. Throughout the performance, masterpieces of popular music were intertwined with powerful anthems from the male voice choral genre. The genius of Elton John’s ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ and Freddie Mercury’s ‘Somebody to Love’ were showcased alongside the Welsh classics ‘Myfanwy’ and Laudamus (Pen Calfaria). The choir were accompanied on keyboard by John Nicholson and Stephen Berry; the latter of whom, skillfully manned Holy Trinity’s powerful organ, as the choir sang Elvis Presley’s ‘American Trilogy’ and Emrys Jones’ ‘Morte Criste’ (When I survey the Wondrous Cross).

 

The Choir’s Musical Director, Sian Hatton, guided the audience through the evening. She beguiled the assembly with recitals of Marriott Edgar’s famous monologues, ‘The Lion and Albert’ and ‘Albert’s Return’; seamlessly switching from her ‘dolce’ sweet Sirhowy lilt to broad Lancastrian mill town brogue. The choir’s Musical Director was ably supported throughout by Assistant Musical Director, Shirley Ann James.

 

Caldicot Male Voice Choir always welcome potential new members. Rehearsals are at the Choir Hall, Mill Lane, Caldicot, on Monday and Thursday evenings at 7:15pm.

Choir Serenade For St. David’s Foundation

On Friday, 15th November, as autumn finally surrendered to winter; Caldicot Male Voice Choir performed the first of a brace of official November concerts before the Christmas celebrations close the curtain on 2013.

 

In milky moonlight, blazers buttoned against the evening chill; the choristers alighted a warm bus to navigate a meandering lane to the contemporary village hall of Llanishen. The splendid amenity was the venue for a concert arranged to raise funds for The St. David’s Foundation.

 

The Choir regaled its enthusiastic audience with an eclectic mix of power and mellifluous control from its extensive repertoire. The majesty of Welsh chapel classics, Llef and Laudamus (Pen Calfaria) were intertwined with Georges Bizet’s world famous duet from The Pearlfishers. The tuneful tranquility of Wilfrid Shaw’s Evening’s Pastorale was juxtaposed with Gwyn Arch’s arrangement of African Trilogy. An audience favourite with its haunting Zulu melodies and South African national anthem.

 

A fine solo performance was given by the Choir’s Musical Director, Sian Hatton, who sang two beautiful Michael Head compositions, The Singer and The Little Road to Bethlehem.

Special praise should also be accorded to the evening’s other soloist, chorister Peter Hanks (top tenor) who very bravely sang W.S. Gwynn-Williams’ My Little Welsh Home and the traditional Cornish song Sweet Nightingale, despite suffering from a very heavy head cold. The Choir were accompanied on piano by Stephen Berry and John Nicholson.

 

Caldicot Male Voice Choir warmly welcomes new members and rehearses at Caldicot Choir Hall, Mill Lane, Caldicot on Monday and Thursday nights between 7:15 and 9:15pm.

Numbers on the increase !

All 70 choristers who were at practice last night gave a rousing warm welcome to another two new members, Garry Veale falls into the ranks of the top tenors and Lee Rees joins the 2nd tenors.  Garry is a former school mate of Leon Jones, is a member of Côr Meibion Caldicot Cycle Club and is well known to many of the choir.  Lee has recently moved to the Caldicot area from Ebbw Vale.

 

Other good news is that during November, newcomers Stephen Edwards, Frank Wells and Phil Cody all passed their second vioce tests to become full members of the choir.  Well done to you all and may you have a long and happy association with our Choir.

 

While many choirs are struggling to maintain their mere existence we are extremely proud to say that our membership number is being maintained, and slowly increasing, with these new additions.

We welcome them and hope they enjoy both the musical and social activities Caldicot Male Voice Choir has to offer.

If you’re thinking of joining please come along to practice on a Monday or Thursday night, 7.15pm at the Choir Hall, Mill Lane and you will be made most welcome.

Wedding Marathon for Choir

WEDDING  MARATHON  FOR  CHOIR

 


Press Release

Lisa and Lewis Wedding

Caldicot Male Voice Choir have just enjoyed the honour of singing at three separate weddings during nine summer days.

