CITY OF LINCOLN
MALE VOICE CHOIR

Recent Concerts




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2016
Thursday, 27 OctoberMiller Road Social Club Concert
Saturday, 12 NovemberPoppy Appeal Concert
Saturday, 26 NovemberNorth Scarle Concert
Saturday, 10 DecemberCarols in the Bail Concert
Saturday, 10 DecemberHartsholme House Carol Concert
Saturday, 17 DecemberTennyson Wharf Care Home Carol Concert
2017
Saturday, 4 MarchRAFA Wings Appeal Concert
Sunday, 30 AprilSt Johns, Bracebridge Heath Concert
Wednesday, 2 MayNorth Hykeham Blind Club Concert
Saturday, 27 MayTennyson Wharf Care Home Concert
Saturday, 10 JuneHartsholme House Concert
Saturday, 1 JulyEnd-of-Season Concert
Friday, 22 SeptemberSt Mary's, Horncastle Concert
Friday, 6 OctoberBunkers Hill Care Home Concert


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



Millers Road Social Club Concert, 27 October 2016

This concert was arranged by Bill Leaper, one of our basses, who is a member of the Social Club.

Millers Road Social Club

The room we were in was a little challenging in terms of space available, but we all had a nice cumfy seat and were soon ready for the off.

A Tight Squeeze

Starting at the slightly later time of 8pm, we sang about half of a normal concert programme without any solo voice items. The programme we sang was:

Oh How Lovely Is The Evening
A Roving
Sailing
Rhythm of Life
Cwm Rhondda
What a Wonderful World
Blue Moon
The Lincolnshire Poacher
Somebody's Calling My Name
I Dreamed A Dream
Gwahoddiad
Highland Cathedral

This might not have been the largest audience that we have entertained, but it was certainly one of the most appreciative.

Our Audience

While we may take part in far larger fund raising programmes such as the Poppy Concert (coming next on 12 November) this was nevertheless a most rewarding experience bringing music and entertainment to smaller groups such as this.



Poppy Appeal Concert, 12 November 2016

For the seventh year in a row we returned to the intimate and homely Methodist Church in North Hykeham for our annual concert in support of the Royal British Legion (RBL) Poppy Appeal.

North Hykeham Methodist Church

We were once again blessed with a sell-out audience that filled the church and once again the audience was both appreciative of and enthusiastic for our music. We were delighted to welcome back special guests Nick Fairfax, the RBL Community Fundraiser for the Lincolnshire County and Mrs Sheila Woods, possibly nationally the most highly decorated RBL volunteer now proudly completing 68 years of continual service for the charity. The badges she proudly wears are unique in their number and record of achievement.

Nick Fairfax

Mrs Sheila Woods

Both had kindly agreed to play a central role in events towards the end of the concert.

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

The choir sang slightly fewer pieces in this concert to allow time towards the end for the Act of Remembrance and the community singing. That said, it was a well balanced selection of music with more popular songs in the first half and traditional choir songs in the second half. The first half was:

Oh, How Lovely Is The Evening
Somebody's Calling My Name
What A Wonderful World
Lincolnshire Poacher
Blue Moon
Oliver Medley
Memory
Sailing
Time To Say Goodbye (Con te partiṛ)(Julian's solo)


In Full Swing

Julian's solo was a real tour de force. In the past the choir collectively and individually have sung in Latin, French and even Hebrew, but this was the first time someone had sung in the original Italian. Julian sang with real emotion, skillfully reaching the higher notes and ending with the wonderfully climactic top finale sung to perfection. He deservedly earned the longest and most enthusiastic applause of the whole evening.

Julian's Solo

The second half included:

I Dreamed A Dream
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Nessun Dorma
Speed Your Journey
Non Nobis Domine

We were once again expertly supported by Heather with her very accurate and sympathic accompaniment.

Heather in her element

At the end of the concert proper, Steve led the gathering in a traditional Act of Remembrance for the Fallen. After Heather had played the Last Post, Mrs Sheila Wood to give 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.

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.

Community Singing

Before we all went through to the hall for a light buffet supper, there was one last event. The RBL has a system of recognising long and dedicated service to the charity by volunteers. Four volunteers from the local area had completed ten years of such service. Nick Fairfax's final duty of the evening was to make the presentations on behalf of the RBL. This public event was the ideal setting to give these volunteers the public recognition and accolade that they deserved.

