Category Archives: 2011

Race Night

The RACE NIGHT is nearly upon us and sadly, Richard tells us that this will be the last one he is able to organise, so let’s give him a big send off by sponsoring horses and turning up on the night.

 

This has always been an extremely well supported, popular event which has been a significant fund raiser for the choir for many years, so come and get your tickets from Richard, Ken Cooper or Bob Doggett.

 

Many thanks to Richard for his huge efforts in organising this event over several years.  It will be a hard act to follow.

 

If anyone wants to take over the reins from Richard, please let Leon know and he will wrap you up in a winner’s blanket, personally.

 

Left click on the poster to enlarge.

New Year Celebrations

On a filthy, wet, December Saturday night, over a hundred choristers, wives, partners and choir supporters made their way to the Choir Hall, dressed in their finery, in eager anticipation of seeing in the New Year 2012.

While munching away on traditional crisps, dips, sausage rolls and other savouries, the evening began with easy listening entertainment by Bristolian father and daughter duet, Musicians in Black (they’ve previously appeared at the hall as Memory Lane) who presented a popular and wide ranging mixture of genres from popular, country and western including Shania Twain’s ‘It Don’t Impress Me Much’  through to Abba, Tom Jones, Cerys Matthews, rock n’ roll, jive, The Beatles and more.  When they played a selection of 60’s and 70’s music it was enough to get the ladies out of their chairs, leave their white wines behind and cavort around imaginary handbangs, just as they did when they were teenagers (well almost).  They were joined by the men as soon as they had downed their pints and ordered replacements.  No change there then!

At the interval, the Raffle was conducted by Leon and photos of some delighted winners are shown in the photo gallery.  Many thanks to those who donated prizes to raise funds to support the choir’s activities.

The celebrating crowds included a baby boy born on Christmas Eve to Nina and Robert, so let’s hope the experience doesn’t stay with him for a lifetime – he hasn’t even been named yet, but I gather he’s Ron Powell’s grandson.  Maybe he’ll join the choir in 18 years time?  There were lots of broody hens clucking around on the night, so maybe a local baby boom in August/September???

BREAKING NEWS 12th January 2012 – I’ve just learned, to his grandad Ron’s delight that he has been named Rhys Thomas!

Our thanks go to those who set up and cleared the hall afterwards, to Siân Hatton, Dave Gould and Wyn Goodwin for volunteering their superb, friendly service in keeping us all well lubricated from behind the bar; to Ann and Margaret for organising and selling raffle tickets on the night; to Musicians in Black for their lively dance entertainment and most of all to Bob Doggett for organising the evening and selling tickets.

The last Year was left behind and the New Year suitably brought in by singing the traditional Auld Lang Syne, wearing our multiple funny hats and trying to bump into each other across the dance floor.  Why do we do it?   Followed by lots of hand-shakes, hugs and kisses, some from people we didn’t even know, everyone finally left the hall at about 1-00 am, in a happier mood to find it had stopped raining!  Welcome in 2012!

 

Left click on any picture and then left click on each image when it appears to scroll through the gallery one at a time

 

 

Lyn   (No apologies for photographic content, it’s all your own doing!  I just press the shutter)

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone.

 

 

Some very recent developments on our web-site are:

 

Forthcoming Events are now shown on the side bar and these will be updated here as they’re entered on our programmes page.

 

A new format for pictures has been introduced so that if you click on a picture in a Gallery it will be enlarged, but to see the next picture all you have to do is click on the enlargement.

 

 

Finally, if you click on the Facebook tab on the side bar you can link your Facebook account and become a friend of Caldicot Male Voice Choir.

 

Many thanks to Tony and Spike for setting up these new features.

Christmas Golf at Dewstow

On a cold but sunny day, nine choristers and two guests walked off their Christmas turkey with nine holes on the Valley course at Dewstow.

Unfortunately, the choir golf organiser Dave Gould had to cry off ill, so it was left for Tommy Hole to run the day.

The day was won by Tommy with 14 points, with Graham ‘Spike’ Hughes second on 13 points beating Tony Griffiths also on 13 points on countback.

Also appearing were; Richie Llewellyn, Jason Dawe, Karl Gregory, John Wyson, Ron Powell, John Nicholson and two guests, Mike Griffiths and Dale Harris.

An excellent day was had by all and I am sure that Dave will be organising more events in the near future.

Ding Dong Merrily on High from The Web-site team

We three good-looking, wise men of the web-site administration team ( Tony, Graham (Spike) and Lyn) would like to close off the year by

 

 Wishing all our visitors 

 

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.

 

The new website was started only last April with simple beginnings and since then we have worked hard to give the choir a regularly updated medium that is not only informative and easy to navigate but is fun and interesting to visit.  We have tried hard to keep up to date with choir activities and events on our NEWS page and endeavoured to give an insight into not only the choir’s illustrious history but give a view of the lighter side of life as a chorister with ad-hoc photographs and descriptive write ups. From comments received, we believe we have achieved some success. 

 

A major advancement has been the addition of music extracts from our range of recorded albums over the past 33 years.  This involved serious, lengthy site programming and conversion and editing of the albums to digital form from vinyl and tape.  Many thanks to John Nicholson, Leon Jones and others for providing much of the material.  A natural progression is to share our music and performances through media such as Youtube and Facebook and we look forward to meeting this exciting challenge.  We believe this will open up our choir to a world wide audience.

