March 2023 … Rushcliffe Local News
The Christmas Concert 2022….
John Bartle interviewed by Radio Nottingham about membership and after lockdown. ……
In November 2022, the RoTMVC visited Radcliffe on Trent Primary School…
Our MD, Deborah, was recently interviewed by Radio Nottingham. You can listen here….
Alistair’s welcome to the choir of Ian Taylor, Kevin McGowan and Chris Terry, Thursday 28th July 2022…..
Some of the singers were happy to visit Radcliffe on Trent carnival in July 2022, just for the enjoyment of a warm, summer afternoon singing!
On the wonderfully warm day of 2nd of July, 2022, the choir visited Holme Pierrepont church and performed two sets with an encore!
An earlier engagement, on 4th June, was a return to the National Trust’s Clumber Park Chapel, where we had previously sung on the 19th March. On this occasion, we sang two separate 30 min sessions, at 12.00 and 13.40, as part of the local National Trust’s Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. This left time to enjoy a picnic or use of the large adjacent cafe and a stroll around this beautiful park and lake.
2. Our previous performance, on Saturday 21st May, was part of the MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL held at the Radcliffe Methodist Church on Shelford Road. (See photo of us and the RoT Ladies Choir combining for the finale). This event raised over £2300.00 for the Rainbow Hospice and The DEC Ukraine Appeal. To show the variety of talent on show see the program below.
3. On the 1st of May the Radcliffe on Trent Male Voice Choir was honoured to be one of the invited choirs from the East Midlands to Sing For Ukraine, organised by Bestwood MVC. This event showcased the power and subtlety of Male voices in concert. The program featured favourite pieces chosen by each choir and specific Anthems for Ukraine. The event raised just over £3,000.00 for the chosen charity!
4. On Saturday, 12th March, we held our Spring Concert together with the Derwent Brass and the Radcliffe Junior School choir. The proceeds were for the benefit of Nottingham’s Maggie’s Cancer Charity. The photos below show our Musical Director, Deborah Davies, and the Choir with the Derwent Brass.
Previous updates:- We were pleased to report that on Thursday 13th January we held our first practice of the New Year and sincerely hoped that there would be no more interruptions due to Covid. However, we sadly have to report the recent deaths of two very valued associates of the choir.
The first loss, on December 30th, was one of our own, Colin Macmillan, a member of the Baritone Section since 2013. We were invited to sing at Colin’s Funeral on the 4th Feb at Edwalton Holy Rood Church.
The second loss, on January 10th, was the passing of a very well-known and loved local sports commentator and journalist, Colin Slater, one of whose attributes were a distinctive resonant voice whether heard on local radio describing a winning goal for his beloved Notts County F. C or, in more measured tones while compering one of our Christmas Concerts over the past 20 or so years. We extend our sincere condolences to the families of these two gentlemen both of whom, in their own way, contributed greatly to the past success of our choir.
CHRISTMAS 2021 ACTIVITY
We performed the first of our two scheduled Christmas concerts on the afternoon of Saturday 4th Dec at David Rose’s Eco Farm Barn at Screveton, near Car Colston. The photo below, courtesy of Choir member Geoff Warrington, shows us enjoying mulled cider at the interval.
This was part of a Christmas Fair which included local craft and produce stalls, children’s tractor rides, mulled cider and mince pies and a Nativity playlet which featured Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter ending with a stable scene with cattle and sheep from the farm. The concert featured a variety of carols the singing of many of which we were enthusiastically joined by the extensive audience. A most enjoyable experience marking our first public performance since December 2019!
Our second seasonal event was to have been our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CHARITY CONCERT which was to have taken place at Grange Hall, Radcliffe on Trent at 2.30 pm Saturday 18th December but was cancelled due to Covid constraints.
As of the 2nd September 2021, we returned to practising each Thursday in the newly refurbished Methodist Church, Shelford Rd., Radcliffe on Trent. These practices start at 7 pm and any interested folk are welcome to sit in.
July 1st 2021 marked the occasion of our first live practice since early 2020. This was attended by 20 members, including our MD Deborah Davies and Accompanist Eleonora Babitskaya. Those attending were expected to wear masks, have had two vaccinations and to have self-tested. The following three photos are of this event which took place in a well-ventilated barn at Home Farm, Screveton, each Thursday in July 2021.
Due to the ongoing medical crisis and “lockdown regulations” we were not meeting or performing en bloc between Feb 2020 and Ist July 2021, but many were in contact via the internet during Zoom practices. We also had the opportunity of using our online practice files so ably collated by choir member Bill Hill.
Dec 4th, 2020
Feb / 2020
From: Bill Hill, Press Officer
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A CHOIR’S FAREWELL
The Radcliffe On Trent Male Voice Choir sang farewell to their long-standing member David Banks, on the occasion of his Celebration and Thanksgiving service on 10th February at St John of Beverley, Whatton in the Vale.
