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Press Release February 2018

From:  Bill Hill, Press Officer   

Mobile: 07972 013 614               E-Mail: ROTMalevoicechoir@outlook.com

About the Choir

The choir start their 35th year of performing in 2018, ending 2017 with their yearly Christmas celebration with Christmas concerts at St Mary’s Church in Radcliffe, where not only the choir sings but guests also perform; once again the Radcliffe Junior School Choir charmed the audience and the Newstead Brass Band delighted them with their excellent playing and enthusiastic performance.  It is one of the basic tenets of the choir that new and upcoming talent should be given an opportunity and a platform to shine, as well as joining forces with established choirs and musical ensembles.  In 2017 the choir performed with guitarist Adam Watson, soprano Alicia Hill, mezzo-soprano Olivia Caputa, flautist and multi-instrumentalist Chris Hill and clarinettist Matt Glendenning plus the Norwich Phoenix Choir and the Beaufort (Ebbw Vale) Choir. Every year the choir seeks to expand the number of soloists that join them.

Since they were founded the choir has raised an estimated £400,000 plus for charity, fund-raining being a principal objective of the choir by assisting and supporting charitable institutions; in addition to studying and practicing choral music to foster public knowledge and appreciation of such music by public performance.

Future Activities

In 2018 the choir will be as busy as ever, performing locally on Saturday 3rd February at Bingham Methodist Church, starting at 7.30 with the young soloist the Flautist Katie Miller from Toot Hill School. This will be followed by a workshop, details which will be available soon, from the choir, followed by a March engagement on Saturday 3rd March at The Crossing, Worksop starting at .7.30 with a young soloist from Worksop College. The choir is then then further afield at Ely Cathedral and Godmanchester around Easter.

 

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Previous News

Annual Dinner – 25th November 2017

Our most recent gathering was at Ashmores restaurant, Radcliffe-on-Trent, on Saturday 25th November when some 60 members and partners enjoyed the 2017 Annual Dinner. Entertainment was provided by the Higgs Bosen Shanty Band who provided several pieces which we joined in, including the haunting “Wild Irish Thyme”.  The  Tom Taylor and Mike Pratt awards were presented. The former (for highest attendance) to Brian Bull, John Parry and Don Maltby while Garry, or as we now know, Garrick, Wright received the latter trophy which goes to the non committee member deemed by a panel of Past Chairmen, to have made marked contributions over a number of years.

New MD Appointed

We were happy that Michael Bonshor joined us for the start of the 2017/18 Choir year. A summary of Michael’s achievements and interests can be found on http://radcliffeontrentmvc.org/about-us/musical-director/.

Since taking up the baton in September 2017, new MD Michael has  guided us  in three Concerts and, on 15th November 2017,  at a Service celebrating the life of Richard Cumberland, one of our long standing members. Richard’s  recent death was a great loss to us as well as to his family and friends to whom we express our condolences.

Last Concerts of 2016-17 Season

The choir’s last concert of the 2016/17 season on 1st July 2017 was a resounding success, in the ancient and beautiful church of St Mary, at East Leake. The church was almost full, many in the audience had heard us sing at the church before, and so returned to listen to the men of Radcliffe Male Voice Choir, and Matt Glendenning, soloist extraordinaire. His dexterity and skill with his two clarinets was nothing short of amazing and truly delightful. As regards the choir’s performance, a regular supporter of the choir remarked that it was one of the best concerts she had heard us sing…. and she has been following the choir for over thirty years!

​The previous concert, on 3rd June 2017, was at Sutton on Trent Methodist Church, together with soloist Olivia Caputa, another talented former Cantamus singer. This was to celebrate the Diamond Wedding of a long term choir member, Gordon Ellis, and his wife.  We are happy to report that as a result of this event  £1,275 was raised for their Church funds.

Previous Concerts 2017

Our final performances in 2017 comprised our dual Charity Christmas Concerts held in the afternoon and evening of  December 16.  At each  we welcomed the NEWSTEAD BRASS, a very well known  Nottinghamshire band, under its Director John Davis.  For the Matinee we were very pleased to again welcome, for the 15th successive year, the Radcliffe on Trent Junior School Choir. The Matinee was delightfully compered by Clare Allsopp, now Head Teacher but formerly, in 2003, the first Music Leader.

The evening Concert was to have been compered  by Radio Nottingham’s Colin Slater but he had to withdraw due to suffering an accident.  However we were very fortunate to have our Choir President and local MP Ken Clarke step into the breach at very short notice.  (As he mentioned  – it made a great change from endless discussions of Brexit!)

Each year we choose a Charity to support with proceeds from these Concerts. These may be National or local. This year the Chosen recipient of the proceeds is the Friary Drop-in Centre in West Bridgeford.

Since taking up the baton in September 2017 our Choir’s new MD, Michael Bonshor, had  previously conducted us in two Concerts and, on 15th November 2017, at a Service celebrating the life of Richard Cumberland, one of our long standing members. Richard’s  recent death was a great loss to us as well as to his family and friends to whom we express our condolences.

The Choir sang at at Keyworth in October   at a concert in support of RNLI which raised over £1,700 for that worthy charity.  On November 18th, together with our guests from the Land of Song, the Beaufort Male Choir, we performed at a well attended concert in Grantham as a result of which  the Christchurch community Project benefited by over £2,500.00.