 

We would however, like choristers to be a bit more pro-active in giving us feed back on the content and structure of  our site because it’s only by your involvement that we can continue to produce a site worthy of our choir.  It is YOUR web-site so please let us know what you would like to see and how it should be presented.  We would however, like to thank all members of the choir, the Committee and the Music Team for their support in enabling us to advance the web-site from its humble beginnings last April.

 

Once again, we wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to singing with you again on January 5th.

 

Tony, Spike and Lyn

Carolling Choristers

Last Thursday after practice, about 50 of us made the short annual journey in the rain to give the patrons of  The Old Barn in Llanmartin a feast of Christmas carols to go along with their strawberry cheesecakes and murder by chocolate puddings.

Unaccompanied and generally unconducted, we gave festive renderings of The First Nowell, Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and many more to a packed house of Yuletide revellers who lustily joined in, more or less tunefully while munching their way through the Black Forest gateaux.  The raffle, with a record number of prizes was conducted by John Jones to raise funds for the choir and the evening was rounded off with excellent traditional fayre and throat lubrication for weary singers (fabulous hot potato wedges).

 

On Monday we left practice to visit the residents of Brookside Care Home and again gave the small audience a round of Christmas carols accompanied by John and conducted by Siân and Shirley Ann.  More refined than the content at the Barn, the repertoire included Casatchok, Nowell to the Merrie City, Joy to the World and the Carol Singers.  We stayed a short while to enjoy mulled wine, sausage rolls and mince pies before travelling the short distance down Sandy Lane to the Haywain.  Many thanks to young Tegan for taking the photos.

 

We jammed ourselves into a packed pub and in a hot and steamy atmosphere we gave the patrons a rousing rendering of not only Christmas carols but many other items from our programme including Aus der Traube, Calon Lân and our version of John Denver’s I Fill up my Senses, many conducted by Dave Gould while Siân and Shirley Ann watched and listened from a safe distanceSuitably sustained by excellent pint sized measures of  liquid refreshment, sandwiches, sausage rolls and mince pies again, the choir continued to entertain the Haywain’s enthusiastic patronage right up to closing time.

 

Our Christmas visits to The Barn, Brookside and the Haywain are annual events much enjoyed by choristers and audiences alike and not only do the pub raffles raise some funds for the choir but our singing often leads to new members and supporters.

 

Haywain photos by Lyn

Islwyn Says Thank You

Islwyn said thank you very much to all the choristers and music team who signed his specially created 90th Birthday card when it was presented to him at his family’s home by baritone, Vince Lewis on the 18th December.

 

Although Islwyn did not give us any clues to his longevity we are sure that it is due in part to his inspirational spirit, busy life and loving family.  Save us a bit of cake!

 

 

We wish you all the very best for the future and many thanks for all that you’ve done for Caldicot Male Voice Choir.

 

Photo provided by Vince

Happy 90th Birthday, Islwyn

Islwyn Watkins, a once long standing and devoted Secretary of the choir, who played a major part in the acquisition of our own choir hall and remains a loyal and enthusiastic Vice-President is returning to his Swansea roots on the week-end to celebrate his 90th birthday on the 18th December.

 

We were delighted to see Islwyn at our recent Gala Concert and the choir would like to express its Congratulations and all Good Wishes for a Very Happy Birthday

 

Llongyfarchiadau ac Penblwydd hapus iawn i chi.

 

Islwyn at the Gala Concert Afterglow

Claudia Reed

It was with great sorrow that the choir learned tonight of the passing away of Claudia, wife of Malcolm Reed.  Our heartfelt sorrow and sympathies go out to Malcolm and his family.  Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

 

The funeral will take place on Friday 16th December, 1-45 pm at the Methodist Church, Caldicot.  The choir is honoured to have been asked to sing at the funeral service. Please meet at 1-15pm

Choir and Children’s Christmas Carolling

 

It is always a delight and pleasure for the Choir to hold a concert with a local school each year and this year was no exception.

 

 

 

Over forty girls and boys of Archbishop Rowan Williams’ Church in Wales Primary School in Portskewett entertained a thrilled audience of over 150 with their enchanting harmonies, wonderful interpretation and excellent diction of well known and some less well known Yuletide songs and carols.  The first part of their programme opened with a lovely song beginning ‘I am the Flowers’  followed by the second ‘I See You Walking Alone’ Their sublime rendition of Y Cwcw (The Cuckoo) in Welsh was a joy.  The school’s first part was completed by a quartet of trumpeters playing ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ . The children were immaculately presented in black and grey, each adorned fetchingly in festive Santa hats and Reindeer antlers.

 

The choristers, as tradition demands were dressed in their festive Christmas attire with several silly hats, scarves, pullovers and ties on display.  The repertoire opened with Vivaldi’s Gloria and included the rousing Casatchok, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen,  and unforgettably O Holy Night in which Siân, superbly as usual, took the soprano lead while Shirley Ann conducted.  The Carol Singers was sung with much gusto and throat clearing humour, Silent Night and Shepherds Watch and Wise Men Wonder, enchantingly sung to the familiar tune of  ‘Scarlet Ribbons’ and the medieval Nowell to the Merrie Citie completed the choir’s contribution to a wonderful evening of Christmas cheer.

 

A highlight of the evening was the finale piece when, after the children had sung a medley of well known Christmas songs including Joy to the World, Tell me a Story Shining star, Jingle Bell Rock, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudoph the Red Nose Reindeer and Jingle Bells, they were joined by the choristers to sing the verses of  ‘Silver Bells’ while the choir sang the chorus.  The mix of the light childrens’ voices and the stronger voices of the choir led to an enthralling blend which received and deserved a prolonged ovation from the appreciative audience.

 

 

Photos by Coll and Leon

 

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