Richard and Joyce Dimbleby

Ruth and Natan Abraham

All in all this had been a hugely successful concert with full house, great singing, solemn commemoration, community spirit, an awards ceremony, a high class raffle and a plentiful buffet. The event raised £572 for the Poppy Appeal and we are booked to repeat the concert next year on 11 November.



All Saints Church North Scarle Concert, 26 November 2016

The choir had not sung in this beautiful church before. This concert came about because a member of the church contacted us through the website and asked if we were available to do a concert in late November. Happily, we were.

All Saints Church, North Scarle

Having only recently sung at the very successful Poppy Appeal concert, Crauford sensibly chose much of that programme of music with one or two additions to make up for the space taken in the Poppy concert by the Act of Remembrance and community singing. On this occasion Brian Oldfield did the voice solo in the first half.

The full programme was:

Somebody's Calling My Name
What a Wonderful World
Blue Moon
Oliver
Memory
Some Enchanted Evening (Brian's solo)
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Nessun Dorma
Non Nobis Domine

Interval

Oh How Lovely Is The Evening
A Roving
The Lincolnshire Poacher
Sailing
Rhythm of Life
Cwm Rhondda
I Dreamed A Dream
Speed your Journey
Gwahoddiad
Highland Cathedral

The church was filled to capacity and the audience gave the choir a really warm and enthusiastic reception throughout the concert.



Carols in the Bail, 10 December 2016

We returned for a third 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.

Bailgate Methodist Church

The programme was perforce very similar to that of 2015. We wanted to offer well-known carols sung in harmony by the choir, plus those that allowed the audience to join in. This year Crauford called for just one voice from each of the four voice groups to sing a couple of verses within 'Once in Royal David's City' and the third verse of 'Silent Night'. Steve was the 1st tenor soloist, Julian represented the 2nd tenors, Henry the Baritones and Mick the Basses.This proved to be a very effective alternative to the whole choir and enabled the beautiful harmonies to be heard with great clarity. Crauford gave final reminders before the off.

Final Briefing

The programme in full was:

Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head
Angels from the Realms of Glory
O Little Town of Bethlehem (with the audience)
Away in a Manger
Once in Royal David's City
O Come All Ye Faithful (with the audience)
Silent Night
Ding Dong Merrily on High
Good king Wenceslas (with the audience)
Kwmbaya (Christmas Words)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
The Holly and the Ivy
The First Noël (with the audience)

This had once again proved to be a very successful concert with over 40 people attending. So much so, that we are already booked in for the equivalent Saturday in 2017. One final amusing note: Keith had asked to have a special 'Carols in the Bail' banner made using the dimensions 4 inches by 12 feet. The banner makers mis-heard the instructions with the result that we are now the proud owners of a banner 4 feet by 12 feet!!!

Our Huge Banner



Hartsholme House Carols, 10 December 2016

Having given them a fuller concert back in June, the choir returned to the Hartsholme House Care Home to offer the residents a taste of Christmas.

Hartsholme House Care Home

We sang the same medley of Carols as we had sung earlier in the day at Bailgate Methodist Church. The big difference here was that at least one, but often several of the audience joined in either singing, humming or whistling with every carol we sang with one enthusiastic resident joining Crauford to help with the conducting!

We were delighted once again to bring so much pleasure and social interaction to folks who benefitted so much from our singing.

Carol Concert
Tennison Wharf Care Home
Burton Waters
17 December 2016

The choir had sung in April 2015 at the official opening of the Tennyson Wharf Care Home. We were delighted, therefore, to be asked to return to the Burton Waters facility to end our concert programme for 2016 bringing yet more pleasure and social stimulation to folks in need.

Tennison Wharf Care Home

We sang the same programme of carols as we had at the two concerts on 10 December, the only change being that Will sang the solo 1st tenor parts. At the final rehearsal of the year to prepare for this concert, we found that none of the lights in our rehearsal venue was working. Rather than give up, we called on modern technology and managed to complete a meaningful practice by the light of mobile phones! This was an amusing precedent we set, but we hope it will not be repeated too often.

Carols by Phone Light!

From all the choir, we wish those reading our website a very enjoyable festive season and success and health in 2017.



RAFA Wings Appeal Concert, 4 March 2017

The choir were delighted to return once again to the lovely Methodist Church in North Hykeham to give their fourth concert in as many years in support of the RAF Association (Lincoln Branch) Wings Appeal.

