A Standing Ovation at Great Whitley - 10th Oct 2022
The choir continued its series of Centenary concerts in the beautiful setting of the prestigious baroque church at Great Witley. The choir performed pieces from across the globe including 'Gwahoddiad', 'Shenandoah' and our centennial commissioned piece, 'On Malvern Hill'.
We were privileged to be accompanied by the Pirton Paddock Saxophone Quartet who performed a medley of Scottish and Irish folk songs in the first half and more well-known songs in the second half, culminating with the song everyone can't help smiling to - the theme from the Pink Panther'!
The audience also heard a duet sung by Graham Purcocks and Gordon Burrows from 'The Pearl Fishers'. Graham sang three other solos and the audience were in fine voice joining in with the chorus from John Denver's Country Roads. The choir ended the concert with 'The Rose' and our most popular piece 'American Trilogy', during which the church's amazing Baroque organ is heard. You can hear the recording of these two songs by clicking on the title links above.
The choir, soloist and quartet were given a standing ovation at the end, something rarely witnessed and, for which, we were greatly appreciative.
Zest4Life - 22nd Feb 2022
A few members of the choir took the time to go to The Octagon Centre in Poolbrook to sing an unusual carol and say hello to an old choir member, Gordon Rae. He is the handsome chap on the left and wore his old jacket. Midlands Today were there doing a piece on Zest4Life and how it has helped those with dementia and also helped the host, Martin Lawrence, by being able to give back to the community.
Commemoration for Armistice - 13th Nov 2022
At The Church of the Ascension, the evening entitled 'Goin' Home' was a tremendous success with a capacity crowd and standing room only - alongside the Act of Remembrance - War Poetry and readings complimented a full repertoire of songs.
The evening was backed up with a moving film called 'Bring Him Home' specially produced for The Choir in remembrance of all the members of the Choir who served in WW1 & 2 featuring a haunting rendition of 'Bring Him Home' recorded earlier in the week in the Church.
The film can be watched here https://youtu.be/H6vbzL68CCc.
The Choir now move to their Christmas Programme and can be seen:
10th December Morrisons Malvern Retail Park 11.00am
10th December Bluebell Inn Guarlford Road 12.30pm
17th December Holy Trinity Church Malvern 2.30pm
A Capacity Audience in Cabaret Setting - 22nd Oct 2022
A capacity audience in cabaret setting at Great Malvern's Cube, were witness to a brilliant evening of avant garde poetry and music performed by the amazing vocals of The Malvern Male Voice Choir.
The programme included the specially commissioned piece 'On Malvern Hill' by Liz Dilnot Johnson, Songs from the Sixties, Bohemian Rhapsody, and many other well known songs. We had solo performances of:
Meditation (from Thais) by Choir Solo Violinist - Will Lee
Piano Duets - Black & White Rag, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba performed by Charles Pavey and Colin Willis
The electrifying and edgy poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and John Cooper Clarke were performed by Steve Smart. The evening Compere was Tarquin Shaw-Young.
We all enjoyed seeing Gordon and had a quick chat. We only did one verse to start with as the TV crew were there for Zest4Life not us, however, they asked for the whole thing before we left so we duly obliged. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, thanks to the seven who were able to attend.
PRESS RELEASE - Published in Malvern Gazette Nov '21
Malvern Male Voice Choir is 100 years old in 2022 and, as part of its preparations for next year, it is holding an Open Rehearsal on Monday 29 November 2021 at Holy Trinity Church, Malvern Link Top, from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. All are welcome to come and sing a selection of much loved music, some of it looking ahead to Christmas. Entitled Old Chestnuts and Carols, admission is free and there will be a half-time tea break during which time there will be a chance to chat and find out more about the Choir. The occasion will be led by the Choir’s experienced and popular MD Charles Pavey, along with young accompanists James Godfrey at the piano and Billy Colbourne on the organ.
Having very recently held a commemoration of Armistice on Remembrance Sunday – one of Malvern Male Voice Choir’s more formal annual events – attention has immediately turned to celebrating Christmas and anticipating what the New Year will bring. Due to the pandemic, the Choir had not previously sung in public since December 2019. It was only during World War Two that the Choir has had to have a longer break during its ten decades of singing. Like all choirs across the globe, however, there is now a real need to rebuild and recruit.
Steve Smart, media and publicity officer of Malvern Male Voice Choir, commented: “There are a good number of very experienced singers in the Choir but, equally, many of us had not sung since our schooldays; however, we soon found that we fitted right in at MMVC. You could find that the Choir becomes an essential enjoyable addition to your social life. Our proceedings are thorough but often light-hearted. The extensive repertoire includes traditional classics, pop classics, favourites from musicals, folk, Welsh and other male voice choir standards and some humorous songs. We sing to a variety of audiences and venues in the area. The Choir always welcomes needs new blood of all ages, and we would like to see many prospective new members come along to try singing with us at this special Open Rehearsal.”
If you would like any more information, please ring Steve Smart on Malvern 560618, or Graham Purcocks who is the membership officer on Malvern 892140…or just come along on 29 November.