CITY OF LINCOLN
MALE VOICE CHOIR

Recent Concerts




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2017
Friday, 22 SeptemberSt Mary's Horncastle Concert
Friday, 6 OctoberBunkers Hill Care Home Concert
Saturday, 11 NovemberPoppy Appeal Concert
Saturday, 9 DecemberHartsholme House Carol Concert
Saturday, 16 DecemberCarols in the Bail Concert
Saturday, 16 DecemberTennyson Wharf Carol Concert
2018
Wednesday, 4 AprilNorth Hykeham Blind Club Concert
Friday, 20 AprilSt Michael's Church Waddington, Concert
Friday, 9 JuneRAFA Wings Appeal Concert
Saturday, 30 JuneEnd-of-Season Concert, St Georges Church, Swallowbeck


Please go to the 'Looking Back>Archive>Concerts' webpage for details of our earlier concerts.



St Mary's Church, Horncastle Concert
22 September 2017

Arriving in the modest town of Horncastle for our first concert of the 2017/2018 season, we were surprised and delighted to see the huge, imposing and beautifully designed St Mary's Church. It proved acoustically as well to be a delightful concert venue.

The Imposing St Mary's Church

What was also welcome to see was the large and very appreciative audience who enjoyed our programme of music. Also delighted was Heather, who for once had a beautiful grand piano to play.

Heather in Her Element

With the new season came new music. Crauford's plan is to introduce more folk music. We resurrected from our library such old favourites as 'Sally Gardens' and gave the choir's first ever outing to a haunting setting of the famous WW1 poem 'In Flanders Fields Where Poppies Grow' written by John Mcrae. The musical setting was written by local Lincolnshire composer Robert Steadman. This is sure to be hugely appreciated at the Poppy Appeal concert in November.

The voice solo in the first half came from Steve, who sang two German Lieder, Brahms's Wiegenlied (Lullaby), which he sang in German and Schubert's Heidenroeslein, which he sang in English.

Steve's Solo

The first half of the concert was:

A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
Lullaby of Broadway
I Dreamed A Dream
Wiegenlied and Heidenroeslein (Steve's solo)
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon
Lullaby of Birdland
Highland Cathedral

In between the music Crauford kept the audience entertained with his witty anecdotes and background information on what we were about to sing. Even the choir, who had heard most of his shtick before, continued to be amused.

Crauford in Full Flow

After a half-time interval that included the option to have a glass of wine, the choir began the second-half programme with a short piece of music we usually use for a voice warm up at the start of a rehearsal, but, sung as a three-part round, it was a very suitable way to get the concert underway again. The second half programme was:

O how Lovely is the Evening (Round)
Down By The Sally Gardens
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
What a Wonderful World
In Flanders Fields [First Outing]
Nessun Dorma
Speed Your Journey
Gwahoddiad

Contrary to Crauford's contention that we never look up to respond to his directions, we now have proof that, if only for a few moments, he had our undivided attention, even if Tony was seeking inspiration from a higher power.

All Eyes (Almost) on Crauford

All in all, this was a very enjoyable and successful way to get the new concert season underway. Hopefully, we will have the pleasure of returning to this beautiful venue next year.



Bunkers Hill Care Home Concert
6 October 2017

This was the first time the choir had sung in the Bunkers Hill Care Home. On arrival, we were delighted to see a very modern, neat and well-maintained building whose interior was equally pleasing to the eye.

Bunkers Hill Care Home

The room we sang in was large, airy and offered plenty of space for us and for Heather, who was well in her comfort zone using her own keyboard.

Heather in her Comfort Zone

Many in the large audience, as might be expected, were in one way or another infirm, but space was found for everyone and they certainly showed plenty of enthusiasm once the singing began.

Some of our Appreciative Audience

This was also the concert debut for our new baritone, Howard (rear row just behind Keith). At the last concert in Horncastle he had been in the audience, but must have realised we were enjoying ourselves too much, so joined the ranks.

Howard's Debut

We drew on the programme that we had sung in Horncastle, but, as we normally do in care homes, the concert lasted only 45 minutes and so included no solo voice. The full programme was:

A Roving
Somebody's Calling My Name
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
Lullaby of Broadway
I Dreamed A Dream
Down By The Sally Gardens
When The Saints
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon
Lullaby of Birdland
Highland Cathedral

The whole concert was a great success and we could clearly see how much the residents of this care home responded positively to and were stimulated by hearing songs they knew from of old. This is another venue we would be very happy to visit again.



