Colchester Military Wives Choir And Braintree Male Voice Choir Raising Money For Charity – October 2015

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From left to right The Mayor of Colchester, Councillor Theresa Higgins, Sally Leung, MD of  Colchester Military Wives Choir, David Wood, MD of Braintree Male Voice Choir, Graham Thornton, President of Rotary Club of Colchester Trinity, Ian Dewis of Braintree Male Voice Choir and Liz Mullen, Compere and radio and TV broadcaster

Musical cooperation hit a high note at an inter-choir event in Colchester on the evening of Saturday 24th October. The ladies of the Military Wives Choir (CMWC) joined with Braintree Male Voice Choir (BMVC) in providing a memorable evening of musical harmony, titled ‘It’s a Grand Night for Singing’.

Presented by Colchester Rotary Club (Trinity) whose District Governor and Assistant Governor, Mr and Mrs Terry Dean attended, the concert took place in St Botolph’s Church. Held to support the Colchester Cancer Centre the campaign chairman, Sir John Ashworth attended as did the mayor of Colchester Theresa Higgins and her husband Professor Peter Higgins. Continue reading

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Choirs Have A Grand Night Out In Aid Of Cancer Centre

Review written by Neil D’Arcy-Jones in Colchester Gazette 29 October 2015

It was grand night out for singing and fundraising at St Botolph’s Church, Colchester.

The ladies of the Colchester Military Wives Choir joined with Braintree Male Voice Choir to provide a memorable evening of music for their joint ‘It’s a Grand Night for Singing’ concert. Held to support the Colchester Cancer Centre Campaign, which is backed by the Gazette, the past chairman Sir John Ashworth attended as did the Mayor of Colchester, Theresa Higgins, and her husband Professor Peter Higgins. Continue reading

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Great Notley Singing Songs From The West End – 10th October

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Great Notley Community Centre – 10th October 2015

The choir had been asked via Ranleigh Attwood, one of our basses, to put on a concert to raise funds for Marie Curie. His daughter was one of the members of the Braintree Fund Raising Group for the charity.

With Sue Edwards at the piano and David Wood in charge, the choir assembled in the modern community centre at the heart of Great Notley. The choir opened the concert with a Rodgers and Hammerstein number “It’s  Grand Night for Singing” and the first set ended with everyone’s favourite, “Nessun Dorma”. The choir had a short rest whilst Ron Fosker stepped up as the first surprise solo item and sang one of Nat King Cole’s songs “Let There Be Love” which was very well received by the audience. Continue reading

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Choir Summer Lunch – Sunday 23rd August 2015

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We took over the majority of the restaurant at 47 The Street in Rayne. The weather was kind to us and we were able to sit outside in the back garden to have a pre lunch drink. This was the occasion of the Choir’s summer lunch. We sat down to some excellent food and an occasional drink. From roast beef or chicken and pork to salmon or lasagne, to lemon crushed meringue Frodo and apple and berry crumble, to name but a few. Continue reading

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Goodbye To Barrie

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Many of the choir said goodbye to Barrie at his funeral at the Three Counties Crematorium on Tuesday 21st July 2015′

Thanks to Brian Bain for his following memories of Barrie:

“Barrie (Willy) Watkins left school in the early 1950s and I knew him from about this time. He helped out at Doves the Bakers in Bocking and made cakes and iced wedding cakes – there was no end to his talents! He then joined the army, based for a time in Gibraltar, serving until 1960 when he worked in a local plastics factory. After that he joined the building trade which is where he had a bad accident falling off scaffolding and breaking both feet.

Barrie joined the choir in the mid to late 1990s and had a powerful baritone voice. He was certainly a ‘powerhouse’ for the choir and performed solo pieces on occasions. Underneath all the fun, he was a great supporter of the choir and over the years sold hundreds of tickets for our concerts. He used to take part in the local voluntary scheme picking up elderly and infirm Braintree residents and transporting them around and he would never miss an opportunity to sell his passengers concert tickets. He was a good drummer for a group in which I was the lead vocalist and went round playing in local pubs. Barrie did a superb impression of Billy Eckstein and he used to do a lot of karaoke – one of his favourites being ‘Chantilly Lace'”. Continue reading

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Concert All Saint’s Church, Shrub End, Saturday 11th July 2015

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The choir was welcomed to this attractive little Victorian Colchester church by the vicar and chairman of the local church friends committee. The church was well filled with a friendly and appreciative audience.

MD David Wood’s introduction included an explanation that although entitled “Music from the Shows” our offering would include a broader although equally enjoyable selection.

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Sing And Swing, Braintree Arts Theatre

Experienced musician, David Woods, quickly established his role as the new Musical Director of BMVC, in this beautifully-programmed concert. His firm conducting was impressive, especially in his endings. He built on the choir’s confidence with successful songs from their repertoire, like Bui Doi. Tenors hit the high notes of Nessun Dorma while the Anglo-Italian drinking song, Viva Tutti was a joy, as the singers sustained its a cappella tempo. Continue reading

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‘Sing and Swing’ Concert on 9th May 2015

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This was the first concert with David Wood as our Musical Director. He had taken over as MD at quite short notice at the beginning of April. He is a long standing member of the choir and has much experience as a conductor and in music generally. The Sweeting Swing Band joined us for the concert and provided some lively numbers’ Continue reading

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Concert At St John The Baptist Church, Little Yeldham

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One of our members,Richard Humphries who lives in Little Yeldham, had suggested that the Choir hold a concert in the Church in aid of funds for improved church facilities. The small but pretty church is situated in the middle of the village at the T junction. Rain had been forecast for the evening but it was hoped that it would hold off until everybody had arrived. As the church was quite small only half the choir were able to fit into the choir stalls. Continue reading

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