Chester Male Voice Choir

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Saturday 5th December 2009 - Time For Melody - Chester Cathedral

5 December 2009 - Chester Cathedral

Time For Melody - a concert featuring Kevin Morgan (International Concert and Recording Organist) playing a programme of popular light music on the organ of Chester Cathedral. Also with The City of Chester Male Voice Choir. Tickets £8 available from Telephone 0161- 427-2180 or from the Cathedral Ticket Office Telephone 01244-500959. The concert is in aid of Mark Masons of Chester - Provincial Mark Benevolent Fund.

Telephone: 0161-427-2180

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Friday 4th December - Tree of Lights Service at the Countess of Chester Hospital

4 December 2009 - Countess of Chester Hospital

The Annual Service of the Tree of Lights at the Countess of Chester Hospital

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Saturday 31st October 2009 - Festival of Brass and Voices - Royal Albert Hall

31 October 2009 - Royal Albert Hall, London

The City of Chester Male Voice Choir is taking part in the 2009 Festival of Brass and Voices in aid of Cancer Research UK. Featuring a massed choir of male and female voice choirs from throughout the UK. Also featuring several Brass Bands.


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Sunday 25th October 2009 Northern Belle Concert in Chester Cathedral

25 October 2009 - Chester Cathedral

For the sixth consecutive year the City of Chester Male Voice Choir is pleased to present a private concert for the guest travellers on the famous Northern Belle train which of course is part of the Orient Express group. Starting at 4.30pm as the travellers arrive back from their journey that day the concert is private but visitors to the Cathedral at that time will be welcome to enjoy the experience of the singing.


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Sat. 24th October 2009 the 122nd Festival Concert with three male voice choirs, Ros Evans (Soprano) John Wilson (accompanist)

24 October 2009 - Chester Cathedral

For its 122nd Festival Concert the City of Chester Male Voice Choir joins with the Dorset Police Male Voice Choir and Shrewsbury Male Voice Choir in a Festival of Male Voices. The guest artiste is Ros Evans (Soprano) with John Wilson (Accompanist).

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Sunday 12th July 2009 at Llangollen Internation Eisteddfod

12 July 2009 - Appearances at Llangollen Internation Eisteddfod

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Saturday 27th June Concert at Hamilton Street Methodist Church, Hoole

27 June 2009 - Hamilton Street Methodist Church, Hoole

An Evening with

The City of Chester
Male Voice Choir
Harriet Jones

Saturday 27th June 2009
at Hamilton Street Church, Hoole, Chester

The City of Chester Male Voice Choir gave their welcome annual concert at Hamilton Street Methodist Church (where they rehearse on Sunday and Wednesday evenings) on Saturday evening, 27th June 2009. Their conductor, Rodney T Jones, drew much fine singing from the choir, with his sensitive interpretations of the music, excellently enhanced by Helen Everett’s superb piano accompaniments. Rodney introduced their second and third items, while all their other contributions were introduced by one of their members, Lance Howie, in his warm, entertaining manner, and he also sang the solo part in “I’s Weary of Waiting”, as well as conducting “Llanfair”, thus showing splendid versatility! Between the groups of choir items in each part, Harriet Jones (who is a member of this Church) sang several well-contrasting soprano solos, showing how wonderfully her singing has developed. Mike Williams admirably accompanied her at the piano with much sensitivity and, in “The Holy City”, John Evans provided a superb organ accompaniment. John is the Church’s organist and concert organiser and is to be congratulated on arranging so many first-rate and varied concerts.

A group of three pieces from the Choir opened this concert; “Non Nobis Domine” (words by Rudyard Kipling) was notable for sonorous tone in a strong performance, then a contrast in “The Rose”, with effective wordless parts behind the main melody and warm tone in the wonderful quiet ending. “There is a Green Hill Far Away” was sung to “The Valley of Roses” (composed on St David’s Day in 1985, and also has a Welsh title) and was most moving and stirring, with good attention to dynamics and precision in many details.

Lance then welcomed Harriet, who introduced each of her solos in a delightful, entertaining way. All of her singing in this concert was enhanced by appropriate facial expressions and hand movements. Her vocal technique and interpretative abilities are developing admirably, and already (at nearly 21) she has the ability to uplift an audience as well as many older singers. In the “Habanera” from Bizet’s “Carmen”, she caught the character superbly, including some effective upward swoops, a fine rhythmic feel and attention to detail as well as a good dynamic range, with strong French diction; a splendid musical interpretation. Harriet told the audience that she had used a theme of different places to link her songs, which showed a thoughtful piece of planning!

