Worrall Male Voice Choir Archive


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22nd February 2016

The Choir AGM was held commencing at 7:30pm in Worrall Independent Chapel. The current Committee was re-elected with the addition of Martin Price, and the new make up is as follows:-

Mark Rotchell, Ian Pasley. John Adamson, Hugh Prewett, Alan Barber, Frank Street, Peter Revitt, David Atkinson, Terry Else , Lewis Atkinson, Martin Price.

26th March 2016

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23rd April 2016

The first "Friends in Harmony" concert featuring the combined choirs of Worrall and Bolsterstone MVCs commenced at 7pm at Christ Church Stocksbridge.   A full house greeted the 70 + voices of the combined choirs of Bolsterstone and Worrall as they took to the stage, for what promised to be a magical evening of music.   They were joined by 18 young people from Stocksbridge Junior School and ere led by their music teacher.

Throughout the evening the choirs managed to sing pieces in German, Latin, Zulu with some English words thrown in.   The young people from school excelled themselves, introducing their own items and singing their first two items unaccompanied: during their second spot, they were accompanied by a backing track and had now lost all signs of nerves, singing confidently and with excellent diction, receiving rapturous applause.

6th May 2016

Sadly the Choir had to say goodbye to two long standing members recently - Roy Wilkinson and Frank Street.   Roy was a stalwart supporter of the Choir and the Ladies Support Group even after having to retire as a singing member due to ill health.   Frank was also a Committee member of longstanding and was our "quartermaster" who looked after our uniform and choir merchandise sales.   They will both be sadly missed

7th May 2016

Friends in Harmony Concert


The choir were joined by Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir,  singing as one choir,  with guests Simeon Wood and Sian Voller.   The concert was compered by Roger Bingham.

The joint choir started the concert by singing 3 pieces, commencing with "The Song of the Jolly Roger" by Candish, "In Saint Paul's" by Warrell, and concluding this section with "When the Saints go marchin' in" arranged by Hood. Simeon then demonstrated his amazing skills on a number of wind instruments, playing 5 pieces including "Annie's Song by Denver, "Typewriter Song" by Anderson, and concluding with "Gabriel's Oboe Theme" by Morricone. Sian then sang two pieces - "Chanson Triste" by Duparc and "Die junge Nonne" by Schubert. The joint choir returned to complete the first part of the concert by singing 2 more pieces - "Balm in Gilead" arranged by Humphreys, and "Medley from 'Phantom of the Opera'" by Lloyd Webber arranged by Wiltshire.  

 Sian Voller

Sian in action

After the interval, the choir took to the stage again to sing 3 more pieces - "African Trilogy" arranged by Arch, "Sanctus" by Schubert, and "Can you feel the love tonight" by Elton John. Simeon returned to play 5 more pieces including "Skye Boat Song", "Moon River" by Mancini, and finished with "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles" by The Proclaimers. During this section, he also managed to play an NHS Walking Stick - quite remarkable. Sian returned to sing another 2 pieces - "Ae fond kiss" arranged by Moffat and "Waldgesprach" by Schumann. The choir then returned to finish the concert with 3 pieces - "The Lord's Prayer" by Malotte arranged by Deis, "The Lost Chord" by Sullivan arranged by Simmons, and "American Trilogy" arranged by Humphreys.

 Simeon in action

Simeon Wood

 The Joint Choir sing

The Joint choir in action

The concert was attended by around 280 people and more pictures taken on the night can be found our Facebook page

11th June 2016

The choir took part in a concert to help raise funds for "Amy's House" at Christ Church, Stannington commencing at 7:00pm.   We were joined by the Sheffield Cathedral Young Voices - you can read more about them by clicking on the link here, and look for the section on the "Young Voices" on that page.

The choir started the concert by singing 5 pieces - these included "When the Saints go marching in" (arranged by Hood), and "The Lord's Prayer" by Albert Hay Malotte (arranged by Deis).  The Cathedral Young Voices then sang 5 pieces including "Amazing Grace" (arranged by Peters), and "Blackbird" by The Beatles.    The choir then concluded the first half of the concert by singing "With cat-like tread" by Sullivan (arranged by Rapley), and "Phantom of the Opera medley" by Lloyd Webber (arranged by Wiltshire).

After a short interval,  Maurice Littlewood gave a short talk about the charity - if you would like to read more, click on the link here.   The choir then sang 5 more pieces to conclude the concert - including "Anthem" [from Chess] by Andersson and Ulvaeus (arranged by James), and "The Lost Chord" by Sullivan (arranged by Simmons). The concert raised £ 300 for the "Amys House" charity.

24th September 2016

Music of the Night - Concert with Ecclesfield Handbell Ringers


 Ecclesfield Church

The Concert Venue

The choir held a concert in Ecclesfield Parish Church commencing at 7:30pm. We were joined by Ecclesfield Handbell Ringers.