On 18th June, the Choir was invited to the wedding of Lisa Berry and Lewis Hodge at one of Newport’s ecclesiastical jewels, St. John the Evangelist church in Maindee. Lisa is the daughter of our Accompanist, Steve Berry.

Seven days later, on 25th June, the Choir sang at the ancient St. John the Baptist church in the picturesque Dorset village of Broadwindsor as guests of Camilla Barber and Richard Broome, the son of Gwent show jumping legend David Broome. After the service the Choir sang at a glorious open-air reception party, next to a shimmering swimming pool in the stunning Dorset countryside.

The following day, Sunday, 26th June, the Choir were back on home ground at Caldicot’s magnificent St. Mary’s church for the wedding of Joanna Walters and James Goodwin.

James is the son of our very own Wyn Goodwin, from the bottom Bass section.

Concert at All Saints Church, Faringdon, Oxon

The choir performed a concert in Faringdon on Saturday 4 June,  for the local Rotary Club, and although the number of choristers who travelled was disappointing it was a case of quality not quantity on this occasion.  Shirley Ann was our Musical Director for the night and Stephen Berry accompanied on the piano.

The very appreciative audience were treated to a mixture of welsh hymns, songs from the shows, spirituals and even a couple of numbers made famous by Elvis Presley !!

After the concert the choir and many of the audience retired to a local hostelry for some well deserved refreshments and a little more singing.

Programme:

The Queen

  1. ‘Cole Porter Medley’
  2. ‘As Long as I Have Music’
  3. ‘Rachie’
  4. Can’t Help Falling in Love With You’
  5. ‘Calm Is The Sea’
  6. ‘Marina’
  7. ‘Some Where Out There’
  8. ‘Llanfair’
  9. ‘American Trilogy’
  10. ‘Lleucu Llwyd’
  11. ‘You Raise Me Up’
  12. ‘Fields of Athenry’
  13. Rev. Eli Jenkins – Troyte’s Chant’
  14. ‘She’
  15. ‘O’ Gymru’

Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau

The late Roy Shuck

ROY SHUCK (1939 - 2011)

I received a phone call whilst in the Choir Hall from our President Richard Evans telling me that Roy Shuck had passed away on Thursday 26 May, in complete shock and lack of words it dawned on me the impact this would have on the Choir. Roy gave his life and complete dedication to his role as secretary, nothing too difficult to undertake and always willing to give advice and help, none more so than to myself, he was my right hand man. Our sincere condolences go to Ann and family.

Leon & Denise.
Chairman, Caldicot Male Voice Choir

From ‘The Libretto’ – June 2011

It was a great shock to us all when we heard of Roy’s passing away, more so because he was looking so fit and well. It has left a big hole in the fabric of the choir and he will be a big act to follow. Myself, Leon Jones, Steve Davies, Peter Heslop and Richard Evans went to pay our respects to Ann and her family on the Sunday following Roy’s death. Ann was glad to see us and it was not long before we all sat and talked about Roy and the choir.

We all know how much the choir meant to Roy and the time he dedicated to the choir, Ann said that she always felt the choir came first and she understood this as it was Roy’s passion. Whenever Roy took on a concert or made a decision regarding the choir, he did with the best intention of the choir. His heart and soul was the choir. We will in time realise just how much Roy did for the choir.

Since his death Ann informed us of the calls she has had from people outside the choir but connected with the choir. Holly Holyoake phoned to pass on her sympathy. Holly has sung many times with the choir and had great respect for Roy. Many calls from other choirs have been received and this shows the respect Roy had from other choirs. Roy will be deeply missed and our thoughts and prayers go to Ann and the family.

Mark Stocker
Vice-Chairman

Funeral arrangements:

Wednesday 8th June 2011, St. Mary’s Church, Caldicot

Service at 11:45 hrs, Choir to meet in church 11:15 hrs

Crematorium, Croesyceiliog at  13:00 hrs, then back to Choir Hall after the service.

 

All Saints Church, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Our next concert will be held at All Saints Church, Faringdon, Oxfordshire on Saturday 4th June.

There has been a church on this site since the 12th century, the south door is a marvellous 12th century piece of wrought iron.

The main body of the church is 13th century, the organ was installed in 1969 and has 1390 pipes.

The ring of 8 bells was installed in 1926.

The concert is being held to support the local Rotary Club and will commence at 7.30pm.