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100 and Counting
I was a great pleasure for the Choir to be invited to sing at the 100th Birthday Party of Gladys Knight held at Hallen Football club. The Choir processed into a packed hall decked with Union Flags singing ‘Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler’ before sing many favourite songs. During the final song which was ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ the entire audience of friends and family erupted into song and waving Union Flags.

While fellow Edge members were planning active events like running 10K, cycling or other imaginitive or strenuous fund raising activities for the Run to Red charities, we knew it was time to be resourceful and use our own talents. Terry enjoys being a member of the fabulous Bristol Male Voice Choir - the Choir love to support charity events - the seed was planted; a few months on and with helpers onboard for hospitality, sound and light, selling cakes and real coffee etc the evening was here. And what an evening. We were very proud of how the choir performed; the turnout, the range of songs, the beautiful sound and professionalism was a credit to you all. The whole ambience of the evening was more than we hoped for. The MC was humourous and he and the choir were especially encouraging to Peter from Edge who played 2 excellent piano recitals of Ludovico Einaudi's pieces. During the interval and since the event, we received encouraging remarks about the quality of sound, the venue, accompanist Elaine's piano skills, particularly in taking the choir through Bohemiem Rapsody. Amazing. The Choir were happy to mingle during the break and may have even found some new members? Thank you to each and every one. A perfect September evening ..... and no need to brave the running shoes. Phew! (By the way, we raised nearly £600 for R2R charities that night. A most sincere Thank you).

Winterbourne Concert

This was the choir’s second concert in Winterbourne following our debut last year in the magnificent historic Barn which is in process of  renovation and improvement by the local community. Our concert aimed to raise money  to support the rebuilding fund. Because of the re-building, the concert was held in St Michael’s Church, almost next door to the Barn, so our first set began on a suitably inspired note with “When the saints go marching in” followed by Robat Arwyn’s “Benedictus”, “Amazing Grace” “Ride the Chariot” and the Isaac Watts hymn “When I survey the wondrous cross” set to Emrys Jones’ equally well-known tune.

The lively land-bound sailors of the Frampton Shantymen sang two sets of their rousing sea-shanties, one of which was written by one of BMVC’s members, Ian Dye.  We heave-hoed back into action with our most recently learned song “Do you hear the people sing “ the third of our medley from “Les Miserables”. Our accompanist Elaine Smith earned even more brownie points than usual accompanying “Bohemian Rhapsody” and we finished the evening majestically with Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma”.
The ancient Church’s rafters quivered, the hardworking Barn fundraisers applauded and the audience were well satisfied as we added an encore to complete the evening.  Our thanks, as ever, to Jo and Elaine, to the irrepressible Shantymen, the Barn supporters and to our hosts at St Michael’s church. Here’s to the next time.


Again the weather was perfect for a great afternoon in Grove Park. Tea cold drinks and ice creams were selling fast as the Choir sang to an estimated audience of 250-300 people enjoying the Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon in the sunshine listening to the Choir going through its paces


Lovely "Lazy Sunday Afternoon" Aug 4 spent in Page Park Staple Hill Bristol listening to Bristol Male Voice Choir ..... and even the rain stayed away!

Good sing men


So on the Hottest day of the year so far the choir was out singing at Yate Shopping Centre for Southmead Hospital “Buskathon” event.

The event tent was too small to shade the choir so we were able to sing under a nearby shop canopy.

Thirsty work singing when people are walking past drinking cold drinks and eating ice creams. Oh yes and we will never forget the strawberry seller trying to out do us all performance with "Strawberries get your strawberries here only £1" they were nice though

Keep on Running

Well into the second half of the London Marathon Graham Lemin (B1) was really starting to struggle, until he was offered a HARIBO!! with renewed energy he was able to sprint off eventually finishing in 5 hours 58 mins and raising £2000 for Amnesty International. Graham said he is going to run a half marathon in the autumn……. Better get stocked up on the HARIBO’S Graham.

Chorister of the Year 2019

Congratulations to Mike Trevallion who has been made Chorister of the year 2019. Mike was choir concert secretary for almost 20 years until stepping down last year.  Well done Mike and thanks for all that you have done for the Choir.




Cornish International Male Voice Choir Festival 2019, has to be one of the longest competition names on record! Having said that it does claim to be the biggest festival of it kind in the world with male choirs from all over the world.
BMVC had a great weekend staying in Newquay and traveling to various venues to give joint concerts with other choirs.
We took part in the 40 and under category and came a respectable joint 6th out of 17, not bad considering some of the choirs were semi-professional.

(left) Saturday morning. Competition time in Truro Cathedral




Saturday evening.  Concert in Liskeard Public Hall with Liskerrett MVC, Australian Rugby Choir, Hims and Arias, Polperro Fishermen’s Choir






Sunday lunch time. Concert at Healey’s Cider Farm







Sunday evening. St Petroc’s Church  Bodmin with   Mid Cornwall Imerys Male Choir, Pelynt Male Choir Barry MVC St Stithians College & Prep. (S.Africa).