Another First Place :-)

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Another First Place :-)

Another First Place :-)

This morning’s Bournemouth Daily Echo reports yet another victory for the men of Bournemouth’s biggest boy band.  Some would argue that is an even more important win than that at the Brighton International Competition.  (We would suggest they should collect their anorak and leave the room though …..)

Rob Phillips, our Finance Manager, is a leading figure in the charity Chesthelp and it has become a bit of a tradition for the choir to submit a team or two at their Annual Quiz and Fish and Chip Evening.   Chesthelp Bournemouth is a local Registered Charity founded in 1947 to help disadvantaged patients suffering from tuberculosis (TB) and other diseases of the Chest. The charity helps patients mainly with TB, but also COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).   They can also pay for taxis from Night Shelters to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, where homeless patients can be screened for TB.

This picture appeared in today’s Echo and shows the winning team from Bournemouth Male Voice Choir receiving their prize from Christine Wilson of Chesthelp.

First Place at Brighton International Male Choir Festival

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in News | Comments Off on First Place at Brighton International Male Choir Festival

First Place at Brighton International Male Choir Festival

Despite the Musical Director’s whining about having flu’, on Friday 6 October, we piled into the finest Laguna Coaches Double Decker at headed eastward for our first competition in some time.  The plan for the weekend was to give the members some time together after a hectic year so far.  Relaxations was the plan with a little gentle singing in between…….. Mmmmm…. of course the aforementioned Musical Director needed some time to rehearse and the chance of a concert as part of the Rottingdean Arts Festival was too tempting so the weekend was a whirlwind of music briefly interspersed with beer, some lovely food and even better company.

The choir arrived at our base on Newhaven mid-afternoon on Friday, after an uneventful journey; hotel prices in Brighton would have stretched our prudent pockets further than we would have liked and the Premier Inn was clean, comfortable and had a pub attached….. job done.  Appetites satisfied we travelled the eight miles to Our Lady of Lourdes Church at Rottingdean for our first concert.  We were delighted to share the stage with St Stythian’s Male Voice Choir from Cornwall and our new friends of the German Canadian Male Chorus of Calgary who we hosted in Bournemouth just a week before.  The German Canadian Chorus have also provided us with our very own ear-worm which travelled around with all weekend.  The concert, to a full house, was a great success and we are indebted to Dr Roy Wales, a very distinguished choirmaster and conductor for setting the gig up and providing the refreshments afterwards – always very welcome!

Saturday morning found us up and at it nice and early and the choir decamped close to the competition venue for a quick rehearsal at St Mary’s Church, Kemptown.  This fabulous building dates from the late 1870s and replaced a church of the same name which suddenly collapsed while being renovated. The red-brick building is in an Early English revival and French Gothic revival style and has Grade II* listed status…. just our sort of place.  An hour long rehearsal, focussed on just one or two areas got us warmed up and ready for the competition and the welcome cuppa provided by the church was gratefully received.

The choir went on stage mid afternoon and sang Non Nobis Domine by Rhosyphane Powell, Beati Mortui by Felix Mendellshonn and Sing for your Life by Alan Simmons as their competition set at the Brighton International Male Choir Festival.  The music was well received by the audience and other choirs so we retired to the pub, safe in the knowledge that we had done all we could to perform to the best of our ability.  Brighton Marina was the place for a quick meal and then back to the venue, St George’s Church Kempton for the results which declared Bournemouth Male Voice Choir the winners.

But, despite the three pint rule having been rescinded, there was still work to do…  the evening concert loomed and the choir sang some Gilbert Becaud, Snow Patrol and a little Charleston number to finish with a standing ovation from the assembled choristers and audience.  We maintained decorum and propriety for at least fifteen minutes after the end of the concert until the trophy was filled with IPA and passed around the choristers, coming last to the Musical Director (remember the aforementioned flu’)…..

We had a terrific weekend, great for the choirs morale and for bonding between choristers and supporters alike; we met some lovely folk, evangelised a little about the things we think are important to us as a choir and just had fun.  Not too bad at all…

Nearly audition time!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Nearly audition time!

Nearly audition time!

Just a few weeks until we audition 31 prospective members for there place in Bournemouth Male Voice Choir.

Bangor Ladies and BMVC at St. Stephen’s, Bournemouth

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Bangor Ladies and BMVC at St. Stephen’s, Bournemouth

Bangor Ladies and BMVC at St. Stephen’s, Bournemouth

The members of Bournemouth Male Voice Choir had a fabulous evening in the beautiful surroundings of St. Stephen’s Church in Bournemouth.  This architectural gem, situated in central Bournemouth is described by Rt. Revd. Michael Scott-Joynt, Bishop of Winchester thus “For over a century, Musical Excellence has been a tradition at St. Stephen’s and is a marvellous source of inspiration, spiritual refreshment and enjoyment”.  Quite a venue for a concert!

Our guests were the Bangor Ladies Choir from Northern Ireland who sang with a full, well focussed sound and great attention to detail in a wide range of music.  We also enjoyed their company after the concert, sharing a few songs and some refreshment in a more informal setting.  The concert was to raise money for the Church and a well filled nave means that a goodly amount has found its way to this very worthy cause.

We sang a wide range of music, including some Seal and Robbie Williams alongside the more serious music that Bournemouth Male Voice Choir so enjoy.  We even chanced a very risky Queen number during the Afterglow which was met with great approval … phew!

We had this lovely message from the Bangor Ladies Chair, Anne Poots  “It was a privilege for BLC  to share the stage with Bournemouth MVC – what fabulous performers and what a magnificent venue – and to have your and their company at the party later on was super!  I think we can safely say that a good night was had by all! The friendship and warmth shown to us by everyone was so lovely and  we felt very much at home with you all. ”  Anne, the privilege was all ours, we hope you come back to sing with us again soon and thank you for sharing your music with us.

Sing for Life Concert

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Sing for Life Concert

Sing for Life Concert

We were delighted to hand over a cheque for just over £10,000 to the Bournemouth Hospital Charity; this represented the final profits from our Sing for Life – in aid of Bournemouth Hospital Charity concert held at the Lighthouse Poole on 28 April 2017.

Our sincere thanks to all who came along to the concert, either as a performer or as an audience member or as part of the team who made everything happen on the day!

Now then….. what’s next…?