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Klara Sudbury

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Hon. President:
Brian Blessed
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Cotswold Male Voice Choir Cheltenham Gloucestershire

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Charity Concerts ~ Corporate Events ~ Weddings
Director of Music: Charmaine Worrall  ~  Registered Charity No. 1086232  ~  Est. 1949


History of The Cotswold Male Voice Choir 2014 onwards
in reverse chronological order ...

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Saturday 3rd December 2016
Nazareth House, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham
(weblink and map)

Nazareth Cross

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Saturday 19th November 2016
George Watson Memorial Hall, 65 Barton St, Tewkesbury GL20 5PX

Joint concert with:
Cor Orpheus Menywod Abertyleri
(Abertillery Ladies Orpheus Choir)
(link)

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Saturday 22nd October 2016
Richmond Villages, Painswick
(website / map)

Included ‘Last Night of the Proms’


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The concert was followed by an impromptu sing at the local Falcon pub:
Dear Richard,
Our maintenance man who was in the Falcon on Saturday said how much he enjoyed
your impromptu session. Thank you so much for a much appreciated performance.
With my very best wishes,
Suzanne Varah
Head of Activities
Richmond Villages

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Saturday 15th October 2016
St. Andrew's United Reformed Church, Montpellier, Cheltenham

2016 - St Andrews group
Cotswold Male Voice and Blue Moon Harmony choirs (Photo by Sue Rowe)

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Accompanist: Frances Yeend (Photo by Sue Rowe)

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“Pirates” singing The Song of the Jolly Roger (Photo by Sue Rowe)

Joint concert held with
Blue Moon Harmony
(link)


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Saturday 24th September 2016
St. Mary's Church, Church Lane, Berkeley GL13 9BN

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"Great night Saturday - I was almost moved to tears"

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"A lady came over to me at the end and said she hadn't had such an enjoyable evening for
many a year."

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Sunday 17th July 2016
Bristol Harbour Festival
Aboard the ship "Kathleen and May"

Bristol Maritime

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Organiser and choir member Captain “Davey” Bainbridge.

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Friday 1st July 2016
Choir Member Graham Ogden’s Rotary Club President’s Night
Wyck Hill House Hotel and Spa
Wyck Hill House Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold, GL54 1HY


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Concert Celebrating The Queen’s 90th Birthday
11th June 2016

DUMBLETON VILLAGE HALL

Queen Elizabeth 90th Birthday

An excellent evening with a full house and an audience that really got involved with us. They waved flags, cheered and sang throughout the concert and made the evening a true success.  There were many strands in making the concert the success it was, before, during and after the performance with everyone pulling together.   The props…well, they certainly lightened the mood!!

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CMVC 2016 - Shurdington A5 Flyer 1

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Freezing cold at a wedding in Bibury, March 2016

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Concert Reviews
Cheltenham Town Hall
7th November 2015


2015 - Help for Heroes Concert - Cheltenham Town Hall
Jon Worrall Photography

with
GE Aviation Male Voice Choir
and
Military Wives Choir Innsworth

Help for Heroes Concert 2015
Jon Worrall Photography

Total ticket sales were 611 = £6,110.

Total raised for Help for Heroes = £8,000

Congratulations on a fine, memorable performance on Saturday. A great team effort; I am so proud of you. Special  thanks to our Frances for her unstinted work, to Richard B for the smooth-running compering and to Richard G who has lived and breathed the concert for many months.
Charmaine Worrall (Musical Director)

Good morning everyone, I am sitting here eating my toast and reflecting on the most incredible evening, at the Town Hall. I can't thank you all enough for the tremendous effort you put in, both in the months approaching the concert in terms of rehearsals and amazing ticket sales (Great job Steve Giles) and on the night itself, you should all be proud. Charmaine, Mike and Rob put in. Charmaine, once again you have pushed us hard and the results speak for themselves. Frances, as ever a superb performance.
Thank you all once again. I was so proud last night of everyone involved and was, on more than one occasion, moved to tears by the passion and beauty of our singing and, of course by the singing of the MWC and the GE MVC. And..... we have had an approach from a chap who, having been so moved by our performance, has asked to join the choir!
Richard Bennett (Chairman / Second Tenor)

It was a full house!  And I think it was the best concert I have been involved with in my 5 years of singing.
Martin Kay (Baritone)

It has been quite an extraordinary evening. Last night was as good, if not better, than any previous Concert I have sung in over the past 23 years at Cheltenham Town Hall, including the Life Guard and Flowers Band Concerts. An evening to be proud of.
John Fisher (Baritone)

I thought that it  was a fantastic concert and I’m sure that everyone who attended will endorse that view.
John McDonnell (Second Tenors)

