Like Many choirs throughout the country WMVC cannot sustain it's finances through singing alone, so from time to time it looks towards mixing fundraising with a good old social night!
These take many different forms, below is a little of what they're all about.
The David Clover Competition for Singers 2017 was held earlier this month, and the the two awards donated by the choir were presented as follows:-
The Michael Peaker Memorial Trophy for Oratorio and Sacred Song aged 18 yrs and under Mary Wilcock
The Doug Crossland Memorial Trophy for Best Female Singer Tabitha Smart
Congratulations to Mary and Tabitha, and we hope that one or both of them may be able to join us during the next year to perform at one of our concerts.
27th February 2017
The Choir AGM was held commencing at 7:30pm in Worrall Independent Chapel. Three committee members decided to stand down, and there were two choir members agreed to stand for election. The make up of the Committee for the coming year is as follows:-
Mark Rotchell, Ian Pasley. John Adamson, Alan Barber, Peter Revitt, Terry Else , Martin Price, Paul Sewell, Luke Vickers.
15th April 2017
The Choir were asked to provide pre-reception entertainment for the wedding of the daughter of Baritone and Committee member Terry Else. This took place at Lomas Hall in Stannington at 17:00. We sang 7 pieces of music - including "A Yorkshire Mixture", "The Rose" and "My Heart will go on". The Choir hope the rest of the day went well, and send good wishes for the future to the happy couple.
12th May 2017
The choir held a "Music for a Spring Evening" concert at Knowle Top Chapel, Stannington commencing at 7:30pm. We were joined by guest performer Mary Wilcock, the winner of the Michael Peaker Shield at this year's David Clover Festival of Singers
The concert began with the choir singing 3 pieces, including "A Yorkshire Mixture", and "The Lost Chord". Our guest, Mary sand 3 pieces from Sacred works - these included "Obra mein fu" and "Art thou troubled". The choir then concluded the first half of the concert with another 3 pieces, commencing with part one of a "Les Mis medley", and concluding with "American Trilogy".
After the interval, the choir sang "A medley from Phantom of the Opera". This was followed by Mary singing another 3 pieces, this time from musicals, including "It was never you", and "Bill". The Choir then concluded the concert by singing 3 further pieces - commencing with "Song of the Jolly Roger", and concluding the concert with "Rhythm of Life".
The concert was well enjoyed, and made £ 350, which was split between the choir and the chapel.
19th May 2017
On Friday evening 19 May the Choir joined forces once again with Bolsterstone MVC to take part in a concert called Charity Voices in the Central United Reform Chapel to raise money for Western Park Hospital. We were joined by a choir from Amsterdam called Route 66 who we sang with when we visited Amsterdam last year.
The joint male voice choirs opened the concert with "The Song Of the Jolly Roger" and closed with a selection from "The Phantom of the Opera". Route 66 opened their section of the concert with their signature tune – "Route 66" and included "Alexanders Ragtime Band", "Can’t help Falling in Love with You" and closed with "76 Trombones" including kazoos and a gong !! Mid way through their section their Conductor and Accompanist, Rob Van Djik played a piano solo – the old Winifred Atwell classic - Britannia Rag.
Route 66 opened the second half of the concert with the old Harry Belafonte number - "Banana Boat Song" and included "New York, New York", "Won’t last a Day without You", "Hey Look me Over" and closed with a tribute to Dame Vera Lynn and We’ll Meet Again. Once again Rob wowed the audience with a jazzed up piano solo version of Rule Britannia. The joint male voice choirs then sang "African Trilogy", "Angels", "The Lost Chord" and closed the concert with "American Trilogy" and received a standing ovation from a very enthusiastic audience.
The concert was sell-out and hopefully raised a significant sum for the hospital.
24th June 2017
The choir held a concert in Trinity Methodist Church, Hillsborough commencing at 7:30pm in memory of David Hawksworth who left the choir a legacy in his will. We were joined by Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir, with the proceeds going to Cavendish Cancer Care Centre.