Poppy Appeal Concert 11 November 2017

2017 marked the eighth year that we have returned to the intimate and homely Methodist Church in North Hykeham for our annual concert in support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

North Hykeham Methodist Church

Every year this concert has been a sell-out and this year was no exception providing us with perhaps our largest and most appreciative audience of the whole concert year. We were delighted to welcome the Civic Party from Lincoln - Mayor and Mayor's Consort, Councillor Chris Burke and Councillor Sue Burke, together with Sheriff and Sheriff's Consort, Ms Jo Rimmer and Mr Kraig Needs. They were joined by the Mayor of North Hykeham, Councillor Ross Little. Knowing how very full their diaries must be at this time of year, we were especially privileged and honoured that they all chose to be with us this evening.

Our Distinguished Guests

Another exceptionally busy person who chose to be with us was Nick fairfax, the Community Fundraiser for the whole county of Lincolnshire. Throughout the 4 weeks of Remembrancetide, Nick has the huge task of co-ordinating the activities, the demands, the cries for help and the need for support of well over 100 Poppy Appeal Organisers. We felt really encouraged by his presence.

Nick Fairfax

Steve, who is the Poppy Appeal Organiser for the local area, had organised the concert with the help of many others both in the choir and in the local Royal British Legion community. For example, Henry produced beautiful flyers, tickets and concert programmes all with the Poppy Appeal logo. Several members provided either raffle prizes and/or plates of foods for the buffet. Julian provided the solo in the first half and Heather not only accompanied us with her usual skills, but also played the cornet during the Act of Remembrance.

Poised for the Off

The choir enjoy singing at this venue because there is plenty of lateral space that allows us to be seated in three rows with sufficient elbow room to avoid any sense of being crowded together. Compared to some venues we use where we are all on top of each other, this church is a joy to be in.


Enjoying the Space

Julian chose for his solo the Edith Piaf song, Ne me quitte pas (If You Go away). At last year's concert he sang in Italian so this year he added French to his linguistic repertoire.

Julian's Solo

Crauford had chosen a programme of music that contained very little that we had sung at this venue last November. This time he included some new swing numbers and some more traditional folk songs. Another innovation was to sing the first three numbers unaccompanied by the keyboard. The first half of the concert was:

A Roving
Somebody's Calling My Name
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
O How Lovely Is The Evening
Ne Me Quitte Pas (Julian's solo)
Down By The Sally Gardens/Miller of Dee
Halleluyah
When The Saints

After a short interval, we headed into a second half that was deliberately shorter than the first half to allow time for the Act of Remembrance. The second half programme was:

Highland Cathedral
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Blue Moon
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway

Steve then introduced the Act of Remembrance. To enable everyone to transition from the generally light-hearted elements of the main concert to the more sombre tone needed for the Act of Remembrance, Crauford had obtained an emotionally powerful and heart-rending setting of the famous poem by John McRae: 'In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow'. The music had been arranged by local Lincolnshire composer Robert Steadman.

We were very privileged again this year to have Mrs Sheila Wood to give the Exhortation. Sheila has now become the longest serving Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal supporter in the whole country having given 69 years of dedicated service in a wide variety of roles. The badges she proudly wears are unique in their number and record of achievement.

Mrs Sheila Wood

After Heather had played the Last Post, Sheila gave the Exhortation which was followed by a 2-minute silence. Heather then played Reveille and Nick Fairfax gave the Dedication at the end of the ceremony.

Ready for the Last Post

The evening finished in traditional style with the whole audience joining the choir in community singing of favourite songs from WW1 and WW2. Before everyone retired to the main hall for a delicious buffet supper, Steve announced that the evening had once again raised over 500 for the Poppy ASppeal. He also announced that the choir was booked to give the concert again next year on 10 November.

This had proved to be one of the most successful and well-received concerts we had ever given for the Poppy Appeal. Comments afterwards included praise for the balance and variety of the chosen songs, the quality of the singing, the emotional impact of the Act of Remembrance and its opening song and the sheer enjoyment of the community singing at the end.



Hartsholme House Carol Concert, 9 December 2017

This year we returned to Hartsholme House for the third time to offer the residence a much-enjoyed trip down memory lane as we brought them a gentle mix of popular sing-along carols and one or two choir-only pieces.

Hartsholme House Care Home

One new song we tried for the first time was called 'Gaudete'. The only way to describe it was a rapid 'rap' song albeit sung in Latin rather than English. Each voice section took a turn at the verses and we all sang the choruses. Since the audience had no more idea what we were singing about than we did, it all went off splendidly well.

Another song we tried for the first time was more of a calypso-beat carol called 'Mary Had A Baby'. It, too, was a successful first outing for this carol.

