Newsletter May 2019

CVMVC’s next concert is on Saturday, May 18th at 15.00 hrs at St Paul’s Church, Chipperfield. “A delightful venue on the village green, and opposite a good pub! “

Please note that the concert’s timing has been changed, to avoid a clash with other events in the village.

The programme will combine ‘songs from the shows’, with some less familiar pieces getting a ‘early run’ prior to the forthcoming concert in Gloucester cathedral.

We welcome the return of Alice Martin, who was awarded the Chess Valley Male Voice Choir bursary at this year’s Chesham Arts Festival, as the guest soloist.  Alice is 17 years old and in Year 13 at Wycombe High school where she is studying Music, English and French A levels. She has her Diploma in singing, Grade 8 flute and is currently preparing for her Grade 8 piano. Alice loves performing arts, and recently played Maria in the Royal Grammar School’s production of ‘West Side Story’. She enjoys competing in several music competitions throughout the year, and is auditioning soon to move up from the National Youth Training Choir of Great Britain into the main choir.

Tickets;£10 from Jeremy Wyman 01494 775631  or at the door

Parking; there is ample parking in the vicinity of the church

The Elgiva Gala Concert

On Saturday the 23rd March 2019 the Chess Valley Male Voice Choir (CVMVC) held a Gala concert at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham.  The event was in celebration of 25 years of CVMVC.  The evening was supported by The Rotary Club of Chesham, and proceeds will be going to both the choir’s main charity, Chiltern Music Therapy, and local charities supported by Rotary.

The Elgiva was gratifyingly full and all present agreed that it was a fantastic evening of entertainment full of energy by all involved in the concert.  The CVMVC was in good voice and performed songs ranging from ‘Thank you for the music’ by Abba to ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ by Julia Ward-Howe, New York, New York’ by Ebb/Kander, ending with a Welsh influence – Cwm Rhonda and Eli Jenkins’ Prayer.

Young musicians are always part of a CVMVC concert, and on this occasion we enjoyed the performance of The High Wycombe Music Centre Saxophone Choir directed by Katie Brown.

They performed with such irresistible enthusiasm the whole audience could only cheer and demand an encore.  Their soloist Jasmine Brown, the 16 year old daughter of the group director, was extraordinary and seems destined for great things in the future. From their playing it was clear that they enjoyed the evening, and it is hoped that they will be part of a future CVMVC concert.

London Marathon runner

Congratulations to first tenor, David Walker, who completed his 39th London marathon last month. David is one of a very select group of only 10 runners who have taken part in every race since the first London marathon in 1981.

Dave said the day went quite well, and he managed a much more consistent pace than last year, albeit a slow one.  Under  6 hours was his target, but he had to settle for 6 hours 22 minutes.

To date, David has raised in excess of £1300 for his chosen charity, the Stroke Association as his Uncle died a few weeks previously after a series of strokes. He thanks his church and Rotary communities and the choir for their support.

CVMVC Concert dates

15th June- Concert – Gloucester Cathedral. 12.30

30th June – Cream Teas Concert- St. Peter & St. Paul’s Church, Great Missenden. 14.30

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