Londonderry Trip April 2019

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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Spring Concert April 2019

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

 

13 December 2018

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.

Baubles and Bows 2018

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

2nd Warwick Sea Scouts2nd 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.

On 8th February 2018, cheques for £1,250 were presented to Nick George for the Sea Scouts – the sum raised at our Christmas concert.

2nd Warwick Sea Scouts receiving their cheques

For more about 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts see their website, on Facebook or Twitter.

Bloodwise

BloodwiseSandra 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.

Village Voices raised £1750 for Bloodwise at its concert in June 2017 at Northgate Methodist Church. Sandra Hayward & Claire Darlington present the cheque to Anne Oliver for Bloodwise.
Bloodwise Cheque July 2017

See more about Bloodwise on their website or via Facebook.

7 December 2017

Singing at Guild Chapel, Stratford upon Avon. Readings and Carols in support of Springfield Mind This was following by refreshments in Stratford Town Hall.

 

28 October 2016

Guild Chapel in Stratford for the Springfield Mind charity. This was for a small group of singers from the choir to sing Christmas Carols with readings from supporters of the charity.

21 May 2016

Musicals & More. The choir performed a concert to a packed house at St Nicholas Church, Warwick, in aid of the Salvation Army ‘Way Ahead’ project.