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Visit from America

As always the choir opens it’s arms to visitors and it was with great pleasure that we welcomed a guest all the way from Los Angeles, USA to practice tonight (October 3rd 2013).

 

Stephen Jones who is staying in Caerwent visiting has mother, was brought along to practice by our most fervent supporter, Allen Griffiths. Stephen emigrated to America some 33 years ago after visiting Los Angeles with the Magor Rugby team on tour. He along with his cousins Paul and Clive Thomas have settled and raised their families there.

 

Through the medium of Facebook, Stephen has followed the choir’s progress, he even said he likes cycling – perhaps the cycle club has its first overseas member!

 

Nice to see you Stephen and we are glad you enjoyed your visit.

 

Cornish Celebration

As part of the choir’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, a tour of Cornwall was undertaken, based in St. Ives and with concerts in Penzance and the Cornish capital, Truro.

A selection of snaps taken during the week.

The first concert was at the Methodist Church in Penzance, being hosted by the Mousehole Male Voice Choir who gave a great performance. The finale saw Mousehole MVC and Caldicot MVC join together for Speed Your Journey and Morte Christie.

There was number of day trips arranged; a shopping day to Truro, the excellent trip to the Isles of Scilly and the Eden Project. Various members of the group also indulged in other activities including a couple of golf days at Tregenna Castle, an excellent par 3 course, many people sampling the local delicacies of pasties and fish and trips. There were a number of private trips to places like Falmouth and Mousehole. One particular privilege was to watch Mousehole MVC sing on the quay of their own village entertaining hundreds of tourists and locals.

Truro Methodist Church hosted the final concert with Caldicot MVC sharing the stage with the Mabe Ladies Choir. A very good audience witnessed Welsh singing at its best with the choir finishing the show to a rapturous applause with Somebody To Love.

Photos by Tony Griffiths.

Wet day at Forest Hills

The latest trip for the ‘Birdie Boys’ saw them gracing the fairways of the Forest Hills Golf Course in Coleford, Forest of Dean.

Results:

Individual

  1. Keith Swain
  2. Jason Dawe

Team – Keith, Jason and Dave Scott

Nearest the Pin – Alyn Dawe

Fundraising Cycle Ride

On Sunday, August 19th 2012, a number of choir members, friends and supporters intend to raise funds for the choir’s 50th Anniversary in 2013 by riding the 55 mile Taff Trail from Brecon to Cardiff.

 

 

 

 

 

Timings

  • 8:00am – meet at Choir Hall
  • 8:15am – mini-buses to Brecon
  • 9:45am – arrive Brecon
  • 10:00am – start ride
  • 12:00pm – rest / food break
  • 2:00pm – rest / food break
  • 4:00pm – arrive Cardiff Bay
  • 5:00pm – bus back to Caldicot
  • 5:45pm – riders to congregate at Jubilee Way car park
  • 6:00pm – arrive at Choir Hall
  • 6:30pm – BBQ and entertainment at the Choir Hall

 

Currently we have 29 people who are interested in this challenge, but do feel free to get involved even if you don’t intend to ride. We need support staff to arrange and co-ordinate the logistics of the event.

 

The following choristers have confirmed their intention to ride:

  • Leon Jones
  • Graham Hughes
  • Tony Griffiths
  • Robert Brown
  • Alyn Dawe
  • Karl Gregory
  • Anthony Howells
  • Ron Powell
  • Stephen Davies
  • Grahame Morton
  • Ron Griffiths

 

The above choristers have all pledged to raise sponsorship for the choir funds.

