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.