North Hykeham Methodist Church

Conscious that we were here only last November for the Poppy Appeal concert, the choir had been working on a lot of new/revised material that we had not sung in ages. The programme therefore had a very different look and sound to it with more focus on swing numbers. Heather, as usual, provided her excellent support and enabled the choir to give of their best

Heather ready for the off

There was also a new look to the choir. In rehearsals we had found that we sounded better and could hear each other better when we were in three rows with two abreast per voice group. We therefore had less width, greater depth and could hear each other with greater clarity. So we took this seating arrangement for the first time to a concert and it was a resounding success with many from the audience afterwards saying how marvellous a sound we made with each voice group clearly audible and in harmony with the others.

New Choir Formation

The new-look programme included one or two old favourites, but we also gave 'Lullaby of Birdland' its first public outing and we re-introduced songs and medleys not sung for several years. Steve was the voice soloist on this occasion

Steve's Solo

The full programme was:

The Real Undoing
Venus
A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
I Dreamed A Dream
Memory
Halleluja by Leonard Cohen (Steve's solo)
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon

Interval

Lullaby of Birdland
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
When The Saints Go Marching In
Somebody's Calling My Name
What a Wonderful World
Just Jolson Medley
Rhythm of Life
Kings of Swing Medley

Immediately after the programme proper, Steve then called all on the audience to stand and join the choir in the singing of the Airman's Hymn. Mick Armiger, the Chairman of the Lincoln Branch of the RAF Association, then announced the raffle draw and finally declared that the evening had raised just short of £400. Much pleased with all our efforts everyone then retired to the hall for a well-earned supper

A Worthy Feast!

The whole evening had proved once again to be a huge success, both in terms of our support for this wonderful charity and also in terms of the successful development of the choir with its new seating plan and fresh selection of music. We are booked to return here again next year on 3 March.



St John's Church Bracebridge Heath Concert, 30 April 2017

The choir had not sung in this beautiful church for several years. We enjoyed the unusual experience of starting the concert mid-afternoon on a Sunday.

St John's Church, Bracebridge Heath

There were one or two differences in the choir's personnel for this concert. First, Heather was recovering from problems with her arms, so Ann Osborne deputised for her in her usual excellent and very supportive way.

Ann in Full Swing

Next, Crauford was otherwise engaged for this concert, so Heather deputised for him.

Heather Ready for the Off

Finally, this concert saw two firsts in that this was the first time we sang 'Lullaby of Broadway' in concert and this was the first time that recently-arrived 1st tenor Eric Farthing sang in a concert with the choir.

The concert programme continued our move to a mix of more traditional songs interspersed with 'Swing' numbers. Brian Cropley sang the voice solo in the first half.

The full programme was:

The Real Undoing
Venus
A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
I Dreamed A Dream
Lullaby of Broadway
Bless This House(Brian's solo)
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon

Interval

Kings of Swing Medley
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
Somebody's Calling My Name
Rhythm of Life
Just Jolson Medley
What a Wonderful World
Lullaby of Birdland

Unusually, the concert organisers had arranged the raffle draw and light refresments during the interval causing the latter to be rather longer than normal. But we were all in fine voice for the second half, ably led and supported by Heather and Ann.



North Hykeham Blind Club Concert Concert, 2 May 2017

We returned once again to the delightful North Hykeham Methodist Church to give the Blind Club a 3rd 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

At our recent concert in Bracebridge Heath, we marked the first involvement of 1st Tenor Eric Farthing. Today marked the first involvement of recently-arrived Bass Steve Vaughan. Crauford was back with us, but Ann once again provided the wonderful accompaniment.

Ann at the Ready

In these 'Half Concerts' lasting about 45 minutes we do not have a solo voice number. Drawing on our new material alongside the more traditional items we sang:

Lullaby of Broadway
Blue Moon
A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
I Dreamed A Dream
Just Jolson Medley
Softly As I Leave You
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
Lullaby of Birdland

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.



Choir Concert
Tennison Wharf Care Home
Burton Waters
27 May 2017

Following the choir's very successful carol concert here last December, we returned to this beautiful care home in Burton Waters to bring yet more pleasure and social stimulation to folks in need.

Tennison Wharf Care Home

As usual when we sing at care homes, the concert was about a half of what we would normally do, a 'half set' as Crauford likes to call these concerts, or 'gigs' in his parlance.

In these reduced concerts that last about 45 minutes we do not have a solo voice number. Drawing on our new material alongside the more traditional items we sang:

A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
Somebody's Calling My Name
Rhythm of Life
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
I Dreamed A Dream
Lullaby of Broadway
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon
Lullaby of Birdland

With Heather still hors de combat, we were very grateful to Kathleen Burg for being our accompanist at this concert.