 

  • There will also be a further 18 friends of the choir who will be partaking in the ride and collecting sponsorship for the 50th Anniversary in 2013.
  • A number of choristers and supporters have also pledged their support for the ride and will be supporting the riders on the journey as medics, mechanics, food and drink providers etc. Other choristers and supporters will be driving mini-buses, vans for the bikes and providing the BBQ and entertainment.
  • Practice runs have been organised and some riders have taken advantage of these which will be going on until the week before the actual ride. These are detailed below:

 

Practice Runs (Meet at Choir Hall)
  • Sunday, 3rd June (5pm) – Caldicot-Llanvair Discoed-Magor-Caldicot (20 miles)
  • Sunday, 10th June (5pm) – Caldicot-Sudbrook-Shirenewton-Caldicot (15 miles)
  • Sunday, 17th June (5pm) – Caldicot-Wentwood-Carrow Hill-Caldicot (18 miles)
  • Sunday, 24th June (10:30am) – Caldicot-Redwick-Llanwern-Pencoed-Caldicot (25 miles)
  • Saturday, 30th June (10:30am) – Forest of Dean Cycleway (24 miles)
  • Sunday, 8th July (9:30am) – Strawberry Line (Yatton-Cheddar-Yatton) (30 miles)
  • Sunday, 15th July (10:30am) – Caldicot-New Passage (Avonmouth)-Caldicot (30 miles)
  • Sunday, 22nd July (8:30am) – Brecon-Pontsticill Reservoir-Brecon (Taff Trail) (30 miles)
  • Sunday, 29th July (10:30am) – Caldicot-Sudbrook-Mounton-Chepstow-Shirenewton-Llanvair Discoed-Caldicot (27 miles)
  • Sunday, 5th August (9:30am) – Pontypool-Blaenavon-Pontypool
  • Sunday, 12th August (9:30am) – Llanfoist-Brynmawr-Llanfoist

 

Please keep an eye on this post as more details will be included as we get closer to the day.

 

Details of the route can be found on the Sustrans website: Taff Trail Route

Also on Facebook: Cycle Ride

 

ANY DONATIONS FOR SPONSORSHIP CAN BE PLEDGED IN PERSON / VIA EMAIL / THIS WEBSITE / OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. 

 

CHOIR BIKE RIDE T-SHIRT

Bike Ride T-Shirt design

 

 

For cyclists and supporters – please let us know if you would like a commemorative T-shirt as soon as possible so we can judge on numbers and sizes for ordering – the price for each will be £7-50.

The T-shirt is of excellent cotton quality and will have the choir logo on the front left breast and the bike ride design on the back of the shirt.

 

Spring Golf at Wernddu

 

Birdie Boys at Wernddu

On a beautiful Spring day at Wernddu Golf Club, eighteen of the choir’s finest scaled the steep fairways of this upland course, in the shadow of the towering Skirrid mountain.

 

Thanks to our trusty bus driver Dai ‘Reg Varney’ Kirton, we were delivered to the course in good time, in fact time for a pint before battle commenced.

 

Our Society Manager, Dai ‘The Guv’nor’ Gould had arranged (he said drew) the golf teams, and six three-balls ventured out on the course.

 

After 18 gruelling holes, it was a return to the patio for a sit down and a refreshing pint before dinner was served, (ok, bacon baps and chips, and more beer).

 

The after-match presentation by Dai saw him hand-out useful golf trinkets like balls, tees, gloves etc. to the winners on the day.

 

The best team was made-up of Tommy Hole, John Wyson and Karl Gregory while the individual winner was Tony Griffiths with 35 points, just two ahead of Keith Swain and Ron Powell on 33 points. Ron also won the nearest the pin on the 14th hole despite having to take a pit-stop on the course. The scratchcard sweep for £15 was won by Richie Llewellyn.

 

Many thanks to Dai Gould for organising another great day, and any other choristers who would like to attend, we have equipment you can borrow.

 

Photo on Leon’s phone taken by some random chap who was shouted at by Leon without a please or thank you!

 

 

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.

CHOIR TUNE UP IN TORQUAY


Press Release

Left click on photos to enlarge and then left click on the image to  enlarge furtherUse the back arrow at the top left of the screen to go back.

 

On an unseasonably mild November night, that would have graced mid summer, Caldicot Male Voice Choir were in the quasi-Mediterranean wonderland of the ‘English Riviera’.  The contemporary ecclesiastical splendour of the Methodist/United Reformed, Central Church, in Torquay, was the capacious venue of a very well attended musical evening.  The audience was informed that the choir was the largest ever hosted in the 35 year history of this majestic church.