Over 30 choir members sang two of his favourite pieces, the devotional Morte Christie and the spiritual Oh What A Morning, followed by a commendation and blessing. The choir was accompanied by long-standing pianist Eleonora Babitsky and directed by Deborah Davies, who also played the organ. The choir’s previous Musical Director Richard Howarth also attended, and a fine address was given by Alan Haydock to a large congregation, such is the affection in which David was held. Snow and wind did not deter those attending and Mrs Judith Banks was able to thank everyone present at the church hall post service reception. David supported many aspects focused on the choir in addition to serving as Chairman, not least being an enthusiastic participant in many sailing adventures.
WELCOME NEWS. We are delighted to announce that, as of September 2020, Deborah Davies has accepted our invitation to be appointed our Musical Director.
You may not be aware of the fact that almost every public performance by our Choir results in the raising of Charitable funds, perhaps, for example, for the fabric of the building being sung in or for third-party causes, often local or national organisations. Examples of the latter include our Annual Christmas Carol concerts which in 2020 would have been directed at MAGGIES. Despite the fact that these concerts were cancelled due to the Pandemic a number of sponsors and supporters have together ensured that the sum of £690.00 will be passed on to the above in due course.
As another example of our usual activities you may like to view and listen to one of our recordings, this is one of the HALLELUYA CHORUS as sung in the Chandlers Ford Methodist Church at a joint concert with the Romsey MVC while on tour in April 2016, if so click here.
For previous activities of the Choir scroll down on this page or visit other pages via the menu list at the top of this page. Our most recent public activity, on 19th Dec. 2019, was our traditional carol singing tour of local care homes while our LAST TWO PERFORMANCES when we were joined by the Newstead Brass Band and, in the Matinee, the RoT Junior school Choir, comprised our Annual Afternoon and Evening Charity Christmas Concerts at St Mary’s Parish Church, Radcliffe, held at 2.30 pm and 7.00 pm on Saturday 14th December 2019. On this occasion, the recipient Charity was “BACKUP” for which the amazing sum of £2,174.00 was raised.
FOR MORE INFORMATION on the BACKUP Charity visit the following link:
“How Backup helped” (Allan Nicholl’s personal Testimony).
GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO THE CHOIR: Our home base is the village of Radcliffe on Trent in Nottinghamshire. The Choir was formed in 1983, has sung over 500 Concerts and raised over £400,000 for charity, performing in varied locations including Westminster Hall, The Albert Hall, The Cutty Sark in Greenwich, Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, Belvoir Castle, village halls, 20 different cathedrals and numerous churches. Internationally, the choir has performed in Belgium, Germany, Italy, France and Wales. We have also exchanged visits with a South African Choir while singing at 5 concerts in the Cape Town area. As well as singing, the membership, friends and families have varied communal interests some of which are seen in the poster below:
For the latest information on the Radcliffe Male Voice Choir please visit other pages of this website (www.radcliffeontrentmvc.org). Also a Facebook Page has now been launched at www.facebook.com/ROTMVC.
Prior to the Christmas concerts noted above our previous appearance, on Sunday 1st December, was as one of the “acts” invited to perform at the Melton Mowbray Victorian Christmas Market. This enjoyable event was a fine introduction to the festive season both for ourselves and those present at this craft and produce display.
Before that, we sang at the Notts Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 10th November when we joined a number of other choirs in Radio Nottingham’s Choir Festival “MARK’S BIG SING” (see Poster below) supporting CHILDREN in NEED at which over £8000 was raised. Clicking HERE will show Choir photos and brief singing excerpts:-
Previous to the above,on October 5th at the RoT British Legion Club we had sung in support of local charities, when we were joined by the very talented ELLIE:-
Before our 2019 summer break our three previous Concerts were, on 23rd July, at Lark Hill Retirement Village; on 21st June, at Long Bennington Village Hall and on 11th May, with the Norwich Phoenix Choir at Christ Church, Grantham.
Earlier in the year- we were invited to appear at the RoT Parish Council AGM to receive their Chairman’s award for services to the Community. See photos below:
Representatives of all Awarded Groups:
RMVC Vice Chair Rod Haslam receiving the Plaque from RoT Parish Council Chair David Barton. (nb Photos 1&3 are courtesy of Michael Bedford.)
Other recent activities included a SPRING CONCERT TOUR from 5th – 7th April, when, while staying in Cheltenham the Choir had 3 engagements:
- 6th April – Lunchtime RECITAL IN GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL.
- 6th April – Evening Concert at St Georges Parish Church, Upper Cam.
- 7th April – Joint Concert with Cirencester MVC at Cirencester Baptist Church.
- 10th April – Recital in Grange Hall, RoT, in support of the Blue Bird “help for aged” initiative.
Early in 2019, we held an eight-week SINGING COURSE which started on 10th January 2019 and attracted 12 new members. To mark its conclusion we, together with the course participants, held a “Mini” CONCERT on Thursday 7th March at the Methodist Church, Shelford Rd., RoT, for partners and friends at which 10 numbers were sung, 5 of which were learnt during the course.
This was an enjoyable event which, incidentally, also raised £386 for Prostate Cancer Charities.