A party of 79 choristers and supporters took a 5-day concert tour in the Netherlands, staying in the coastal town of Noordwijk. We performed concerts in the Groete kerke, Monnickendam, the Oude kerk, Zeist, and the Englese kerk, Amsterdam. All three concerts were very well supported by the local population - and we were pleased to receive standing ovations at each. We also took the opportunity to visit Arnhem, pausing to visit and sing at the John Frost bridge over the River Rhine at Arnhem (top photo). Deemed "A Bridge Too Far", the scene of massive losses of allied forces in September 1944. Whilst in Arnhem, we also visited the Ooseterbeek British War Cemetery to pay our respects. On the evening before that visit, we learned that one of our party, Second Tenor, Albert Evans, had lost a comrade in the fighting near Arnhem, and that he had never visited the area since those dark days. We were pleased to be able to help Albert locate his comrade’s grave in the cemetery. Another Second Tenor in our party, Jack Porter also saw service at Arnhem, and likewise it was his first return visit since the war. In tribute to our two colleagues, and to those who fought in that campaign, we sang Morte Criste at the entrance to the Cemetery. - This proved to be a very moving experience to all of the party.
On our return, we joined the Kidderminster Valentines in a concert at Kidderminster Town Hall on its 150th Anniversary.
Our Annual Concert took place as usual in Dudley Concert Hall when our guests were the Steve King Big Band, together with their soloist Lynn Dawes. It was at this concert when we formally presented his chain of office to our new Vice-President, Michael Collie. Michael and his wife, Gaye, have been very supportive of the choir since we first met him. It is worth noting that he attended one of our rehearsals and passed his initiation audition with flying colours - we are still waiting to hear him sing the news on the telly!!!
Our Celebrity Concert was held in Dudley Concert Hall, where our guests were The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain. What a concert this was, with some excellent entertainment from this very talented bunch of musicians
Special Guest in our Autumn concert was well known comedian and presenter Don Maclean.
We shared the stage with Phoenix West Midlands Brass and St Peter's Collegiate School Choir from Wolverhampton, and our compère for the evening was TV presenter, Philippa Tomson
We were pleased to announce that Philippa had been elected as one of our Vice-Presidents.