She showed her versatility in the very different style of Gounod’s “Entreat Me Not To Leave Thee” (from his oratorio, “Ruth”), with much thought in reflecting the words, producing plenty of contrasts and sustaining a lovely tone. Mike also showed fine versatility in his piano accompaniment of those two greatly contrasted songs, with fine balance in the Bizet, though in the Gounod, with its different style, just occasionally the balance favoured the piano! Harriet went to stand by the organ console for Stephen Adams’ “The Holy City”, the only one of her songs accompanied at the organ by John, who played with great sensitivity as always, with a fine balance, and Harriet’s performance was outstanding, really uplifting in its spirituality, with wonderfully strong tone, which drew a colossal ovation from the audience!

“Some Enchanted Evening” (from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”) opened the Choir’s second group in a splendid reading, with good dynamic contrasts, also in evidence in Verdi’s “Speed Your Journey” (“Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” from Nabucco), with fine rhythmic precision and sonorous tone, as well as much to admire in Helen’s piano playing! An old favourite came next, in “With Cat-Like Tread” from Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance”; really lively, full of energy, with the high tenors’ line sounding well over the rhythmic precision of the basses, and notable for attention to details. Lance’s solos in the closing item in part one, “I’s Weary of Waiting”, came over well, with good, sonorous contributions from the rest of the Choir, rising to a strong and really uplifting conclusion.

A pleasant, easy-going performance of “Sailing” by the Choir, with some lovely piano playing by Helen, opened part two, followed by a lyrical reading of “When I Fall In Love”. Then came “I Believe”, notable for good-toned, quiet singing as well as wonderfully sonorous sounds in full harmonies in the louder sections. There was good precision in the march rhythm of “Stout Hearted Men” (from Romberg & Hammerstein’s “The New Moon”), along with stirring singing of the counter-melodies.

Lance then welcomed Harriet back to sing a group of four songs which she introduced, starting with Bock’s “Far From The Home I Love” (from “Fiddler on the Roof”) in a beautiful and moving performance, full of characterisation helped by her facial expressions and enhanced by Mike’s piano playing. Kern’s “The Last Time I Saw Paris” demonstrated how well Harriet can bring out the contrasts between different feelings in music, followed by something completely different – the place now being Scotland! – before which she amusingly introduced us to a few Scottish dialect words which occur in “The Road to the Isles”. Her interpretation was delightful and full of colour, with a nice rallentando before each chorus; all this, along with Mike’s splendid additions to the piano part, took the audience to Scotland most effectively! Harriet then thanked Mike and John for accompanying her, as well as thanking John for inviting her to take part in this concert. For her last song, “Back In Your Own Back Yard” (Dreyer and Jolson), she invited everyone to join in the chorus, which added to the enjoyment, and Harriet gave another beautiful, well-characterised performance.

Before the Choir’s closing group of three items, John made a vote of thanks to Harriet, with his wife, Angela, presenting her with a lovely bouquet of flowers, after which we heard a splendid, jolly and humorous performance of “When The Saints Go Marching In”, with excellent diction. Lance then took his turn, as deputy conductor, by conducting a bright, uplifting and rousing performance of “Llanfair” (Welsh hymn), followed by John’s vote of thanks to the Choir, Helen, Rodney and Lance, before the Choir ended the concert with “An American Trilogy” culminating in “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, in a gloriously stirring performance. Apart from an occasional minor lapse of concentration, the Choir were on top form in this concert. The audience of about 100 gave them and Harriet, Mike and John really warm, enthusiastic receptions!
Ian Milnes – 3rd July 2009

Telephone: 012444 349931

Friday 26th June 2009 - Huxley and Hargrave Festival

26 June 2009 - Festival Marquee at Huxley

Saturday 13th June Concert at Wrexham Memorial Hall

13 June 2009 - Wrexham Memorial Hall

A concert at Wrexham Memorial Hall with the children of Bitesize Youth Theatre. The evening is in
support of their organisation which brings them the opportunity to
develop their desire to sing, dance and act. There is a very varied
range of ages involved. For ticket information see contacts below.

Telephone: 01978 358320
Website: http://

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28th to 31st May Concert tour to Weston Super Mare. Choir to sing in Gloucester and Wells Cathedrals

30 May 2009 - Weston Super Mare

From Thursday 28th May to Sunday 31st May the Choir will tour to Weston Super Mare.
on Thursday 28th (approx. 12.30pm) the Choir will sing in Gloucester Cathedral.
On Friday 29th May they are due to sing in Wells Cathedral.
On Saturday May 30th there is a joint concert with Cheddar MVC at 7:30pm Victoria Methodist Church, Weston Super Mare.
On the return journey to Chester on Sunday 31st May the Choir will visit and sing at the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum near to Lichfield. They are due there at 12.30pm.


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