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Concert Dates for 2024

Our concert dates for 2024 are 20th July Leamington Spa (see below), 9th November – Remembrance and 14th December. Details to follow.

Fund Raising for Charities

In 2024 the choir will be raising funds for the local charity New Chapters.

In 2023 the choir raised £4,325 for Rufus’ Friends’ Fund and £336 for Myton Hospice.

20th July 2024

On Saturday 20th July 7.30pm at Dale Street Methodist Church, Leamington CV32 5HL Village Voices will be presenting a concert in aid of the local charity New Chapters, which will include:

Movements from Zimbe! – Alexander L’Estrange,
Adiemus – Karl Jenkins,
Sing Gently – Eric Whitacre,
Greater Love – Ireland,
Locus Iste – Bruckner,
Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton,
Something Inside So Strong – Labi Siffre.

As Alexander L’Estrange turns 50, Karl Jenkins turns 80, and Anton Bruckner would have been 200, Village Voices celebrates some of their fabulous music with space for celebration and reflection.

We also remember the 110th anniversary of the start of WWI and the 80th anniversary of D-Day with John Ireland’s music setting the words ‘Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’.

We invite you to bathe in the beautiful sounds of Eric Whitacre’s Sing Gently and finish the concert back in Africa with Labi Siffre’s empowering Something Inside So Strong.

Tickets £10 (accompanied children under 16 free) available from choir members or on the door (cash only).


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Rufus Friends Fund Presentation 16th May 2024

At the start of our choir session on Thursday evening 16th May, Irene, who had requested we support the local charity Rufus’ Friends’ Fund in 2023, presented a cheque for £4,325 on behalf of the choir to representatives of the charity.

 

Galanos House 11th May 2024

Members of the choir sang at Galanos House in Southam. The care home is exclusively for the Armed Services community and the choir was invited to perform a number of their favourite pieces of music, old and not so old, for residents and family at the home.

 

 

We had a lovely response to our performance, we even had some of the audience dancing to our version of Rock around the Clock!

 

23rd March 2024

Village Voices and guests held a ‘Spring Sing’ Concert on Saturday 23rd March at 7.30pm St Nicholas Church, Radford Semele, which raised £1,125 in aid of the local charity New Chapters.

The packed audience was entertained by a variety of popular songs – old and newish – and enjoyed listening to the wonderful soloists Abby Taylor and Eva Hope, plus a rare public appearance of the Front Room Attic Band, with special guest Peter Wimpenny on banjo and saxophone. Please click on the link below for the full programme details.

Concert Programme

Very many thanks to our musical director, Kieron Howe and accompanist, Roger Haygreen, for making the evening such a resounding success.

Also many thanks for all those behind the scenes, including those who prepared the raffle prizes and sold tickets; Top Nosh for providing the delicious refreshments and the catering team; and those who moved all the furniture before and after the concert.

Not forgetting those who organised the concert and created and distributed the publicity material.

Finally, many thanks to St Nicholas Church for allowing us to use their lovely venue.

We have one video from the concert, Kiss from a Rose:

 

Below are some audio recordings of the concert:

Village Voices

Wind Beneath My Wings by Harry Henley & Jeff Soilbar Arr. Roger Emerson

When I’m 64 by John Lennon & Paul McCartney

Kiss from a Rose by Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel Arr. Timothy Allen

Can You Feel the Love Tonight Music Elton John, Lyrics Tim Rice Arr. Keith Christopher

 

Front Room Attic Band & Village Voices

Wagon Wheel by Bob Dylan & Ketch Secor of the Old Crow Medicine Show

Slow Train by Hans Theessink

Singing The Blues by Melvin Endsley

 

Village Voices

Sloop John B Traditional Bahamas folksong Arr. Gwyn Arch

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen Arr. Roger Emerson

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle

Believer by Daniel Reynolds, Daniel Sermon, Benjamin McKee, Daniel Platzman, Justin Tranter, Mattias Larsson & Robon Fredricksson Arr. Mark Brymer

 

The Choir + Peter Wimpenny on Sax, Roger Haygreen on piano, Ian Moore on Bass Guitar & Nigel Hulme on Drums

Rock Around the Clock by Mac C Freedman & Jimmy De Knight Arr. Geoff Funk

 


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