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Sadly we have to announce the death of Hugh Walton, 1st Tenor and former Chairman. He had recently been in hospital, but passed away on Wednesday 29th June.  Our hearts and thoughts go out to Julia and the rest of his family and friends.


Wedding at Beverley Barn

We were very appreciated when we sang for David and Heather at their wedding.

The weather was a bit mixed, but it didn’t matter as inside it was bright and cheerful with the radiance of the bride.

If you want us to sing at your function, do get in touch with us here.

We missed having Liz there but we understood as she very recently had a tragic bereavement.


Cherry Burton concert

We had a fun night out singing in St Michael’s in Cherry Burton for St George’s Day. 

We were joined by the excellent Positive Note choir. And finished with some audience participation with the patriotic songs Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory. Flag waving was compulsory.


 

Kidderminster Tour

We had an excellent weekend away singing with the Gentlemen Songsters and Kidderminster Valentines.

Here’s a taster from out Saturday night concert.


Christmas with the Choir

We were delighted to actually sing at a concert this Christmas.

We started with the Festival of Christmas on Sunday 12th December, which was our first performance in almost 2 years, and seemed to be a great success.

Sadly our concert in Brough, and singing in the Barrel in Walkington were both cancelled due to Covid.

However our Prelude to Christmas was a huge success, with a fantastic audience.

With no rest for Liz as she conducted the visiting Positive Note choir as well.

Our Choir President writes:

You cannot beat the start of your Christmas festivities than with the Beverley Male Voice Choir.  My husband, Tony, knows Christmas is here when he is enjoying his pie and peas, plus the carol singing at the Dog and Duck.  What a lovely evening we had there this year, thanks to the organising skills of our friend Nick Andrews and the musical talent of Nigel Clarke ( plus, of course, the voices of the choir members).

     Even though we are still in difficult times, your Prelude to Christmas Concert proved a great success.  In fact, members, I had a lump in my throat as you sang the song “We Rise Again”.  What a super way to start what we hope will be the first of many more large public engagements.

     I thoroughly enjoyed the selection of songs and appreciate the hard work done by the choir, Liz and Amy.

     I was sorry to hear that some members were not well enough to participate and I send them my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

     I love the name of the guest choir (Positive Note) which could also apply to this concert.  Both choirs gave great joy and everyone left with a positive happy feeling in their hearts.

     Many thanks to all the people, working behind the scenes, ensuring that everything runs smoothly.  Also thanks to the patrons for their continuing support of the choir. I would like to give a special thank you to the past presidents, Kate Andrews and Paul Camm for their guidance and support for this, my first public engagement with the choir.

     Tony and I wish everyone a merry and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Rona Dickinson

BMVC


Members were saddened to hear of the passing of Graham Smith on Christmas Day

He was a valued member of the Bass section, and when he stopped singing with us he looked after the PA system for our concerts in Toll Gavel.

Due to Covid the family have decided to have the service in one venue, Octon, instead of the two sites. It will be a private funeral on Wednesday 19th January and hopefully, in the warmer weather, a Memorial Service will be held at Toll Gavel which will be open to all if circumstances allow.  Any donations will be for the Alzheimer’s Society.  


Members were saddened to hear of the passing of George Birch

He was a long time friend and First Tenor.   He’s been remembered as always being so nice and friendly, with always a good word for everyone.


Amy Butler Concerts

Amy, our fantastic pianist, also takes part in the Howdenshire Music Project.  Her next concert is on Thursday September 16th at 1pm in Howden Minster. Full details can be found on Amy’s page of the website here.


Meet and Greet

A huge thank you to Rona and Tony Dickinson for organising a meet and greet for the choir.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable event, and much appreciated time for us to meet one another again, after such a long time apart.

We even managed to have a little sing together.


Back together again

For the first time in almost a year and a half we’ve been able to meet each other face to face.

We weren’t singing, it was our AGM.

 

There was much that needed discussing, and some passionate speeches.

 

We had to welcome our new chairman, Nick Hart, say thank you to our retiring president, Paul Camm, and welcome our new president, Rona Dickinson.

