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What do people say about the Weybridge Male Voice Choir?



‘It was wonderful. The singing was superb … all in all the entire evening was a delight. All the numbers were lovely.’

 ‘What an amazing evening it was ... we have invited friends of ours to join us later in the year to hear the choir sing’. 

‘An awesome evening … Something for everyone. I did not want it to end!’


These were just a few of the accolades for our Spring Concert, which was sold out to an audience of 400 seven weeks in advance and ended with a standing ovation. 

The choir is in good heart, good fellowship and good voice, having performed and competed amongst the country’s biggest and best male voice choirs in the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival in April.  We are now working hard at some of the numbers that we heard other choirs sing there for our AUTUMN CONCERT on Saturday 16 September at the Catholic Church of Christ, Prince of Peace in Weybridge, tickets for which are now on sale.

Our varied programme has something for everyone. We include songs from musical shows, spirituals, Welsh hymns, traditional songs and ballads plus choral arrangements of popular modern numbers.

Our special guests at the Autumn concert are the Chris Winslet Trio, comprising Rhona Millar (sax, vocals), Diane McGuire (bass) and Chris Winslet (guitar, banjo).  Chris and his trio were a big hit at the concert in October last year, delighting the audience with their eclectic jazz programme, so here’s another chance to see and hear them.

 So what a treat in store!  Great singing and entertainment from men, young and old, who love  having fun singing together; and great jazz from a trio who just love playing.

 Tickets are bound to be in great demand. Make sure you get yours early!

Tickets £10 
 On-line at www.weybridgemvc.org.uk/online shop
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A Great Spring Sing!

The choir has had a busy and exciting start to the Spring / Summer season,with a lunch-time concert at Wells Cathedral, five performances during the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, culminating in our Spring Concert in Weybridge with the visiting Melbourne Welsh Male Choir. 

 Cornwall International Male Choral Festival 27th April -1st May 2017

The choir had a wonderful time taking a very full part in this the world’s largest male choir festival, with over 60 male choirs, youngsters and more mature folk, from many countries. We had a big party of 45 choir members and the same number of partners and friends, having fun together over five days based in Newquay and performing with enthusiasm and finesse across Cornwall.

On the way down to Cornwall we performed a lunchtime concert in Wells Cathedral; a lovely welcome from the locals, great acoustics, and we were in good voice, making for a really enjoyable concert and start to our trip. We also sang with other choirs in Truro Cathedral, Truro’s Hall for Cornwall, in the foodie fishing village of Porthleven and in the Eden Project. What great occasions for joining with other choirs, learning from other choirs, and having fun together, especially in the pub after the Porthleven concert! We also contrived at a couple of hours’ notice to sing in the magnificent house of the National Trust estate of Lanhydrock when bad weather forced the cancellation of our planned visit to Lands’ End.

For more pictures of the tour, go to the Cornwall 2017 Gallery

On two occasions in Cornwall we performed in the same concert as the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir, who were to be our guests in Weybridge at our sell-out concert on 6th May. So the choir returned happy (and tired!) with a few days rest before that concert.

 Spring Concert with Melbourne Welsh Male Choir on 6th May

This concert was a 400 seat sell-out seven weeks beforehand and a great example of the variety, entertainment and sheer quality of male voice choir performance. Between us we formed a choir numbering over 80 (not quite up to the 100 voices we had billed; sorry!) on stage for the eight numbers we sang together. Each choir also sang eight pieces from their own very different repertoires. It truly was a great evening of male voice choir singing, concluding with a standing ovation and with one very knowledgeable and musical audience member saying ‘what an amazing evening it was’.
We have an invitation from Melbourne Welsh to Weybridge WMC to be their guests in the coming years.

For more pictures, go to the Spring Concert 2017 Gallery

 To round off the success of the evening  the retiring bucket collection for the Princess Alice Hospice amounted to a magnificent £1,067. Thank you to all our supporters who contributed so generously.

Christmas in the Wisley Glasshouse!

As can be seen from the picture below, the choir ended its Christmas programme in great style at the RHS Gardens at Wisley as part of the Christmas events there. This followed our traditional Christmas Concert at St James' Church, Weybridge with the Weybridge Handbell ringers and the choir of St James C of E Primary School. The retiring collection at this concert raised a generous £755 for the Princess Alice Hospice.

The choir was singing for charity again the following morning at the Brooklands M & S  /Tesco stores in support of Save the Children.

Now we greet 2017 and look forward to another exciting year of choral events.  Our thanks and good wishes for the new year to all our friends and supporters. 

 

Autumn Concert Success

Choir and audience alike enjoyed another successful Autumn Concert on Saturday 1st October at the Catholic Church of Christ the Prince of Peace in Weybridge.  The programme included the choir’s usual varied mix of songs from musical shows, spirituals and hymns, traditional songs and ballads plus choral arrangements of popular modern numbers and included some exciting new items as well as old favourites.

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They came to sing with 'Surrey's Friendliest Choir'!

Our 'Come and Sing' event on Tuesday 6 September, which we organised to attract new members, was a hugely enjoyable evening and a great success with a dozen or more visitors, many of whom have already signed up!

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Half a century of song

 

   

The choir’s annual Spring Concert on Saturday 14th May became a particularly special occasion for choir member Roger Powell, who this year is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his joining the choir in February 1966.

During the interval Roger was asked to come forward from his usual place among the tenors. After a short explanatory speech from choir chairman Staveley Ferguson Roger was presented with something unique: a choir uniform jacket with the usual silver coloured buttons and 'WMVC' pocket badge replaced by gold! Roger is immensely proud of his time spent with the choir so this was the perfect gift to mark the occasion!

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May We Sing For You?

Our Concert Secretary is now taking bookings for  2017 and beyond.  If you are connected to a charitable organisation and would like us to perform a fund-raising concert for you, do get in touch.

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Please note that we are unable to take bookings for weddings, funerals or weekday daytime performances.

Choir return to Arundel

On Saturday 28 May  the choir traveled once again to Arundel, this time to perform a concert at St Nicholas' Parish Church. Also performing was  the St Nicholas Barbershop Quartet.

More pictures HERE

Our MD's Vision for the Choir

 

Weybridge Male Voice Choir has been performing to audiences and raising money for good causes and national and international charities for nearly one hundred years. I consider it a real honour to be the Musical Director of this choir, and my hope and expectation is to take the choir to new heights. Every Musical Director has a different approach and different views on where they would like their choir to be. I feel it is important to share these views with you, the choir and audience. 

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