GALA CONCERT 2013
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CHORISTERS: SEPTEMBER 2017
|ANTHONY HOWELLS||LARRY LYNCH||DAVE KIRTON||BILL NASH|
|GRANVILLE SHERBORN||ROGER FRANCIS||MERVYN ROBERTS||JOHN EVANS|
|MALCOLM REED||ALYN DAWE||VINCE LEWIS||ROY JONES|
|BOB DOGGETT||IVOR RICKARDS||ALAN PEARCE||GORDON SHOTTON|
|MIKE WILLIAMS||RON PALMER||TOMMY HOLE||WYN GOODWIN|
|PETER HANKS||ROGER MATTHEWS||PETER HESLOP||JOHN WYSON|
|STEPHEN DAVIES||GRAHAM HUGHES||LEON JONES||TONY SHEPHERD|
|KEN COOPER||MICHAEL THURMAN||ROBERT BROWN||GARETH THOMAS|
|BRIAN PRESS||GARRY KEEBLE||DAVID GOULD||JOHN MacARTHUR|
|JEFF WILLIAMS||STEFAN EDWARDS||JOHN ASHCROFT||MARK STOCKER|
|SPENCER DOWSE||RUSSELL WOODWARD||DAVID CURRIE||KARL GREGORY|
|DAVID PRICE||GARY SMITH||GEOFF DURHAM||GRAHAME MORTON|
|PETER WILLIAMS||ROB BALDWIN||JOHN JENKINS||RON POWELL|
|STEPHEN EDWARDS||ALAN LOY||LYN GAUNTLETT||PAUL THOMAS|
|JOHN ANTELL||ANDY FRIEDMAN||TONY GRIFFITHS||RON GRIFFITHS|
|ROBERT STALLARD||MAURICE PENNY||DAVID HENNESEY||PAUL CARLSON|
|NICK ANTELL||KEN NURDEN*||CRAIG HOWELLS||CHRIS NOLAN|
|NIGEL ANTELL||RON ATKINS*||ANDREW McDONNELL||STUART PARRY|
|JOHN SEARLE||ROB LANE*||HARRY GIBLIN||PETER FAGAN|
|KEVIN BAJJADA||SAM ATKINS||OLIVER EDWARDS|
|PAUL PRIEST||LIAM EVANS||COLIN HART|
|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 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.
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 over 20 years service and former PRO, John Ashcroft has decided to retire from the Choir. We are also saddened to hear that Bass chorister of well over 25 years, Terry Plummer has also decided to retire on health grounds. Bothe john
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 maintianed his attendance at rehearsals and concerts until his recent admission to hospital.