Sorry I was absent. The reviews I have read are fantastic, as were the ticket sales. Really proud of you all.
Steve Allsup (First Tenors)

Thanks Charmaine, it was a magnificent occasion and a pleasure to be part of it. Congratulations to you and Frances for your skill and patience and such an amazing audience.
Martin Hamer (First Tenor)

I agree with everything said that it was a brilliant concert all round.
Colin Stillman (Bass)

Fabulous concert Cotswold MVC, Innsworth Military Wives & the newly formed choir GE Aviation MVC (brilliant after such s short time) raising money for Help for Heroes at the Town Hall. Well done all.
Zena Giles


On behalf of all our ladies who came to sing on Saturday night, I want to say a huge 'Congratulations' and 'Thank You' for a fantastic evening. It all seemed to go really well and we hope raised some well-deserved funds for Help for Heroes. Both of your choirs were incredible; I have been asked to let you know that my mum and her friends were amazed at how great the GE Choir sounded considering the short time they had been together. We loved sharing a song with you, many of us had goosebumps after the last chorus of 'Do you hear the people sing?'
Jo Benbow, Innsworth Military Wives Choir

Phenomenal concert!
Alison Stephens, GE Aviation

I'm still on a high after our concert. Congratulations all round with a special mention of the fine performance of the new GE Aviation MVC achieved after such a short time. Great too to have been able to sing with the MWC - always a pleasure. Rosemary and my guests reckoned it to have been our best concert yet and remarked that we have come on in leaps and bounds (their words) under Charmaine's knitting needle  - oops I mean baton!!!!
Peter de Gruchy (Bass)

As one of the new boys to the choir I would like to say what a privilege it was, and is to be involved with our great choir.  Last evening was without doubt a great success and to see the Town Hall almost full to capacity was indeed highly rewarding.  Quite apart from the choir having a terrific sound there is also an equally important aspect to praise and that is the wonderful camaraderie that exists amongst the choir.  As the new boy on the block I am delighted to be involved and let us hope the choir can now only go from strength to strength.
Barry Rogers (Bass)

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Rehearsal with the GE Aviation Choir in advance of the Help for Heroes concert.
Wednesday 28th October 2015

Richard Gaul’s write up (PDF)

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Press interview
Clare Carter Show 2nd November 2015


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RAF Runneymede June 2015
RAF Runneymede Memorial 21st June 2015
In attendance was choir Secretary Richard Gaul, who raised over £500.

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Click to listen to interview of 27th March 2015
(8 mins 53 secs)

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Wedding Testimonial
Bibury, Gloucestershire
13th March 2015

Hi Charmaine,
I just wanted to send a heartfelt and sincere THANK YOU to the choir for making our wedding day so very special.  You really were a highlight of the day and the singing was even more beautiful than I could have imagined.  Our guests loved it and it was a really special surprise for them.  Thank you to you Charmaine especially for being so helpful along the way.
Wishing you and the whole choir all the best for the future,
Shelley White (now Jones)

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2015 - Tim Heal Wooden Spoon Cheque 25 Feb £2456 72dpi
Chairman, Richard Bennett, presents Tim Heal of Wooden Spoon with a cheque for £2,456
raised by the Cotswold Male Voice Choir for the children’s charity of rugby
(25th February 2015).


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David Stafford
20th February 2015

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David pictured far right outside the Town Hall in Annecy during the Choir’s tour to
the French Alps in 2006

David passed away in the early hours on Friday 20th February. He had not sung with the Choir for
some time, previously David had been a baritone stalwart for many years.

A memorial service was held on Monday 6th April (Easter Monday) at
St. Lawrence Church, Church Road, Swindon Village, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9RA

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Saturday 21st February 2015
Gloucester Rugby, Kingsholm

Entertaining the crowd before the London Welsh match which Gloucester won 47 -10.

GRFC Big Screen

We included Men of Gloucester in the programme, which the crowd really appreciated.

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Norman Auld
5th January 2015

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'Taps' at the American Military Cemetery, Cambridge, 2013

Norman passed away at home on the night of 5th January 2015, having suffered a fall earlier that day. He sang for the Cotswold and Gloucestershire Police Male Voice Choirs for many years.

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Norman’s funeral was held at a packed St. John the Evangelist in Churchdown on Friday 13th February 2015.  In attendance were 80+ male voice choir singers, representatives of the Burma Star Association, British Legion and Royal Engineers, accompanied by a congregation so large that some had to sit on prayer cushions in the aisles.

