Back on the competition platform

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Back on the competition platform

Back on the competition platform

bangor-international-choral-festival-logoMuch anticipation in the ranks of Bournemouth Male Voice Choir at the moment.  We have concerts in Bournemouth and Salisbury over the next few weeks; we are looking forward to sharing the stage with the St John Singers of Salisbury, (in Salisbury),  the Penzance Ladies Choir in Westbourne and Vintage Brass at Southbourne.

But, it is nail-biting time as the choir travels to Bangor (County Down not North Wales!) for the 20th Bangor International Choral Festival.  Set in the beautiful seaside town of Bangor, just 15 miles from Belfast, this highly successful Festival offers classes in Youth, Mixed, Ladies and Male Voice Choirs, Ladies and Mens’ Barbershop, plus Madrigal, Sacred and Light Entertainment Sections, all of which offer substantial prizes, with the Open Choral Competition offering a top prize of £1000!

But……. the competition is always very stiff so we’ll have to get down to polishing up some of the dots for this really important weekend.  The choir will sing at the Festival Concert on Friday 26th April and then compete in four classes on Saturday 27th April.

The choir will sing a wide range of music in the classes including original motets and part-songs by Felix Mendelssohn, Eric Whitacre, Rosephanye Powell, Francis Poulenc as well as commissioned arrangements and some surprises on stage.

Looking forward to the fun and friendship but knowing some of the fine choirs that we will share the stage with – some butterflies too!  🙂

New Romantics?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Blog, News | Comments Off on New Romantics?

New Romantics?

Happy New YearThings Contemporary and Romantic were the focus of our attention this week as rehearsals have resumed.  We have hit the ground running; new music by contemporary American composers Jeffrey Horvath and Timothy Takach together with Franz’s Schubert’s delicious “La Pastorella” were the focus of our attention this week.

 

Still in the “new world” we brushed up Eric Whitacre‘s lovely “Seal Lullaby” and then looked in some detail at the lucious “Beati Mortui” by Felix Mendelssohn.  Very satisfying and some really good work.

If you feel you could be part of the choir why not contact us.  You need to be able to

  • Attend rehearsals in Bournemouth on a Tuesday evening
  • Sing in a harmony  part in tune.
  • Commit to our programme of improving vocal technique and learning how to score read at sight.

The guys are great fun, work hard and are very keen to welcome new members to our 50 ish singers.

For more info why not write to musicaldirector@bournemouthmalechoir.co.uk – we would love to hear from you.

 

Camels by Candlelight

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in News | Comments Off on Camels by Candlelight

Camels by Candlelight

And … relax! BMVC has now completed a hectic schedule of 18 engagements and 30 rehearsals since September and takes a well deserved break over Christmas.

Gaynor Morgan sings at Sacred HeartLast Saturday evening saw the much anticipated concert at Sacred Heart, where we performed in front of a very welcoming and appreciative audience. The Choir had never performed at the venue before, which given its spectacular interior and acoustic is a travesty! Our guest soloist, Gaynor Morgan, gave us two magical performances which will remain with us for much time to come and we send our heartfelt thanks to her for supporting this event.

 

On the following Sunday, we were a few yards down the hill in the Town Square, performing on stage in support of HopeFM’s Nativity Day. It was another fantastic opportunity for us to perform to the great Bournemouth public, who even provided dancers to accompany our Charleston-inspired finale, ‘Five Foot Two!’

BMVC performing in Bournemouth Square

And then, finally, a group of choristers led the Nativity parade around the streets of Bournemouth, performing carols in advance of a supporting cast of camels, donkeys and a few hundred citizens! The weather held off for a decent period, but a torrential downpour sadly brought proceedings to a premature close. Your hardy correspondent is, however, proud to report that BMVC was there to the very last, squeezed under an awning, (w)ringing out O Come All Ye Faithful, cheek by jowl with the aforementioned camels.

BMVC leads the Nativity ParadeBMVC and the camels

 

 

BMVC … dedicated to our mission, never getting the hump.

Sacred Heart Programme Released

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in News | Comments Off on Sacred Heart Programme Released

Sacred Heart Programme Released

We’re counting down the days to our next concert at Sacred Heart in the centre of Bournemouth on Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm

Musical Director, Mark Burstow, comments on the rich variety of the programme: ‘Out of the eight items in the first half for example – five are contemporary, original compositions for men’s choirs. We will also be singing some really challenging music by Poulenc and Mendelssohn (very exposed and unaccompanied) and a set at the end of the second half that is genuinely entertaining and hopefully connects with audiences.’

You can download a pdf version of the programme here: Programme for Sacred Heart on 15th December

Some tickets are still available for this event,  (£5 in advance or £7.50 on the door) and can be obtained by contacting a member of the choir, the Church office (Tel  01202 551013 ) or online.

Big Finale at Kinson

Tom Selleck Rumours Quoshed

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in News | Comments Off on Tom Selleck Rumours Quoshed

Tom Selleck Rumours Quoshed

Contrary to popular rumour, we can confirm that Tom Selleck has not, as yet, successfully passed his BMVC audition to take his place amongst the hallowed ranks of baritones.

You can always trust BMVC choristers to go the extra mile. The Choir’s Presenter and Box Office Manager, Allan Higgin, bravely put all shaving implements aside for a month in order to raise money as part of the cultural phenomenon known as ‘Movember.’ During November, men around the world grow moustaches to raise awareness of men’s heath issues and to raise funds to support efforts in addressing them.

Allan has raised a phenomenal £450 and said ‘I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me over the past month and given so generously to the cause.’

His oh-so-fetching ‘tash was removed during a solemn ceremony on Sunday, following the Choir’s appearance at Kinson Community Centre and the procedure has been captured for your delectation below.

Even though Allan’s fine follicles were cruelly removed in their prime, there is no immediate cut-off date for those seeking to donate to this excellent cause. You can still contribute via Allan’s fundraising page  – it would be great to help him achieve £500 by the end of December!

Well done that man!