Each year choir members select one or more charities to benefit from funds raised at our charity concerts. Over the past 6 years we have raised over £13,000 and benefited 9 local charities.
Our Chosen Charity for 2018 was the Helping Hands Community Project.
The funds raised from our concerts in 2017 supported 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts and Bloodwise.
Friday 12th to Monday 15th April a number of the choir visited Londonderry. During their stay they were joined by Thornhill Chamber Choir and Colmcille Ladies Choir in concert on Saturday 13th April at the First Derry Presbyterian Church where £820 was raised in aid of The North West Cancer Centre.
The choir also attended and sang at the First Derry Presbyterian Church Service on Sunday 14th April officiated by the Reverend David Latimer the church minister.
We are so grateful that David McGuckin, the superb church organist, was able to accompany the choirs and congregation, on piano and organ, at both the concert and Sunday service.
The visit to Derry was masterminded by our musical director, Trevor Barr; and during our stay he introduced us the architecture, history and culture of his home city, as well as finding time to rehearse and conduct the choir. Our grateful thanks go to Trevor and all who helped to organise our very successful and enjoyable time in Northern Ireland.
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On Saturday 6th April Village Voices combined with the Coventry Male Voice Choir presented a concert at Dale Street Methodist Church, Leamington Spa which raised over £1,300 for the Royal National Lifeboat Association.
Village Voices directed by Trevor Barr with Roger Haygreen accompanist. We were delighted to be joined by two very special guests:
Ellie Aitchison – Violinist
Imogen Parsley – Soprano
Singing at the Guild Chapel, Stratford upon Avon. Readings and Carols in support of Springfield Mind. This was followed by refreshments in Stratford Town Hall.
Our main Christmas Concert “Baubles and Bows” on Saturday 1st December 2018 at Warwick Methodist Church raised £1,300 for the Helping Hands Community Project. The concert was directed by Trevor Barr with Julie Edwards accompanist. The choir was delighted to be joined by some very special guests, accompanied on piano by Trevor Barr:
Belinda Morley – Mezzo Soprano
Terry Street – Alto Saxophone
2nd Warwick Sea Scouts was one of two charities supported by Village Voices in 2017. It has 160 members who come from Warwick, Leamington and the surrounding area. The Group is committed to providing equal opportunities in scouting for girls, who make up 50% of their number, consisting of Beavers (6 – 8 years), Cubs (8 – 10), Scouts (10 – 14) and Explorers (14 – 18 years).
They are recognised by the Admiralty for their proficiency in water based skills, leadership, training and provision of a full range of scouting activities plus sailing, canoeing, rowing etc. They also carry out community service and support local charities.
Demand to join is high, they have over 100 on their waiting list. They want to train new leaders and provide extra training for existing leaders so they can open another Beaver section and Cubs section and enlarge their Scout and Explorer sections.
Sandra Hayward (Soprano) proposed the Heart of England Branch of Bloodwise, which is a charity dedicated to fighting all forms of blood cancer, as a charity supported by Village Voices in 2017. Her good friend, Anne Oliver, is the chair of the Heart of England Branch of Bloodwise. Anne and her husband, Jack, lost their younger daughter, Sophie, to Leukaemia about 20 years ago when Sophie was just 7 years old. Since then, Anne has worked tirelessly to support the Leukaemia Research Fund which later became known as Bloodwise, they are a small group of local voluntary supporters whose lives have been touched by blood cancer. They operate mainly in Leamington, Kenilworth, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon, holding street collections and fund raising events.
They will support our events by selling tickets, providing static displays and talking to an audience.
Singing at Guild Chapel, Stratford upon Avon. Readings and Carols in support of Springfield Mind This was following by refreshments in Stratford Town Hall.
Deck The Halls A Christmas Concert at Dale Street Methodist Church, Leamington Spa. This was our main concert for the autumn, in support of the Salvation Army Way Ahead Project. There is more in our Deck the Halls page
‘Stuff the Turkey’, a Christmas Concert at St Nicolas Church, Warwick in aid of SW Heart. With Coventry Male Voice Choir.
Refreshments – mince pies & wine – courtesy of Aldi.
A concert at St Margaret’s Church Whitnash in aid of the Whitnash Charitable Trust. Tickets £7.50 including glass of wine / tea.
The choir joined other local music groups at Warwick DC Chairman, Richard Davies, Christmas concert at Leamington Town Hall in aid of Dogs for the Disabled, the Heart of England Community Foundation and the Royal Regiment Of Fusiliers Aid Society.
A concert Songs for a Summer Evening at St Nicholas, Warwick in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Village Voices presented a new repertoire and many old favourites.
‘Baubles & Berries’. A Seasonal Concert at St Nicholas Church, Warwick. We shared the event with The Spa Strummers ukulele band and supporting The Leamington Homeless Action Project.
Warwick District Council Chairman’s Christmas Charity Concert at Leamington Town Hall in aid of Castel Froma (incorporating the Helen Ley Care Centre) and Myton Hospice.
A concert to raise fund towards St John the Baptist Church, Wappenbury.
‘Frolic’; a concert at Long Itchington Church helped to raise £400 towards church restoration.
Songs and music with a ‘Watery’ theme were the basis of a concert in support of Water Aid at St Nicholas Church Warwick.
The choir entertained Christmas shoppers on the steps of Leamington Town Hall in support of the ‘Save the Children’ fund fund who organised a craft fair in the Town Hall. The event raised £5,000 for the charity.
On a pleasant summers day the Skellingthorpe Choir from Lincoln enjoyed a guided tour round Leamington. After a joint rehearsal and refreshments, the two choirs joined forces to entertain the audience in Weston-under-Wetherley Village Hall. Proceeds from the concert go to the Warwickshire Northamptonshire Air Amulance.
Our concert on 11 June at Galanos House, Southam, the Royal British Legion Poppy Home for ex-service people and their dependents, raised £570 towards the Galanos House Amenities Fund which enables residents to have trips out and short holidays.
The choir helped liven the pre-Christmas spirit at the ‘Cricketers’ pub in Archery Road, Warwick and collected money for Myton Hospice and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
The Choir sang at Cubbington Village Hall and helped to raise £600 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.