We were joined by three excellent local choirs on Saturday 15th December for a winter-themed concert. Together with the Cirencester Community Choir, Cirencester Singers, and Corinium Community Choir we presented a wide-ranging programme which was thoroughly enjoyed by a large audience.
The concert was in aid of the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice and raised a total of £1500 for the charity. Our thanks go to all who contributed so generously.
Cirencester Male Voice Choir hosted another highly enjoyable golf day at Cirencester Golf Club on 5th October 2018. The weather was great, the course and food were excellent, and Lorraine joined us to present the prizes. The winning team was ‘All 4 Par, & Par 4 All’ and the John Batty Memorial Trophy for the highest scoring Choir member went to Hugh Browne.
Our thanks to all who supported the day with sponsorship, prizes and organisation. And of course to those who got teams together and found players – the day just wouldn’t happen without you.
Undoubtably a highlight of the year so far was a trip to Cornwall, where we performed two concerts, in Truro on June 22nd and in Breage on June 23rd as part of their festival. Each was shared with groups of the Cornwall Community Choir under ex-Cirencester choirmaster Neil Shepherd. The afterglow in Breage was also excellent, thanks in no small part to Jules’ new whistle and Lorraine’s applaudissements (Fr.). And we sang ‘Nothing like a Dame’ under real mangoes and bananas at the Eden project.
We were delighted to take part in a joint concert at Cirencester Parish Church supporting Gracenotes, an impressive Irish female-voice choir who performed a varied repertoire, a cappella, including spirituals and folk music as well as early and contemporary works.
Minety Village Hall was the venue for a concert on April 20th 2018 also featuring soprano Luana Godwin. Our first performance of’ ‘Fields of Athenry’, as arranged by Joy Amman Davies, was promising if not exemplary.
Cirencester MVC joined forces with Cotswold MVC and the sparkling Blue Notes ladies choir for a musical evening in aid of the Cirencester Hospital League of Friends and the Friends of Paternoster School. Acoustics in the new Baptist Church were good, our new keyboard and sound system passed the test, and we certainly held our own music-wise. However we were out-sung by Cotswold in an enjoyable afterglow, we must work on this.
17th December we joined the MJ-UK Christmas Concert in support of Cotswold Breast Cancer Trust, at Bingham Hall. Maria Jugaszs’s young performers were a delight to watch and hear, and ‘Bring Him Home’ has seldom sounded better.
We raised over £250 with Carols at Tesco, going towards the very deserving Longfield Hospice Care for the Cotswolds.
And finally, wine and mince pies were the order of the day after some spirited singing at Paternoster and Watermoor Care Homes.
The town Christmas lights were switched on on December 2nd in front of a huge crowd in the main square. We did our best to inspire them with carols and a ‘Song for Cirencester’ but would have benefited from amplification.
Next we took part in Cirencester Christmas Spectacular in the Parish Church on December 6th. The lighting and sound effects were amazing, as reportedly were our choir.