But, finally at the end of the evening, we did actually sing together, and it felt good.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Choir members

There are several choir members leaving us at the moment, one of which is Mark Williams.

Our chairman presented Mark with Honorary Membership of the Choir in recognition for his long service and all the hard work he has put into help run the choir.

Mark Williams

 

Derek Rigby

 
It is with great regret that we have to pass on news of the death of Derek Rigby, a Life Member of Blackpool Male Voice Choir.
Derek was a very special gentleman, who following his move to Lytham, to be nearer his family, always kept in touch with us!
Derek retired from active duty with BMVC over ten years ago but maintained a passionate interest in our activities through his ongoing friendship with long-serving member Rhodes Holmes.  He even managed to join in on our 2020 Christmas Zoom get-together.
 
Derek joined Blackpool MVC from Beverley MVC and was instrumental in bringing about a hugely successful joint concert in Blackpool.
 
Music played a major part in Derek’s life and he spent countless hours on his electronic organ creating tracks which he combined to form fantastic versions of popular songs.
He often used to play before a concert started, and then again during the interval.
 
Our thoughts are with Derek’s family. The funeral is to be held at Carleton Crematorium on 16 July at 1230.
 
Rest in peace Derek.

Dear Friends and Patrons,

We thought you might like to see a Zoom recording the Choir produced for you along with Driffield and Hull Male Voice Choir Members.  Conducted by the inimitable Liz, accompanied by syncopating Amy and edited by Nigel (it isn’t easy to find an adjective to describe Nigel). It is a song we sang at the Menin Gate two years ago, Sleep Sweet Evermore.

The period of inactivity is clearly continuing for longer than we expected and we shall try to use this page to keep in touch with you till we meet again (cue for a song)

Yours till then

BMVC Committee

 

Coronavirus

 

Please note that from 16th March 2020 all Choir activities are suspended until further notice. Meanwhile, have a look at our Amy playing Gershwin.

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If you missed the wonderful lunchtime concert premiere featuring Thomas Bertolotti and our Amy, you can still go and see it at:

 

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John Burt (1939-2020)

 

We received the sad news that John, only  recently retired from the Choir, died in Hull Royal Infirmary on Saturday 7th March after quite a long illness.  Our thoughts are very much with Val and family at this sad time.

John was a very fine baritone, a former Choir Chairman and, latterly, an enthusiastic Patron of the Choir.  He will be very much missed by all who knew him.

The funeral was held at Haltemprice Crematorium at 3.30pm Monday 30th March.

The Choir were unable to attend due to the Coronavirus situation, but were able to watch the service online.   

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John Cooke 1935-2020

Within hours of learning of the death of Don Sylvester came the shattering news, the following day, 18th January,  of the death of John Cooke, one of the most supportive, dedicated and valuable of our members – also a former seafarer, in John’s case a career Merchant Navy Chief Engineer.

 

John was a leading second tenor with a very fine voice and an equally fine sense of humour.  He was a past Chairman who also spent many years looking after our library.

 

No one who enjoyed John’s solo performances as the broken-hearted milkman in “Pretty Polly Perkins” will ever forget him.

 

Our thoughts are very much with Hilary and family at this time of their great loss.

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The funeral took place at Haltemprice Crematorium at 2.30 pm Tuesday 4th February and the choir sang “American Trilogy” and “Morte Christe”.  We were very glad to be accompanied on this occasion by Pat Cave, a good friend of John’s.

 

Don Sylvester 1922-2020

The sad news has reached us of the death of Don, former Choir Bass and PRO, on his birthday, at the grand old age of 98.

 

Don served as a Royal Navy telegraphist during the Second World War and later worked, among other things, as a Police Officer in the then City of Hull Police.

 

He was also a talented amateur watercolour artist and produced many paintings over the years, scenes around South Cave and others.

 

He and his lovely late wife Eileen were great supporters of the Choir over many years and our thoughts are very much with his daughter Jane and her family at this sad time.

 

The funeral took place on 5th February at Haltemprice Crematorium.