Category Archives: 2017

Choir Presents Cheque to MNDA Charity

Photograph by Lyn Gauntlett  

 

Caldicot Male Voice Choir has a proud tradition of raising funds for deserving causes. In addition to its concert fund raising the Choir’s associated cycle and golf clubs held a series of events, including an Endurance ride around Redwick, a 65 mile cycle ride from Hay on Wye to Caldicot, a Golf tournament at the St Pierre Resort and a Table top sale to raise a staggering £5245 for the South East Wales Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The cheque was presented to Tannwen Saunders, local representative of the Association by choir members on 28th March during a break in rehearsals at the Choir Hall including Anthony Griffiths, Chris Nolan, Grahame Morton, chairman Mark Stocker and president Michael Shere-Massey.

Tannwen is quoted as saying the association is extremely grateful to all the choristers for all their tremendous efforts and the money will be used to support the needs of local people in South-east Wales suffering from this dreadful disease.

This year the Choir is supporting The Severn View Open Doors project in Chepstow, in association with Dementia UK, to provide funds to help provide a garden to be used by sufferers of dementia.

Choir brings Welsh stars to Caldicot

Did you know that Caldicot Male Voice Choir has pleasure in bringing three of Wales’ greatest singing stars to the Caldicot Leisure Centre on Saturday 8th April, namely tenors Rhys Meirion and Aled Wyn Davies together with West end stage star, soprano Shan Cothi? Each has performed on the stage at world famous venues in Europe, North America, Australia and many more countries and here they are in Caldicot to appear alongside Caldicot Male Voice Choir. The three performing on stage together will give a mix of music and humour to delight everyone whatever their taste in music. The Choir will give a blend of songs from the stage and screen as well as traditional Welsh songs and hymns.

All three have appeared alongside the Choir in the past; last year Rhys Meirion and Aled Wyn Davies appeared as two of the fabulous three Welsh tenors and Shan Cothi thrilled us all with her superlative performance at the 50th Anniversary Concert in 2013. The Choir is delighted and proud that they have accepted the invitation to come to Caldicot again.

Hosted by BBC Wales Today presenter Rebecca John, the evening is sure to be a great event and must not be missed.

Caldicot has arguably one of the best male voice choirs in Wales with over 80 choristers so you are invited to come and see for yourselves. Doors open at 6-30pm. Tickets are only £10 from Alan Pearce 01291 422005, at the Leisure Centre in Mill Lane or from any chorister.

All monies raised are to support Caldicot Male Voice Choir to enable its continuing charity and choral work.

RBS Six Nations TV Showings were fabulous

A TREMENDOUS EFFORT BY ALL TO MAKE THESE EVENTS A GREAT SUCCESS

The lights are out, the flags are down, the TV and projector are turned off and the screen wound up, but what a great series of events at the Choir Hall with the showing of the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship over the past two months. I am not going to dwell on the results which were disappointing for some and exalting for others but they have been wonderful weekends.
 
This was not only financially rewarding to help the Choir with its charity and concert work but also showed the people of Caldicot that we have a wonderful Male Voice Choir and a Choir Hall of which it can be rightly proud.
These events would not have been possible if not for the hard work put in by Leon Jones who had the original idea and who worked non stop to ensure a great success. Also it would not have been possible either if it wasn’t, firstly the bar staff including not least David Kirton, Wyn Goodwin, Graham Hughes, Roger Francis, Jeff Williams and more who turned up at every match to ensure everyone was well watered and fed. Forgive me if I’ve forgotten anyone.
 
Thanks must go to all those who donated the bread rolls, to Ken Cooper for donating the much appreciated hot dogs to keep hunger at bay during the long afternoons and evenings.
 
Also tremendous work was put in by the Hall team to ensure the hall was set up with tables and chairs in place ready for each match. Included were Garry Keeble, Mike Thurman, Jeff Williams, Leon Jones, Peter Hanks, Grahame Morton, Gareth Thomas, Theo Roberts, George Boswell and many more. Please let me know who these are. The same team were also responsible for ensuring the hall was set up for other events, parties and choir practice. A fabulous job by everyone.
 
