Accompanist Mike Wood Retires

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Our annual Community Concert this year at St Peter's Church, Chertsey on 25th January marked a farewell to our fabulous accompanist, Mike Wood, who is taking a well-earned retirement, having been with us for 27 years. He has seen the choir through four conductors and over 500 concerts!  We are sure all our supporters will join us in wishing him all the best for the future.

At the concert, Chairman Andrew Wilson had this to say, on behalf of the whole choir:

"Thank you Mike, for playing for us not just today or this week but for the last 27 years or so, for approximately 500 concerts and over 1200 rehearsals, even though it all started by accident. Mike joined us intending to be a singer but Christine Best quickly sat him in front of the piano to accompany a concert in Hersham and it’s been that way ever since.  Thank you for serving the choir through hell and highwater, sight reading pieces at the last minute, keeping us in tune and for being such a great guy to have around. I personally apologise for the tortuous uncertainty of Kalinka over the last 8 years – you can relax now and hand over to another pair of hands, and remember, don’t have nightmares!

We have a little something to present to you. It comes full of good wishes from the whole choir who, together with me and Johnny, bid you a fond farewell, or at least they will when you have played the last piece.  Sue, you will officially get your husband back on Tuesday evenings from now on and we have a little something for you too!"

More pictures of the concert are HERE

Spring is on the way!

Our Spring Concert this year is earlier than usual; we’ll all be celebrating the start of Spring on Friday 6th March! We’ll be back at our traditional and well-loved venue of the Catholic Church, Christ Prince of Peace in Weybridge, with its wonderful atmosphere and acoustic.

 This will be our first big concert of 2020 and it will feature a great variety of pieces old and new to entertain and move you.

For the guest spots for this concert, we are delighted to welcome pianists Hannah Stanley and Gareth Giles for solo and duet performances. They are probably well- known to many of our audience for their brilliant virtuoso performances in a wide variety of styles including jazz, cocktail, show tunes, ballads and light classical. If you’ve heard Hannah and Gareth before, you will know you are in for a real treat!

Our retiring collection will be for Elmbridge Rentstart, who support local people who are homeless or vulnerably housed. Each year they house and support around 150 people and help them move on with their lives. This is a great and successful local charity that needs and deserves all our support

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Swing low . . . !

The Weybridge Male Voice Choir were up to their usual tricks and came together to show their support for the England Rugby Team ahead of their World Cup Quarter Final against Australia and, ultimately, the final against South Africa.. 

They also had a chance to throw rugby balls at Musical Director Johnny Kilhams!
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Weybridge MVC at St Albans

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The choir took to the road on Saturday 5 October,visiting St Albans to give a lunch-time concert in the famous cathedral. The long nave of this magnificent building with its superb acoustic provided a perfect setting for a varied programme of music, with a selection from the full range of the choir's repertoire.  The concert also included a solo spot from the choir's accompanist for the day, talented young pianist Jonny Lane.

On the way in the morning the choir stopped off briefly in Harmondsworth to take a look at the historic 15th century Great Barn; and after the concert and a look round the city, finished the day with an excellent dinner at Café Rouge. Both these venues, of course, provided an opportunity for further singing!

 



A Weybridge MVC Tribute

20th August, 2019 - 30 years on...
 
30 years ago on 20 August the Marchioness disaster occurred, which saw 51 people die as a result of two vessels colliding in the early hours of the morning on the river Thames. The average age of the people on board was 22! 
 
At our rehearsal on the evening of the anniversary the choir came together and performed the first two verses of a setting of Tennyson's poem, 'Crossing The Bar' in memory of all those who lost their lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost someone. 
 

Summertime Concert Success

Our joint concert with the ladies of Treble Clef Choir in aid of the Stokes Centre for Urology was a great success, enjoyed by another capacity audience. Total net ticket proceeds of over £3,000 were handed over to The Prostate Project and in addition a magnificent total of £1,504 was donated in the bucket collection at the end of the concert. Thank you to all concerned!

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Spring with a swing!

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Our Spring Concert at Cleves School Performance Hall on Saturday 18 May certainly went with a swing, helped in no small part by the Cleves Steel Pan Band and the Upper School Choir. A capacity audience certainly enjoyed themselves in the comfort of the new venue and showed its appreciation in the generous £667 bucket collection for the Orpheus Centre for young disabled people.

Further photos of the occasion are HERE, and you can see a video of the choir's world premiere performance of 'Somebody To Love' HERE! 

Sweet Singing in the Choir . . .

Our sell-out  sell-out Christmas Concert at St James' church on 7 December was hugely successful, with a generous audience raising a magnificent £1,000+ in the retiring collection for Elmbridge Rentstart.

More Concert pics HERE

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££s thousands for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

It is with great pride that we can tell you that over the past few years we have raised just under £13k forWoking & Sam Beare Hospices, culminating in the £624 from our Autumn Concert retiring collection this year. This is all due to the generosity of our audience members and we’d like to thank you all for being so amazing. The hospice is an amazing place and many of our singers and their families have benefited first hand from them. Check out their website for more detail on the incredible work they do: 
https://www.wsbhospices.co.uk/

f you are a a charity and you’d like us to put on a concert for you then don’t hesitate to get in touch. More information 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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May We Sing For You?

Our Concert Secretary is now taking bookings for 2020 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.

 
Quick Contacts 

For concert enquiries and bookings:
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