Autumn Showcase at Shalford, October 2016

Photography by Sue Horsman

Photography by Sue Horsman

The choir entertained a small but appreciative audience at St Andrew’s Church, Shalford, on Saturday Ocober 1.

Entitled Autumn Showcase, the evening mostly featured songs the choir had included in the May concert, but there was the added bonus of what David Wood joyously described as a ‘world premiere’. It was his own arrangement of World In Union, the song from the Rugby World Cup 1991.

In addition to the choir numbers, Brian Bain sang the Mario Lanza song Be My Love, Ian Whiteside included two saxophone pieces, Vince Horsman entertained with his views of the choir in his alleged letter to his cousin while David Kelly took three songs out of the Flanders and Swan songbook, successfully encouraging the audience to join in with the ‘mud glorious mud’ chorus. Continue reading

Filed under News | Words: Ron Fosker

Mel Hodsdon 1950 – 2016


The choir were deeply saddened to learn on the day of their concert at Bocking Village Hall in July of the death of baritone Mel Hodsdon.

Mel, who was 66, had been in the choir for more than ten years and for the past six years had been the choir’s press officer. As well as liaising with the local media, producing the design for the posters, flyers for concerts and compiling a regular newsletter, he contributed items on all choir events for this website.

Mel worked in the Home Office in London in policing and crime reduction areas before taking early retirement and then decided to take up singing again after 37 years. He had previously sung in his local church choir as a boy soprano, then with Wandworth School Choir and for a short time with the Westminster Abbey Special Choir. He sang with the school choir in St Paul’s Cathedral, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Westminster Abbey, Coventry Cathedral and even in the Oncertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Despite living with cancer for a number of years he was always positive and cheerful and will be much missed.

Filed under News | Words: Ron Fosker