The choir opened the concert by singing 5 pieces from the current repertoire - these included "The Rose" by McBroom (Arranged by Humphreys) and "Gwahoddiad" by Hartsough (arranged by Davies) (in Welsh).  The Bellringers then took to the stage to play 5 pieces which included "The Waltz of the Flowers", and "Granada". The choir then completed the first half of the concert by singing "Medley from Phantom" arranged by Wiltshire.   During the interval, the audience and choir members were invited to try their hand at ringing the bells.

 Bell Ringers invite Audience to try their hand

Half-Time Bellringing tryout!

After the interval, The Choir sang another 3 pieces including "The Lost Chord" by Sullivan, and "Stout Hearted Men" by Romberg (arranged by Scotson).  The bellringers then played another 5 pieces including "The Theme from Wallace and Gromit" and "The Caliph of Baghdad".  The choir completed the concert by singing 3 more pieces including "Jolly Roger" by Candish and "American Trilogy" (arranged by Humphreys).

 The Choir

Worrall Male Voice Choir

 The Choir and Bellringers

The Bellringers and Choir take a bow

7th October 2016

Concert for Worrall Environmental Group - Friday 7th October


The choir held a concert on Friday 7th October in Worrall Independent Chapel commencing at 7:30pm.

The choir Sang five pieces in the first half of the concert, commencing with "With Cat Like Tread" from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan, and including "Gwahoddiad" by Hartsough (arranged by Davies) (in Welsh), and concluding with "When the Saint's" (arranged by Hood).

After the break, the choir sang another 6 pieces, which included "The Lord's Prayer" by Malotte (arranged by Deis), "Jolly Roger" by Candish, and concluding with "American Trilogy" (arranged by Humphreys).

 The Choir

The Choir

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

As usual, the Choir has a number of engagements in December from local carol singing to our own Christmas Concert. Details of these can be found below

9th & 14th December 2016

Members of the choir took part in University Carol Singing at St Andrew's URC, Hanover Way in Sheffield from 12:30 to 13:50pm where we supported the local carol workshops led by Worrall Male Voice Choirs Musical Director, Nigel Russell, and Assistant Musical Director, Stephen Vickers.

10th December 2016

The Christmas Season commenced on Saturday 12th December when people from Worrall and the surrounding area met with Choir members in Worrall Chapel for a Christmas celebration sing-a-long. It was an enjoyable afternoon lead by MD Nigel with Steve accompanying. Carols were chosen from the Blue Book by random draw and a number of unsung carols were introduced and well received. As always, Worrall Male Voice Choir plays a significant role in keeping the tradition of the local Sheffield carols alive for future generations and it was good to welcome people of all ages.

Local Carol sing from the Blue Book

Local Carol singing in Worrall Chapel

16th December 2016

The choir, in conjunction with Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir held the Annual Christmas concert at Victoria Hall in Sheffield City Centre, where we were joined by Chapeltown Silver Band in a concert commencing at 7:30pm. The joint choir started the concert by singing 4 pieces including "Christmas Cracker 1" arranged by Wiltshire, and "Mary's Boy Child" by Hairston, arranged by Wiltshire. After the singing of the first of the four community carols - "Hark the herald angels sing", the band played 3 pieces including "How far is it to Bethlehem", and "A Christmas Ho Hoe down". The first half of the concert concluded with the second community carol - "While Shepherds watched" to the tune "Sweet Chiming Bells"

The second half of the concert commenced with the band playing three more pieces - including "All I want for Christmas is you", and an interesting slant on "The twelve days of Christmas". After the singing of the third community carol - a local carol to the tune Stannington, the joint choir then sang 4 more pieces, including "Angels" by Williams and Chambers, arranged by Trent Wallace, and "The Valashi Shepherd's Carol" arranged by Wiltshire. After the final community carol - "O come all ye faithful", and the usual thanks, the joint choir concluded the concert in the usual way by singing "Stuff the Turkey" arranged by Peaker.

The choirs and band perform

The Choir and band perform together.

17th December 2016

The choir's final appointment of the Christmas period was an invitation to take part in New Mill Male Voice Choir's "Choirs at Christmas" concert in Christ Church, New Mill commencing at 7:30pm. It was a mixture of communal carols, and Male Voioe Christmas music. After the first communal carol, New Mill sang 3 Christmas pieces before handing over the stage to us to sing 2 pieces from our Christmas repertoire including "Christmas Cracker 1". New Mill sang another 3 pieces before concluding the first half with "Schneewalzer" with the audience joing in the chorus.

After the break and the raffle draw, We started the second half by singing 2 more pieces, concluding with "Stuff The Turkey", which was well received. After another communal carol, New Mill sang 3 more pieces, before the concert concluded with the final communal carol. Both choirs then retired to a local club for some well-earned refreshments.

Christmas Singing in New Mill Church

The Choir perform together.