A great night of Magical Music
It was the first time we had joined forces with the Kidderminster Male Choir and the combination didn’t disappoint. Once more we were in the responsive setting of the Chandlers Ford Methodist Church and once more we raised the roof with a strong and varied programme of music ranging from the traditional to well-known fun pieces and favourites from the shows. The evening concluded with a very male voice choir joint number, a truly emotional arrangement of ‘Gwahoddiad’.
As well as our first aim to entertain the receptive audience, the concert was staged to support a very worthy cause in the Piam Brown Ward Fund of the Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity. Donations to the ward help to provide the crucial ‘extras’ for children with cancer, and their parents and carers, that the NHS is unable to afford. So, we are delighted to report that, through the generosity of our audience, £1800 was raised on the night and the accompanying photo shows Concert Secretary Mike Bull, together with RMVC Treasurer Andrew Fleming, handing over the ‘substantial cheque’ to Rachel Funnell, co-ordinator of the Charity, at the hospital.
Concert organiser Mike Bull was pleased both with the concert and the sum raised “It’s always good to sing with choirs we haven’t performed with before. Unfortunately, I was away for the event itself, but choir members told me on my return that it was a great success and the Afterglow at a local hostelry, where everyone got to know the Kidderminster choristers better, was reputedly one of the best, involving (as ever) yet more singing!”
RMVC would like to thank the Kidderminster Choir for coming over from their weekend base in Bournemouth to perform with us. We also thank the Methodist Church for its hospitality, the wives and partners of choir members for their support and Vice-Chairman Jim Philbin for taking over the organising reins on the night making sure that everything ran smoothly.