Monthly Archives: August 2021

Sad Passing of ex Chorister John Callow

The Choir was saddened last week 25th August 2021 to learn of the passing of retired chorister John Callow. John had been a long standing second tenor for over 25 years and was much liked and respected as a true gentleman. He was always among the first to welcome new choristers and help them to blend in with the choir with useful and relevant advice.

Notably for over  17 years, chorister John Callow had been diligently marking off on his little clipboard the attendance of every chorister at almost every practice and concert until he relinquished the role to Dai Gould in 2013 He has walked around the hall, sometimes despairingly but always hopeful, prior to every concert to determine which and how many choristers will be attending and whether or not they need the bus.  He always, twice a year painstakingly produced a statistical summary of attendances showing the record of every chorister. 

After over 1600 times, his town crier voice of ’55 here tonight!’ in every practice has been sorely missed (not always 55, sometimes more, sometimes less) because after all that time, John decided to put down the pen and clipboard for a well deserved rest. This unsung, but vital job carried out by John has ensured that choristers were aware of the need to attend practice and come to as many concerts as possible, large or small. 

In recognition of his contribution to the Choir, John was also the first recipient of the newly introduced ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ and was conferred as an Honorary Vice President in 2013. He retired form the Choir in 2016. Well done,  John  for your valued contribution and membership of the Choir for so many years.

Condolences and sympathy go out from the Choir to his family and friends at this sad time. The Choir sang Gwahoddiad at practice on 26th August in remembrance of a much loved chorister.

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Georgie Davies visits the new extension

John Nicholson, Ken Cooper, Leon Jones and Georgie Davies

During the pandemic lockdown, Caldicot Male Voice Choir remained busy by building a much needed extension to its Choir Hall in Mill Lane, Caldicot.
Now it’s completed, it was pleased to welcome back Georgie Davies of Griffiths Civil Construction who generously provided the materials and labour to complete the groundworks, foundations and sub floor. This was a huge contribution without which the project couldn’t have started.


This extension now enables the hall to store it’s tables, including the circular tables to be used at weddings and its 200 chairs thus clearing the hall completely for other functions such as the Choir’s support for Blood donor sessions. The photographs show Georgie with Choir Chairman John Nicholson, Secretary Ken Cooper and Vice Chairman Leon Jones, the Choir’s project manager during the build.

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Back Singing Together Again

Back Singing Together!  Caldicot Male Voice Choir was delighted and thrilled to be able, with appropriate Covid-19 precautions in place to resume practices together after a 16 month absence.

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Over 50 choristers assembled to sing pieces such as Rock a my Soul, Benedictus, Anfonaf Angel, Sixteen Tons, Calon Lan, Anfonaf Angel and Cwm Rhondda for the first time together for 16 months, led by the music team of Sian Hatton, Shirley Anne James, Stephen Berry and John Nicholson.  The Choir also welcomed two new members Andrew Yearsley (Bass) and Bob Benjamin (Top tenor). Welcome both.

In a party but controlled atmosphere the Choir was presented with a celebratory cake baked by Colleen Gauntlett which was eagerly devoured by the choristers during a break in rehearsal.  It was obvious from the choristers’ faces and smiles that it was a great thrill to be back singing together again.

The photograph shows left to right:

Karl Gregory, Gareth Thomas, Leon Jones, Ken Cooper, Colleen Gauntlett, Sian Hatton, Stephen Berry, John Nicholson and Shirley-Anne James.

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