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Royal Albert Hall May 19th 2-18
CHORISTERS: JULY 2018
|ANTHONY HOWELLS||LARRY LYNCH||DAVE KIRTON||BILL NASH|
|GRANVILLE SHERBORN||ROGER FRANCIS||MERVYN ROBERTS||JOHN EVANS|
|BOB DOGGETT||ALYN DAWE||VINCE LEWIS||GORDON SHOTTON|
|MIKE WILLIAMS||ROGER MATTHEWS||ALAN PEARCE||WYN GOODWIN|
|PETER HANKS||GRAHAM HUGHES||TOMMY HOLE||TONY SHEPHERD|
|STEPHEN DAVIES||MICHAEL THURMAN||PETER HESLOP||GARETH THOMAS|
|JEFF WILLIAMS||GARRY KEEBLE||LEON JONES||JOHN MacARTHUR|
|KEN COOPER||STEFAN EDWARDS||ROBERT BROWN||MARK STOCKER|
|BRIAN PRESS||RUSSELL WOODWARD||DAVID GOULD||KARL GREGORY|
|DAVID PRICE||GARY SMITH||DAVID CURRIE||GRAHAME MORTON|
|PETER WILLIAMS||ROB BALDWIN||GEOFF DURHAM||RON POWELL|
|STEPHEN EDWARDS||ALAN LOY||JOHN JENKINS||PAUL THOMAS|
|JOHN ANTELL||ANDY FRIEDMAN||LYN GAUNTLETT||PAUL CARLSON|
|ROBERT STALLARD||MAURICE PENNY||TONY GRIFFITHS||CHRIS NOLAN|
|NICK ANTELL||RON ASHTON||DAVID HENNESEY||STUART PARRY|
|NIGEL ANTELL||RICHARD COLES||CRAIG HOWELLS||PETER FAGAN|
|JOHN SEARLE||JAMIE STEPHENS*||ANDREW McDONNELL||OLIVER EDWARDS|
|KEVIN BAJJADA||HARRY GIBLIN||COLIN HART|
|PAUL PRIEST||LIAM EVANS||SAM ATKINS|
|DARREN LLOYD||JOHN BARROW*|
|* Choristers yet to pass the 2nd Voice test|
|SIÂN HATTON B.Sc. (Hons) L.T.C.L A.L.C.M||Musical Director|
|SHIRLEY ANNE JAMES||Asst. Musical Director|
|STEPHEN BERRY B.Ed. (Hons) A.T.C.L.||Accompanist||* Choristers yet to take their second voice test|
Sadly, Bass chorister John M Jones and Baritone Bill Thomas passed away during 2012 and 2nd Tenor Giovanni (John) Mattia, top tenor Jack Virgo and Bass chorister Owen Howells passed away in 2013.
Long serving Honorary vice president and second tenor Ken Gibbs sadly passed away on July 23rd 2015
Second tenor Doug Taylor died suddenly after a short illness on January 8th 2017 and retired chorister Allen Worwood passed away on January 30th 2017
Sadly, long serving baritone for nearly thirty years, Theo Roberts passed away on 24th April 2017
We are thrilled to have welcomed twelve new choristers during 2013:- Top tenors David Price, Stephen Edwards, Peter Williams, Frank Wells, John Antell and Garry Veale; 2nd tenors Stefan Edwards, Russell Woodward and Lee Rees; Baritones Craig Howells and Phil Cody and Bass Paul Carlson.
In 2014 we are pleased to have welcomed another twelve new members; 2nd tenor Gary Smith, baritone Scott Davies, top tenor Robert Stallard, 2nd tenors George Boswell, Andrew Cox and David Woolnough, 2nd basses, David John, Chris Nolan, baritone Andy McDowell and top tenors, brothers Nick and Nigel Antell who join their brother John and Dylan Balgobin. Regrettably, due to many other commitments, David John, Jason Dawe, and Garry Veale have decided not to continue with the choir.
Recruitment in 2015 started in April with the introduction of 2nd tenor Robert Baldwin. In May we were joined by baritones Harry Giblin, Sam Atkins and Liam Evans and top tenor John Searle. Let’s hope for many more to come. Regrettably bass chorister Kevin Jones has left the choir for personal reasons and tenor Frank Wells has left to pursue pastoral work in Egypt. Aldwyn Caswell, Phil Cody and David Woolnough have retired on medical grounds. Dylan Balgobin has left the choir due to other commitments. Aldwyn was presented with the Choir’s Lifetime Achievement Award and endowed as an Honorary Vice president at the Annual Concert in 2015.
