Autumn 2010 -This poster outside Dudley Concert Hall tells it all!
Our first concert of the new decade was at St Bernadette's Church in Wombourne and featured items from the Choir's repertoire plus solo items from individual choristers.
We appeared in a joint concert at the Dormston Theatre in Sedgley with the visiting St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir ... Also appearing with us were sisters, Laura and Julia, two very talented musicians from Lower Gornal.
Maggie O'Hara and Annie Hodkinson joined us when we added our support to the Mayor of Dudley's Charity Appeal in a concert at Holy Trinity Church Amblecote.
Holy Trinity Church, Wordsley was the venue for a summer concert which gave us the opportunity to launch some new repertoire items.
One rehearsal in October took the form of an open evening when members of the public who were interested in finding out more about life in a male voice choir with a view to joining us were given the opportunity to attend ...
Our final appearance in 2010 was our customary "free and easy" seasonal charity sing along at the Jolly Crispin pub in Sedgley.
Another Dudley Concert and Some Events Further Afield
Crying "God for Harry, England and Saint George!" was on the agenda as we participated in Dudley Council's celebrations of St George's Day - appearing on stage at Dudley Concert Hall with the Band of the Parachute Regiment. We were pleased that the audience included a couple of Parachute Regiment Veterans who had served in "Operation Market Garden" at Arnhem in the Second World War.
In Wales we had a welcome in the hillsides - or, at least by the seaside when we stayed at a couple of hotels on the seafront at Tenby, and participated in a joint concert with the Tenby Male Voice Choir in St Mary's Church.
Without our knowledge (because we always watch the conductor!!), we were filmed as we sang "An American Trilogy" with the Tenby Choir and the resultant video has been discovered on YouTube - although the Tenby Choir is almost invisible.
Click on the YouTube Play button to see and hear GSMVC & Tenby Male Voice Choir singing "An American Trilogy".
Another "on the road" event was a massed choir event in Cheltenham Town Hall with the other member choirs of the English Association of Male Voice Choirs.
We participated in a massed male voice choir event in Birmingham Symphony Hall to help Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir celebrate their 110th anniversary.
Our 2011 Spring Concert featured young soprano, Faryl Smith, who shot to fame on the television show "Britain's Got Talent" Adrian Goldberg of Radio WM and Radio Five Live was the compère for evening.
This year’s EAMVC Concert was held in Worcester Cathedral.
In our local area we were invited to sing at a re-dedication ceremony for a Howitzer Shell (originally presented to the people of Wordsley as thanks for their fund-raising efforts during the First World War) but now restored, and on display in Wordsley Community Centre. We also appeared in the Mayor of Dudley’s charity, Kingswinford and five community concerts in Penn, Netherton, Stourbridge, Kinver and Wombourne – the latter being a concert produced by our Assistant accompanist, Phil James.
Lesley Garrett was the special guest at our Autumn Concert, and once again, we were very pleased to be able to put up the “Sold Out” notices. Michael Collie acted as compère at this concert.
In the autumn, we shared the “stage” in St Mary’s Church, Kingswinford with Builth Male Voice Choir who were visiting the Black Country for the weekend. The church was full and the audience was in raptures (this concert was in aid of two local charities “Action Heart” and “The Georgina Ward, Russells Hall Hospital Leukaemia Support Appeal”
The 2011 Festival of Remembrance featured Sovereign Brass and the new local singing sensation, Simbi Akande. Our compère for the evening was the Black Country Comedienne, Marlene.
Our customary "Christmas Singalong" took place in the Jolly Crispin pub in Gornal. The pub was so full when we arrived that a game of musical chairs had to be played to generate some space for us to perform. Rob, the landlord, told us he will be thinking about a marquee extension for 2012!
Our final event for the year was our Christmas Charity Concert - on this occasion, joined by The Langley Band, Oldswinford C of E Primary School Choir and compère, Annie Hodkinson.