After the final rehearsal, Crauford had asked us to bring all the relevant song booklets and sheet music; he would decide on the night what we would sing and in which order. In the end we sang:

Gaudete
Away in a Manger
Angels from the Realms of Glory(with the audience)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (with the audience)
Mary Had A Baby
The Holly and the Ivy(with the audience)
Silent Night
Once in Royal David's City(with the audience)
Kwmbaya (Christmas Words)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head
O Come All Ye Faithful (with the audience)

The choir derive a great deal of pleasure bringing much-loved music to people who suffer with so many mental impairments. From their reaction, it was clear the audience had a most entertaining evening. We now have 2 more carol concerts next weekend, though whether the programme will be in the same order is anyone's guess.



Carols in the Bail, 16 December 2017

For our penultimate (a favourite word of Crauford's) concert of 2017, we made a return visit to the Bailgate Methodist Church for another Carols in the Bail Concert. The timing like last year was just after the huge Christmas Market, but well ahead of Christmas to attract plenty of folk out there doing their Christmas shopping. And unlike the final day of this year's Christmas Market, we did not have to cancel because of the threat of snow.

Bailgate Methodist Church

We had given the programme an outing the previous week at Hartsholme House. The audience really did appreciate the chance to join in with favourite carols, but also to hear some of the lesser known ones such as Gaudete.

Carol Concert
Tennyson Wharf Care Home
Burton Waters
16 December 2017

We were delighted to return to the Burton Waters facility to end our concert programme for 2017 bringing yet more pleasure and social stimulation to folks in need.

Tennyson Wharf Care Home

We sang the same programme of carols that we had used at Hartsholme House the previous week and at the Carols in the Bail concert earlier in the day. Once again, the reaction from the audience proved to us just how rewarding it is to bring music to residents in these local care homes.

From all the choir, we wish those reading our website a very enjoyable festive season and success and health in 2018.



North Hykeham Blind Club Concert, 4 April 2018

We returned once again to the delightful North Hykeham Methodist Church to give the Blind Club a 4th concert.

North Hykeham Methodist Church

Although we visit here twice a year for the Poppy Appeal and RAF Association Wings Appeal concerts, on this occasion the audience was very different. There were some 30 sight-impaired club members plus about 9 helpers all enjoying the stimulating effect of music.

Club Members

In these 'Half Concerts' lasting about 45 minutes we do not have a solo voice number. On this occasion, we gave our first public 'outing' to the Dambusters March, a song we will be singing later in the month at the opening of the International Bomber Command Memorial. In all we sang:

Gwahoddiad
Speed Your Journey
Rhythm of Life
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
What Would I Do Without My Music
Hallelujah
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Giong Home
In Flanders Fields
You Raise Me Up
The Dambusters March

There is very little space in the room, so we usually have a 'reduced' choir of about 13, but one or two extra members turned up making it all a bit of a squash.

Quarts in Pint Pots

This did mean, though, that we had a very full and balanced choir that made wonderful music for the Club members. Afterwards, we had terrific feedback from the Club and will almost certainly be asked to return again next year.



St Michael's Church Waddington Concert, 20 April 2018

We last visited this delightful and very modern St Michael's Church in Waddington village three years ago. Located some 5 miles south of Lincoln and a stone's throw from the roar of military jet engines in nearby RAF Waddington, the church owes its modernity to the fact that the original 12th century building was completely destroyed in WW2 by a parachute mine in May 1941 and was subsequently rebuilt and re-consecrated in 1954.

St Michael's Church, Waddington

The day had been warm and sunny, which encouraged a large audience to attend the concert. Having carried the choir's hefty keyboard into the church from the car, we found the church had available a lovely digital piano that Heather much preferred to use. Thankfully, our porter's trolley made the keyboard's return journey to the car manageable.

Heather's New Toy

The church itself is as modern inside as it promises to be from its exterior design. Not only that but the high ceiling and spacious interior design meant the acoustics were really good. This made the whole concert such a joy to sing in and encouraged the choir to give one of its best performances in recent years.

Wonderful Acoustics

In the three years since our last visit we had worked hard on bringing a lot of new songs into our repertoire. Of the 18 songs in the programme, only four had featured in the previous concert. Brian Cropley sang 'Bring Him Home' from Les Miserables as the voice solo in the first half.