 

The vertiginous walls, bejewelled with vivid stained glass, supported an unfathomably high ceiling that facilitated for sublime acoustic performance.  The choir performed a varied programme that showcased a large selection of music from their latest recording, an album entitled “One Moment In Time“, the details of which are to be found under the recordings bar.  The superb acoustics of the church, the dynamically accurate leadership of our Music Director, Siân Hatton and the synchronised dual accompaniment of John Nicholson on the organ and Stephen Berry on the piano made our rendition of ‘Nidaros‘  one to remember and be proud of.

 

The guest soloists were soprano, Angela Hancocks and Mr. Clive Bastin, who performed an Organ recital from Mendelssohn’s second symphony, the “Hymn of Praise“.  The choir brought the evening to a close with a powerful rendition of “Morte Criste“,  again with both piano and organ accompaniment, which drew a prolonged standing ovation from the appreciative Torquay audience.  Breaking news is that we have indeed been invited back next year for a repeat performance.

 

At the conclusion of the concert, the choir and much of the audience reconvened at the Torquay RAFA Club, where welcome refreshments were taken and songs sung, until well into the night.  The choir was delighted to comply with a request from one local lady to sing ‘Flower of Scotland’  ably supported by our very own Davy Scott, who knew all the words.

 

Those of us who travelled back by bus had a splendid view of the fog along the M5.

 

Jeff Williams

Photos by Carolyn Griffiths, Fran Francis, Nina Isley and Lyn Gauntlett

 

 

Armistice Charity Concert

An Evening of Music and Song for Charity

 

 

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the Choir’s control, we have just learned that this event has been CANCELLED.

 

From the ‘Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Review‘ – 21st October 2011

 

This year’s Caldicot Mayoral Remembrance Concert will be held on November 11 in aid of the Velindre Cancer Care and Caldicot Royal British Legion.

 

Mayor, Maria Stevens, says her chosen charity this year is Velindre Cancer Care Hospital which provides cancer care and support across South Wales including Monmouth, Chepstow and Caldicot.

 

With the date of the concert falling on Armistice Day, she says it was timely to combine support for Velindre with the Legion.

 

Performing at the concert will be Caldicot Male Voice Choir and the Severn Tunnel Band. It starts at 7:30pm in Caldicot Leisure Centre and tickets are available from Caldicot Post Office, Raffles Dry Cleaners , Town Council offices and through Peter Wilson of Caldicot Royal British Legion – 01633 882772.

 

Armistice Day concert is in aid of two causes

From the ‘Free Press‘ – 19th October 2011

 

Caldicot town mayor Cllr Maria Stevens will host the Mayor’s Charity Concert on November 11, in aid of her chosen charities, Velindre Cancer Care and Caldicot’s Royal British Legion.

 

The event will be held at Caldicot Leisure Centre, starting at 7:30pm, and entertainment for the evening will include Caldicot Male Voice Choir and the Severn Tunnel Band.

 

Speaking on why she chose Velindre Cancer Care during her mayoral year, Cllr Stevens said: “The hospital is a lifesaving link between patients and families who are going through a very difficult time. I have had members of my family, along with many friends, who have been under the care of the hospital.

 

“When I visit the hospital, I am so impressed by the commitment, positivity and compassion by everyone. I was told on my last visit that five speciality nurses, one for each cancer department had recently been made redundant and were re-employed by the Velindre Charity. I was appalled by this, so made my fundraising even more important part of my year.”

 

Cllr Stevens also chose to support the Caldicot RBL, as the charity concert is being held on Armistice Day. Caldicot RBL will therefore be presenting its standard before the concert begins.

 

Peter Wilson, of the Caldicot RBL, said: “The Royal British Legion is in its 90th year of providing care and support to members of the British Armed Forces, past and present, and their families.”

 

“With all the recent conflicts we need all the support we can get. We thank the mayor and the people of Caldicot for staging this concert and their support of our very worthy cause.”

 

Tickets cost £7 (£5 concessions), from Caldicot Post Office, Raffles Dry Cleaners, and the Caldicot Town Council office.