WMVC Virtual Performance No. 3!
Weybridge MVC have been practicing every Tuesday on Zoom for the past five months. As well as keeping our current repertoire ticking over we have learnt a completely new piece. This piece is When I Need A Friend by Coldplay and arranged by our Musical Director, Jonathan Kilhams. We have never sung this piece together in person but can't wait to get back to some form of normality soon. This is the best we can offer at the moment which we hope you enjoy.
We also hope you are all well, wherever you are in the world and send our best wishes to you and your families during this time.
WMVC Virtual Performance No. 2!
The Weybridge Male Voice Choir is used to fundraising for charities of many kinds and in a typical year we might have 20 or more fundraising concerts. But 2020 is far from a typical year. Rather than remain silent we have embarked upon our second virtual performance with "Can’t Help Falling in Love" to raise money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. Members recorded their singing as individuals to a soundtrack that keeps everybody in time. If you look closely you will see all the singers wearing headphones as they listen to the music.
Fundraising events such as our concerts are still some way off which means that charities like Shooting Star will continue to struggle for some time to come. As they strive for funding their support for children with life limiting conditions and their families will be under threat. If you have enjoyed our singing please consider making a donation to Shooting Star Children's Hospices using the link below. It would help them, help the children they support and help us as Weybridge Male Voice Choir to feel that we can still support our community during these challenging times.
The choir is very pleased to announce that we won't be appointing just one accompanist, but two! Hannah Stanley and Gareth Giles will be sharing the position and we couldn't be happier!
Spring Concert Success!
On Friday 6 March the choir was back at the Church of Christ the Prince of Peace in Weybridge for our Spring Concert, where we came together with the wonderful Hannah Stanley & Gareth Giles, under the direction of our trusty MD Johnny Kilhams. We were treated to scintillating piano solos and duets to provide contrast to the programme, which was enjoyed immensely by an appreciative audience.
The concert saw the choir perform a varied programme from spirituals right through to pieces by Elvis, Toto & Snow Patrol! We finished the evening with a retiring collection for the local charity, Elmbridge Rentstart and we will have a confirmed total for you soon.
Accompanist Mike Wood Retires
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!"
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..
Weybridge MVC at St Albans
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!
Spring with a swing!
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.
££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:
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.
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.
Please note that we are unable to take bookings for weddings, funerals or weekday daytime performances.