Each time we come here the audience is larger than before and this was no exception. Everyone really enjoyed the music we sang to them and they look forward to our carol concert next December.



Hartsholme House Concert, 10 June 2017

Following the success of our carol concert here last December, the choir returned to the Hartsholme House Care Home to offer the residents more musical entertainment and stimulation.

Hartsholme House Care Home

Having very recently completed a similar concert at the Tennyson Wharf Care Home in Burton Waters, it made sense for us to sing the same programme at this concert. Namely:

A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
Somebody's Calling My Name
Rhythm of Life
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
I Dreamed A Dream
Lullaby of Broadway
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon
Lullaby of Birdland

With Heather still hors de combat, we were very grateful on this occasion to Anne Osborne for being our accompanist.

As we have become used to at this venue, there was a lot of audience participation including whistling, helping with the conducting and joining in the choruses. It was all good fun and we look forward to returning here in December for the carol concert.



End-of-Season Concert
1 July 2017
All Saints Church, Monks Road, Lincoln

We made our annual pilgrimage to the beautiful and huge All Saints Church in Monks Road for our End-of-Season Concert. This is one of our main fund-raisers for choir funds and we were especially delighted to welcome Councillor Chris Burke MBA, recently appointed as the Mayor of Lincoln, having attended the concert two years previously when he was Deputy Mayor. He was accompanied by the Mayor's Consort, Councillor Sue Burke, and by the City Sheriff, Ms Jo Rimmer.

All saints Church, Monks Road, Lincoln

Having entered the church and paid at the door, the visitor is next greeted by Lorna (of whom more later) who invariably succeeds in selling at least £1-worth of raffle tickets.

Raffle Tickets??

We began the concert this year in a very different way. Having made sure we all knew where we would be sitting, we then proceeded to the rear of the church and re-assembled hopefully, but not necessarily successfully, in a mirror image of how we would be seated once back on the stage. We were now ready to make our grand entrance.

Ready For The Off

With a couple of starting notes from a distant piano, we launched into 'A Roving' without the comfort blanket of folders of sheet music. At a signal from Crauford, we then processed, more or less in pairs and more or less in the right order, all the while singing back down the church to return to our places on the stage.

Entry of the Gladiators!

Having arrived back on stage, we not only completed 'A Roving' without comfort blankets, but we then went on to sing 'My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose' also from memory.

Note the absence of folders!

For this concert we were delighted to have Heather back with us after having recovered from recent poor health. In her inimitable style, she provided wonderful accompaniment throughout the concert.

Welcome Back, Heather!

For the rest of the concert we reverted to using our music folders, which is just as well because there is only one other item we know by heart.

Comfort Blankets at Last!

During the first have, Julian sang a most beautiful solo piece, 'Con te partiṛ (Time To Say Goodbye) in Italian. It deservedly received a huge round of applause

Julian's Solo

The concert programme continued our theme this year of a mix of more traditional songs interspersed with 'Swing' numbers. In the first half we sang:

A Roving
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
Somebody's Calling My Name
Lullaby of Broadway
I Dreamed A Dream
'Con te partiṛ (Time To Say Goodbye)(Julian's Solo)
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Blue Moon
Lullaby of Birdland

After the interval and before we began the second half, Steve announced that today was the 92nd birthday of Lorna (his mother-in-law), who had run the raffle. The Mayor of Lincoln had kindly agreed to present Lorna with a bouquet of flowers, much to Lorna's total surprise.

92 Years Young

After giving Lorna a few very kind words of congratulation and appreciation for her support to the choir, Councillor Burke then led everyone in singing Happy Birthday to Lorna.

Happy Birthday to Lorna

We then launched into a rather long, but very enjoyable second half of the concert. We performed the first song, 'Love Is All Around' in a new manner with a single voice from each section singing the verses with the whole choir joining in for the choruses. In all in the second half we sang:

Love Is All Around
Memory
The Way We Were
Softly As I Leave You
Oh, When The Saints Go Marching In
What a Wonderful World
Just Jolson Medley
Rhythm of Life
Kings of Swing Medley

Happily, this was once again a hugely successful concert before a sizeable and very appreciative audience. We had the added privilege of the presence of the Civic Party, a birthday celebration, a delightful buffet supper afterwards and extra pennies in the bank, much to our Treasurer's delight.

We have the Annual Dinner at the Carpenters, Fiskerton, on 4 July, and a very enjoyable special short concert on 6 July to celebrate a 100th birthday. After that, we take a much earned rest from singing over the Summer returning at the end of August.



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.



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