The Jersey Harmony Men, friends, a great Choir and fellow fundraisers

Two years ago, Romsey Male Voice Choir enjoyed a very jolly and successful concert tour in Jersey singing with the Island’s only male choir, The Jersey Harmony Men. At the end of April, the Harmony Men returned the compliment to sing a kaleidoscope of music with RMVC at the Methodist Church in Chandlers Ford, where a full and appreciative audience helped the choirs raise the grand total of £1910 for the Eastleigh Child Contact Centre – a charity actively supported by the Church.

Both choirs sang a varied programme of arrangements from their repertoires, but the applause was loudest following joint numbers including Unchained Melody, You’ll Never Walk Alone and Bring Him Home from Les Miserables. In the audience, Vivienne Ames from the Eastleigh Child Contact Centre was enthusiastic about the evening, and grateful to RMVC for choosing to help the work of the charity. “On behalf of the trustees of our charity I can’t thank you enough. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the audience and it is with great pleasure that your donation will in part go to replacing some of our toys for direct use by the children. Thanks to both of the choirs for the magnificent performance of An American Trilogy as the finale to the concert, I think it outshone Elvis’s version!”

Praise indeed for the choirs, but the evening didn’t end at the finale. The Harmony Men, staying at the Chilworth Manor Hotel, were generous in hosting a splendid Afterglow complete with a most welcome buffet. Needless to say, this was supplemented by yet more singing as midnight passed and few drifted away, preferring to stretch their voices even further whilst imbibing a little liquid refreshment.

Concert secretary, Dave Witt, who played the major part in organising the event, was more than satisfied. “Performing with the Jersey Harmony Men is great fun, great entertainment and a real pleasure for RMVC. We would like to thank all who made the trip across the Channel and also say a huge thanks to the choir for the excellent Afterglow. Once more we are also grateful to our WAGs for doing what they do so well on the night – behind every good choir……..”.

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