Many thanks to Lyn Gauntlett for designing the posters and putting them on Facebook every week as well as video clips and photos.
 
The whole project shows how much can be achieved by a willing team of volunteers who have the best interests of the choir at heart.
 
We would also like to thank all of you who came along to watch the games. We hope you had a great time and that you will lend your support to the Choir in future events.
 
This will be repeated next year and we hope to be able to show many of the World Cup matches as well. Keep looking out for us on our web site and on Facebook.

New Members Pass Voice tests

 

The Choir continues to recruit new members on a nearly monthly basis and this week we were pleased that tenor Maurice Penny, who joined us about six weeks ago went into the back room with Siân and after singing about 16 bars of ‘A Miner’s Song’ satisfied her that he was competent and confident enough to join us on stage as a fully fledged member.   Normally, new choristers take their second voice tests after three months practice but can do so earlier if they feel confident or have had previous experience.  Maurice’s first concert will be the Annual concert on April 8th.  No pressure then.  However, as an experienced chorister, previously with a mixed choir in Goodrich he knows that several years of practice is still needed to become fully proficient.

After a few weeks of coming over the Choir hall to watch the Six Nations matches, Paul Priest finally, after two years of thinking about it, walked into the Choir Hall to listen to us practice.  After a little persuasion and support he, like many before him also went into the back room with Siân and warbled a few notes up and down the scales. He emerged a few minutes later to the announcement that his voice range is that of a Top tenor.He was also surprised to find that he knew many of the Choir members

By coincidence both Maurice and Paul live near each other in Treetops, Portskewett

If you’re reading this and thinking about joining the choir, don’t be scared or nervous, you will be made very welcome and will not be pressured.  It really is quite simple.

Choirs raise funds for Charity Appeal at Caldicot Choir Hall

Photographs taken by Colleen Gauntlett.  Please left click on the images to enlarge.

 

For the past four years Caldicot Male Voice Choir has held a St David’s Day concert at its Choir Hall in Caldicot to raise funds for deserving causes.  This year it was pleased to invite local Durand School Choir as its special guests to help the Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council, Mr Jim Higginson’s appeal for The St. David’s Foundation and Tŷ Hafan Trust, a children’s hospice in Sully, near Barry.

Among the invited guests were the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE, the High Sheriff of Gwent,  Mr Anthony John Clay as well as the Mayors of Monmouth, Merthyr CBC and Torfaen and Monmouthshire Councillor Mr Brian Strong.

Over seventy members of Caldicot Male Voice Choir took to the stage on the evening.  Conducted by Siân Hatton and Shirley Anne James and accompanied by Stephen Berry and John Nicholson the Choir entertained the capacity audience to a wide mix of choral songs including Welsh items Rachie, Yfory, Aberystwyth, Gwahoddiad, O Gymru (soloist Tommy Hole) and for the first time for many years, the traditional song Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn.  Also included were The Rose, The Lord’s Prayer by Schubert, Troyte’s Chant of Eli Jenkins’Prayer as well as songs from the world of film such as On the Street Where You Live from My Fair Lady and The Way We Were from the 1973 film of the same name.  The programme also included the rousing spiritual Ride the Chariot featuring soloists Siân Hatton and David Gould.

The School Choir of 25 children delighted the audience with a range of Welsh and English songs, opening with Myfanwy followed by  Heno, heno, Calon Lân, Ar Hyd y Nos and Sosban Fach.  Included in their programme was Max Boyce favourite, Swansea Town, The Streets of London, My Lighthouse , Somewhere Out There from the animated film An American Tail and finalising with a medley of songs from Abba – Waterloo, Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia which had the audience enthusiastically tapping its feet.

The musical direction and tutelage of Head teacher Allison Waters and the musical staff of Durand School, Deputy Head Mr Anthony Moses, guitarist Mr Will Maragon and pianist, retired Deputy Head, Mrs Marilyn Modget can be rightly proud of their talented young Choir.

This was also the first concert of new recruits second tenor Andy Friedman and two bottom basses Oliver Edwards and Peter Fagan.  Well done all, may this be the first of many.