Brian's Solo

The first half of the concert was:

Gwahoddiad
Speed Your Journey
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Bring Him Home (Brian's solo)
What Would I Do Without My Music
Halleluyah
Going Home
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
A Roving

After a short interval, we headed into a second half really enthused by how well the first half had gone. The second half programme was:

Somebody's Calling My Name
Highland Cathedral
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Blue Moon
When The Saints
Rhythm Of Life
You Raised Me Up
The Dambusters' March

The second half went even better than the first half with really enthusiastic applause as we finished the concert with a rousing edition of the Dambuster's March. Having recently done a concert for the North Hykeham Blind Club and taken part in the official opening of the nearby Bomber Command Memorial, we felt on this occasion that we were really on a roll. Our next gig, as Crauford likes to call them, will be the farewell concert for the Mayor of Lincoln in the Guildhall. Roll on 8 May.



RAFA Wings Appeal Concert
9 June 2018
North Hykeham Methodist Church

We returned to the lovely, cosy Methodist Church in North Hykeham for the Wings Appeal concert that had to be postponed from last March because of the severe snowy conditions at the time.

North Hykeham Methodist Church

Heather, our regular accompanist was away at another event, so we were delighted once again to have Anne Osborne with us.

Anne Ready for the Off

We do enjoy coming to this venue, not least because we are guaranteed to have plenty of room to spread out unlike some venues where we are squashed into limited space like sardines.

Choir Sitting Comfortably

Crauford likes to entertain the audience in between songs, partly to give the choir a rest, but mainly because he has a wonderful store of amusing anecdotes, only some of which we have heard before.

Crauford mid-Anecdote

We sang the same concert programme that we had used at the Waddington and Mayor's Farewell concerts with the only differences being that Steve sang the solo in the first half, and after the concert proper we invited the audience to join us in singing the 'Airman's Hymn.

Steve's Solo

The first half of the concert was:

Gwahoddiad
Speed Your Journey
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
The Lost Chord (Steve's solo)
What Would I Do Without My Music
Halleluyah
Going Home
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
A Roving

After a short interval, we headed into a second half really enthused by how well the first half had gone. The second half programme was:

Somebody's Calling My Name
Highland Cathedral
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Blue Moon
When The Saints
Rhythm Of Life
You Raised Me Up
The Dambusters' March
The Airman's Hymn (together with the audience)

This was another very successful concert that raised a substantial sum for the RAFA Wings Appeal. We are booked again to repeat the concert next year on 6 April. This may well be the last time we do this concert because the RAFA branch is struggling to find volunteers to run its events. However, next year they are celebrating their 75th anniversary, so we will ensure their farewell concert will be a grand occasion.



End-of-Season Concert
St Georges Church, Swallowbeck
30 June 2018

Many years have passed since the choir last sang in this very modern church located in the leafy suburbs of Lincoln. It proved acoustically as well to be a delightful concert venue.

St Georges Church

What was also welcome to see was the large and very appreciative audience who enjoyed our programme of music. Also delighted was Heather, who for once had a beautiful grand piano to play.

Heather in Her Element

Our programme of music was the well tried and tested programme we had used for the last three concerts, albeit to very different audiences each time. The choir soon got into their stride enjoying a very light, airy and roomy area in which to sing and acoustics that really did enhance the enjoyment of the music for both choir and audience.

In Full Song

In the first half, instead of the usual voice solo, Brian and Steve chose to offer a duet for two tenors of the beautiful Panis Angelicus.

Steve and Brian

There was in fact one addition to the well-tried programme. We had to learn a different version of Lincolnshire Poacher for the Bomber Command Memorial event earlier in the year. As we had bought and paid for the sheet music and its attendant copyright, Crauford decided that we might as well use it. We successfully gave it its first outing at this concert.

The first half of the concert was:

Gwahoddiad
Speed Your Journey
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Broadway
Panis Angelicus (Steve and Brian's duet)
What Would I Do Without My Music
Halleluyah
Going Home
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
A Roving

After a short interval, we headed into a second half really enthused by how well the first half had gone. The second half programme was:

Somebody's Calling My Name
Highland Cathedral
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Blue Moon
When The Saints
Rhythm Of Life
You Raised Me Up
The Lincolnshire Poacher
The Dambusters' March

We had come to this venue for our annual concert as we felt that we wanted to change from All Saints in Monks Road where we had been for the past several years. What an excellent choice it was. The church members were very welcoming and helpful and the church provided the hot drinks to go along with the light buffet that choir members had provided.

This has proved to be our final concert of the season because the organisers of the planned concert in Tattershall the following week cancelled the event because of illness to key organisers. We therefore wish all our website readers a very enjoyable summer. We have our annual dinner on 10 July and then we will be back at the end of August to start the new season.



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