It is always sad to let people know about the death of a Choir Friend but none more so than that of Malcom Brewerton who along with his twin brother Tony were always stalwart supports of the BOMVC. Sadly, in recent years they hadn’t found it so easy to attend our concerts but always maintained an interest in choir matters. Malcolm’s funeral is being held at The Church of the Sacred Heart, Paignton on Friday 18 May at 10.30am.
On Saturday 26 May, David and Mo Jones will be shutting the door for the final time as their Brixham Stationers business closes. Over 15+ years David, or as most people knew him, ‘Jonesy’, is now looking forward to retirement with the family and doing all those things he has never had time to do before. On behalf of the choir, I thank him for all his help over the years seeing to our printing and copying needs including, concert & raffle tickets, concert programmes and posters. We wish them both a very happy future and look forward to seeing them at our future concerts.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – 15 May 2018
Below – David & Mo Jones of Brixham Stationers as they see to some last-minute copying work.
To the delight of the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir, their concert last Saturday (12th May 2018) was received with rapturous applause. Held in ‘The Church of the Sacred Heart’ in Cecil Road, Paignton, the concert was also attended by the BOMVC’s sister choir ‘The Riviera Singers’ with their Musical Director, Margaret Johnstone also taking the role as the concerts soloist. It is many years since the BOMVC has held a concert in this beautiful church and Rev’d. Fr. Mark O’Keeffe and his congregation made everyone welcome. Both choirs sang to a full church, enjoying the opportunity to sing a wide selection and range of pieces from their varied repertoires. To finish the concert both choirs joined together to sing ‘Let There be Peace on Earth’, enjoyed by all who attended. The concert raised £800.00 for Church Funds.
The choir’s fund-raising activities were further boosted the week before when at their coffee morning in the Christian Community Centre £441.00 was raised for choir funds. These fund-raising events make a huge difference to the choir and what it is able to do and once again thanks go to all who supported the morning and to all choir members and helpers who made the morning possible.
Last Saturday, St John’s Church, Totnes welcomed two visiting choirs in the form of Plymouth Area Police Choir and the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir. In aid of church funds, both choirs took the opportunity to join together for two old favourites at the start and finish of the concert, of ‘Llanfair’ and ‘Morte Criste’. With a combined choir of sixty plus choristers they raised the roof filling the church with ambient sound. Throughout the evening each choirs drew from a complete range of songs from Elvis Presley, through songs from the shows, entertaining their audience with familiar and less well-known tunes. In addition, concert goers were treated to the wonderful sound of ‘Devon Close Harmony Quartet’, with their rich mix of barbershop and cappella music bringing a real breadth of song to the evening. The concert raised £600.00 to help the church continue with their replacement windows fund.
As Brixham awaits the full fury of the ‘Beast from the East’, the decision was made yesterday to cancel tonight’s choir practice. With snow being a reluctant visitor to Brixham, it does however, make for some very pretty photos. We may be missing a practice tonight but for some, snuggled up in front of the fire along with a cuppa, thoughts might just stretch to looking through our music tonight!! So my message is to keep warm and safe and roll on Spring with bright warm and sunny weather.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – Thursday 1 March 2018
The choir took a leap of faith these last couple of days when it met at Preston Baptist Church, venue for an evening’s technical rehearsal followed by a full-days recording session. Working with Steve Swinden from Chorum Records, it was more like a workshop than a recording session and a wonderful opportunity for the choir to sing at their best. The church itself is in the final stages of redecoration but this didn’t stop recording work going ahead. With wonderful acoustics and an absence of exterior ambient noise, it just made for the perfect location for our recording activities. As to what was sung, well that’s a secret for the present, so keep an eye on the news page for a forthcoming announcement of our new CD launch as it’s been a while since our last CD ‘Eventide’ was published.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – 17 February 2018