St David’s Day Cake for Choristers

On Monday. as a prelude to the St David’s Day concert tonight and the Annual Concert on April 8th, Colleen Gauntlett brought along her home made cake as a treat and reward for all the choristers’ and Music Team’s hard work in practice.

 

She knows how much the Choir appreciates her cakes as shown by the smiles on the faces. Looking forward to tonight’s concert with Durand School at the Choir Hall (sold out) and the Annual Concert at the Leisure Centre with tenors Rhys Meirion, Aled Wyn Davies, soprano Shân Cothi and host Rebecca John..

Sad News of Allen Worwood

On Monday we were told of the sad death at 89 years of age of retired but long serving chorister Allen Worwood on January 30th 2017. Bass chorister Allen joined Caldicot Male Voice Choir in 1990 and retired due to ill health in 2013.  Allen was presented with a lifetime Honorary Vice-president award following his retirement. 
 
Allen was very proud of his roots coming from the Tranch in Pontypool before moving to Usk on marrying Mary and then on to Bulwark in Chepstow and joining the Choir at the same time as David Kirton.
 
This photograph of Allen was taken in 2012 at the afterglow following our singing at Cardiff Castle for Tata Steel executives from India.
 
His funeral will be held at the Forest of Dean crematorium on 9th February at 2-30pm.  No flowers please and donations to Diabetes UK via Funeral Directors Phillip Blatchley.
 
Our heart felt sympathy and condolences go out to his wife Mary and daughter Linda.  Allen was a much respected and well liked chorister who has been greatly missed since his retirement.

Six Nations Rugby comes to Choir Hall

 

 

 

 

Did you know that at our Choir Hall we have a state of the art cinematic projector system which is coupled up to our superb sound system in the acoustically designed hall? To take even more advantage of this, the Choir has obtained a TV licence and we can now show live TV on the huge 3 metre screen; the largest of its kind in the area.

 

So we plan to watch all 6 nations Rugby matches and you can come into the choir hall and watch them with us, if you like. We will start with those on Saturday February 4th (Scotland v Ireland and England v France) and Italy v Wales on Sunday 5th as a trial. There is a fully licensed bar with drinks at club prices and entry to the hall is free.

 

Depending on the success of this initial weekend, we plan to show all the remaining matches of the Six Nations Championship.

 

The poster says it all so don’t sit at home watching the matches on your own, come and join us for a feast of Rugby and enjoy a pint or two as well.

Sad News to start the year

The choir is saddened on two counts so far this year.

 

David Scott, Bottom Bass

 

 

Firstly long standing chorister of over thirty years, bottom bass David Scott informed us that due to continuing ill health he has reluctantly decided to retire from the choir.  A native of Scotland Dave, also known as Davy or Dai, is an adopted Welshman and though diminutive in physical stature his presence and support as a chorister was huge.  Presented last year with a well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award and honorary vice presidency for his services to the choir both as a loyal chorister and committee member, Davy will be sorely missed in the front row of the bottom basses.  We wish him well in his retirement and we hope to see him popping into the choir hall as often as he can.

 

 

Doug Taylor, 2nd tenor

 

On an even more tragic note, the choir was informed by chairman Mark Stocker that another long standing chorister of over thirty years, Doug Taylor passed away on 8th January.  Doug had suffered from illness for several years but nevertheless never let this interfere with his attendance at choir practice and concerts.  A wonderful 2nd tenor with a resounding voice and welcoming smile Doug. like so many of our choristers was a caring and loyal gentleman, well liked and respected by all who knew him.

 

He spent many years as a committee member and not only organised the fund raising 200 club, each week announcing the names of the winners but was also the Choir’s Welfare Officer catering for needs of choristers and their families with problems relating to the choir and sending out flowers and sympathies to those needing care and support.  He will like David, be sorely missed.  Our thoughts go out to his wife Gill and his family at this very sad  time  Rest in Peace.

 

On an even more poignant note, we have learned from Doug’s family that Thursday 12th January was his wife Gill’s 80th birthday which they planned to celebrate together.  Not only that but next week they would have celebrated 60 loving and caring years of marriage.  Gill was also a lifelong supporter of the choir not only in coming to many concerts but was also a committed fund raiser at many of our charity functions and social events.