Following the Annual concert in April 2016 the choir has recruited four new members in 2nd tenors Alan Loy, Richard Loy and Darren Lloyd and Bass Stuart Parry. Regrettably, we are saddened that Doug King has retired from the choir on health grounds. Doug was presented with the Choir’s Lifetime Achievement Award and endowed as an Honorary Vice president at the Annual Concert in 2016. Also in 2016 former Bass chorister Richie Llewellyn announced that he and his fiance, Sonia will shortly be moving to the Isle of Man. We wish them both well in their new life together. Our latest recruits are baritone Chris Richards who joined us in July 2016. He has since been joined by even more in baritone Mark Antell, brother of tenors John, Nick and Nigel, 2nd tenor Andy Friedman, top tenor Bob Hillier and basses Peter Fagan and Oliver Edwards joining in September and October. Richard Loy has informed us that due to work commitments and distance he is unable to continue with the choir but new recruit Oliver Edwards brought along his friend Nathan Smith who joined us as a top tenor. This incredible recruitment of ELEVEN new members since April maintains our numbers, despite retirements and moves away up to an amazing NINETY. The Choir is also delighted that after an absence of over three years, top tenor Kevin Bajjada has returned to the choir. Nathan Smith and Bob Hillier have decided that they are unable to commit to the choir.
Recently new second tenor Maurice Penny, who joined us in January passed his second voice test and becomes a new member in March 2017. Top tenor Paul Priest who joined in March 2017 and bottom bass Colin Hart who joined us in April 2017 both passed their second voice test in June.
Sadly, we have been informed that bass chorister for well over 30 years, David Scott has decided to retire from the choir at the end of 2016. He will be greatly missed and we all wish him well for the future. David was honoured with the award of a Lifetime Achievement Award and Honorary Vice Presidency at the Annual Concert in 2016. We are also saddened to learn of the sudden death of 2nd tenor Doug Taylor who died after suffering a long illness on January 8th 2017. Doug had also served several years in the choir many of which were spent running the 200 club and acting as welfare officer for the choir.
We were devastated to learn of the death of long standing baritone chorister Theo Roberts on 24th April 2017. Theo was a stalwart of the choir for over 30 years, always a willing helper at all our events.
Due to ill health and other personal circumstances it was announced on April 27th 2017 that second tenors George Boswell and Lee Rees have retired from the choir. Choir numbers in September 2017 are now 82 choristers eligible to sing at concerts. Also we are sad to announce that due to ill health, long serving baritone of 19 years service and former PRO, John Ashcroft has decided to retire from the Choir. Both baritone of over 12 years Allan Saye and bass chorister of well over 25 years, Terry Plummer have also decided to retire on health grounds.
On Tuesday 12th September the choir received the sad news that long serving tenor for nearly forty years, Malcolm Reed passed away after suffering a long battle with cancer. Despite his illness, Malcolm maintained his attendance at rehearsals and concerts until his recent admission to hospital.
On Monday 5th October 2017 the choir were told that after a prolonged illness bass chorister Roy Jones passed away. Roy had recently been presented with a lifetime achievement award after 40 years of outstanding commitment to the choir. Retired chorister and ex chairman Aldwyn Caswell also passed away on September.28th 2017.
2018 started with the news that due to ill health 2nd tenor Ron Palmer retired from the Choir. Ron was a chorister for about 15 years, many of those as Treasurer and he took great pleasure and pride in collecting all sorts of memorabilia to archive for the Choir’s history.
On 10th January we tragically received the news that Bass John Wyson suddenly died at his home. John’s funeral on 2nd February 2018 at Caldicot Catholic Church was attended by over 50 choristers who also sang Gwahoddiad and Llef at Langstone Crematorium.
On April 9th we were saddened to learn of the dseath at the Royal Gwent Hospital of long serving chorister of over 53 years, Colin Jones.
However since the start of the new year we have recruited three second tenors in the form of Ron Lane who recently moved from Bristol to Caldicot, Richard Coles who is the son in law of late chorister John Mattia and his friend Jamie Stephens also from Caldicot.
At the Sports Fayre held at the hall in June at the Choir Hall, a representative of the U3A , John Barrow showed and interest in the choir and came along to practice. We were delighted that he took a voice test and has now joined the 2nd basses