The choir started the concert by singing 5 pieces of music, commencing with "A Yorkshire Mixture" arranged by Simmons, 2 from Musicals including "A seletion from Les Miserables" by Schoemberg arranged by Huff, and concluding with "My heart will go on" from the film Titanic, by Horner arranged again by Simmons. Millhouse Green then sang 6 pieces, commencing with "With a Voice of singing" by Shaw. They also sang "Danny Boy" arranged again by Simmons, and concluded the first half of the concert with anpother song from a musical, "There is nothing like a dame" by Rogers and Hammerstein from South Pacific.
After the break, there was a short speech by a representative from Cavendish Cancer Care before the second half commenced, outlining what the charity does. The second half of the concert began with Millhouse Green taking to the stage to sing 5 more pieces, commencing with "Come to the Fair" by Taylor and Martin arranged by Brower. They also sang "Sit Down Your'e Rocking teh Boat" by Loesser, and concluded their second section with "Hallelujah Chorus" by Handel. We then returned to the stage to sing 3 more pieces, commencing with a selection from "Phantom of the Opera" by Lloyd Webber arranged by Wiltshire, and concluding with "Rhythm of Life" by Coleman arranged by Barnes. We were then joined by Millhouse Green to finish the concert with "American Trilogy" arranged by Humphreys.
The concert was well attended, and the concert raised £ 2082.83 for the charity. Click here to see the certificate of appreciation received from the charity (This requires Acrobat Reader to be installed on your PC). To install this, click on the button below.
2nd September 2017
The choir joined forces once again with Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir to perform in a concert at Brightholmlee Chapel, Wharnecliffe Side (more details to follow)
8th September 2017
The choir organised an "Evening of Music" at The Church of St John the Baptist, Penistone in aid of Barnsley Hospice. Once again, we were delighted to welcome Anna Bradburn to perform with us (more details to follow).
24th November 2017
The Choir visited the Rose and Crown at Stannington, where we sang carols (local and traditional) from the Blue Book. We sang a number of carols in 2 slots from 8:00pm and there were a number of supporters and pub regulars who joined in during the evening. This event marked the start of the Christmas period for the choir
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 December 2017
The Christmas Season commenced on Saturday 9th December when local people from Worrall and the surrounding area, and one who had travelled all the way from the North-East of England met with Choir members in Worrall Chapel for a Christmas celebration sing-a-long. It was an enjoyable afternoon lead by Steve Vickers who also accompanied us on the piano. Carols were chosen from the Blue Book including a couple of rarely sung ones. 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.
11th December 2017The choir again visited Loxley Park Residential Home to sing carols to the local residents providing pre-Christmas entertainment with a mixture of local carols and pieces from the Christmas repertoire.
15th December 2017The choir held the Annual Christmas concert at Wesley Hall, Crookes, where we were joined by Chapeltown Silver Band in a concert commencing at 7:30pm. The choir started the concert by singing 5 pieces commencing with "Hark the herald angels sing" arranged by Hawryluk, including "Still, Still, Still" by Luboff and concluding with the Christmas Story with the first verse of each of the "Six Old Cornish Christmas Carols" arranged by Williams. The band then played 4 pieces commencing with "A Christmas Festival" by Anderson arranged by Wood, and concluding with "Christmas Swingalong" arranged by Ashmore" The audience were then invited to join in the singing of 5 carols from the Blue Book including "Sing all ye people of the earth today, While Shepherds watched (to the tune Worrall) and concluding the first half of the concert with "O come, all ye faithful"
The second half of the concert commenced with the choir singing 3 more pieces, commencing with "Angels" by Williams and Chambers arranged by Wallace, and concluding with "Christmas Cracker II arranged by Wiltshire. In between, we sang "The Christmas Bells", and then the audience were invited to join in, having been split into 3 groups - I have to say it wasn't bad. The band then played five more pieces - commencing with "A Christmas Ho-Hoedown" by Barry, including "Santa Claus-trophobia" arranged by Smith, and concluding with "Troika" by Prokofiev arranged by Farr. The audience were then invited to sing 5 more carols from the Blue Book commencing with "Behold, the grace appears", including "Rolling Downward" and concluding with "A Merry Christmas". After wishing everyone well for the Christmas Season, the choir concluded the concert in the usual way by singing "Stuff the Turkey" arranged by Peaker.
15th & 20th December 2017
Members of the choir again 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.