Dear Charmaine,
The singing was really superb, several people wanted to clap after the Morte Cristie, including my grandson. I just held my sons hands (or rather squeezed them) throughout the singing of both pieces.    Please thank the choir very much for turning out to celebrate Norman’s life, I am sure he would have been very very pleased.
Joyce Auld
16th February 2015

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Bernard Stride
29th December 2014

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After concert in the Butchers Arms, Mickleton, 2008

Bernard passed away at Astell House in Cheltenham, where he had resided for the past few years. He was a founder member of the Choir in 1949, ‘leading’ the second tenors for over 60 years.

Bernie’s funeral was held at Cheltenham Crematorium on Thursday 15th January 2015.  Former members of the Cotswold Male Voice Choir rejoined the current choir to give Bernie a rousing off.

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Saturday 27th September
Joint concert in Cheltenham Town Hall
with
The Sydney Welsh Choir
(link)

CLICK TO GO TO BBC RADIO GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Listen to the pre-concert interview with the BBC’s Claire Carter (24th September 2014)
Part 1 (9 mins)
Part 2 (8 mins)
Part 3 (6 mins)

Syndey Welsh Choir
Sydney Welsh Choir at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia

As part of an extensive three week tour including Dubai, Wales and Ireland, The Sydney Welsh Choir chose The Cotswold Male Voice Choir for a joint concert as part of the English leg of their tour.

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The beneficiary of the concert was Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby
and what a night it was!

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Bernie Campbell sings along to Martin Kay's Didgeridoo accompaniment after the concert.
It's difficult to explain the hat ... so we won't even try!


GLOUCESTERSHIRE ECHO CONCERT INTERVIEW
Click logo for Echo’s Michael Young interview 25th September
also available in printed newspaper 26th September (page 49)

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Saturday 9th August
St. John’s Church, Churchdown

Royal British Legion WW1 Commemorative Concert

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4th August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the commencement of hostilities between Great Britain and Germany.  Germany had already declared war on Russia. All the major powers of Europe mobilised beginning World War I.

CLICK TO GO TO THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION  Military Wives
with the Military Wives Choir.

There are some concerts when everything clicks; choir, audience and atmosphere; and this was one of those nights. Perhaps it was the cause. We find most concerts supporting or commemorating our armed services are very sell supported.

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65th Anniversary - 11th May 2014

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Musical Director, Charmaine Worrall, with Don Baker who was a founder member in 1949
and who is still singing with the Choir (14th May 2014).

Gloucestershire Echo Cheltenham

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Wednesday 23rd April 2014
The Queens Hotel, Cheltenham

Air Ambulance Crew

Midlands Air Ambulance

SOLD OUT
Celebrating St. George’s Day

Afternoon tea concert.

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Hi Charmaine,
Thanks so much for your lovely message, and to you all for your absolutely brilliant singing.  Everyone is so complimentary about the Choir and everything really!  I really enjoyed working with you on this, and hope there will be another opportunity in the future.  We've already booked the Queens for next year, so do please pencil that in your diary...
Estimated proceeds from this St. George’s Day are £3,772, which is brilliant.
All best wishes
Susie Godwin
Regional Fundraising Manager - Gloucestershire & West Herefordshire
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

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Saturdays 4th January & 22nd February 2014
Gloucester Rugby, Kingsholm, Gloucester
Singing before the Aviva Premiership matches.

“We would like to think our singing contributed to the victory on 22nd Feb ...
we are keeping quiet about the 4th Jan result!”


CLICK TO GO TO GLOUCESTER RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB

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“Men of Gloucester”
Following many requests, you can now download and print the words to Men of Gloucester.

It is sung to the tune Men of Harlech which is said to have been based on an old Welsh air. It will come as a surprise to some that many sources claim the lyrics most familiar to us now were written by English composer Sir Joseph Barnby in C.19th.  The Choir sings the version adapted for the film Zulu in 1964.

Read about our previous appearance at Gloucester Rugby on 4th January 2014 ...
Gloucestershire Echo Chel;tenham

Gloucester Rugby programme 22nd Feb 72dpi

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Terry Hill

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(Photograph Copyright 2013 Stéphanie Bourgeois)

It was with great sadness that we reported the death of our friend and colleague, Terry Hill, who died at 2pm on Saturday 25th January 2014 in Cheltenham General Hospital. The photograph above shows Terry (right) following his last appearance with the Choir in Cheltenham Town Hall on 30th November 2013.

Funeral
Terry’s funeral was on Monday 17th February 2014, 1pm at Cheltenham Crematorium, South Chapel.
The Choir sang Terry’s requests Singing in the Rain (download PDF) and The Cotswold Song.

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Wednesday 12th February 2014
Dean Close School

ECHO

The Gloucestershire Echo came to rehearsal to video the Choir singing
“Men of Gloucester”
(see Gloucester Rugby above)

  

 

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