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Summer concert closes season
JULY 12: The Croydon choir closed its 2015-16 season with a stirring performance at Croydon High School on Saturday July 9. The school’s concert hall was packed to hear the choir sing a selection from its current repertoire, including the three poignant WW1 commemorative pieces it performed on its tour to Ypres in May.
The concert opened with the jaunty Can’t Help Falling in Love and – in a switch from the published running order – closed with the stirring American Trilogy. For an encore, it sang the rousingBrotherhood of Man from the musical How to Succeed in Business without really Trying.
JUNE 1: The Croydon choir has paid its tribute to the fallen of World War One during an affecting and fulfilling visit to Ypres in Belgium, the location of some of the bloodiest fighting of the entire war.
The choir sings during wreath-laying ceremony at Menin Gate (photo JWT)
On Friday May 27, the choir took part in the regular Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, built in 1927 to commemorate the 55,000 Allied soldiers who went missing in successive battles at Ypres. While wreaths were laid, the choir sang the moving valedictory Mansions of the Lord, followed by the equally poignant last verse of Keep the Home Fires Burning. Around 600 people witnessed the ceremony and a number told choir members afterwards how moved they were by our singing.
MAY 3: The choir is preparing for its visit to Ypres, Belgium, which promises to be a memorable event. The choir will sing at the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate on Friday evening, May 27. On Saturday May 28 it will be performing a full repertoire at St George's Church, Ypres, which was built after the war to commemorate the fallen. More than one hundred choir members and supporters are already booked to make the trip.
Menin Gate, Ypres
The Ypres appearance follows a highly successful concert at Shirley Methodist Church on April 9, which helped to raise more than £1000 for the Hall Grange care-home charity.
Next up - the Patrons' Concert!
June 21: The choir is hard at work rehearsing for the final concert of the current season - the annual Patrons' Concert, which takes place at Croydon High School on Saturday July 9. The school is in Old Farleigh Road, CR2 8YB, and the concert starts at the usual time of 7.30pm.
The Patrons' Concert is always one of the highlights of the year. We will be singing a lovely selection from our current repertoire, including several of the pieces which proved so successful during our WW1 commemoration visit to Ypres. Tickets cost just £10, great value as they include a glass of wine or soft drink, and can be purchased on the door.
The photograph shows us at our last concert at St Mark's in Biggin Hill. That too was a great success. More than 130 people attended - a full house - and we raised over £300 for the Deptford Reach charity.
Choir serenades new mayor
MAY 27: CMVC performed at the inauguration ceremony for Croydon’s new mayor, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, at Fairfields Halls on Thursday May 26. The choir sang in the concert-hall foyer as the mayor made his entrance and then formally greeted his guests in the reception area at the top of the stairs.
Mayor Wayne and partner Michael with the choir at the mayor's inauguration dinner
FEBRUARY 7: The Croydon choir gave a rousing performance in West Wickham yesterday. In its first visit to Emmanuel Church, it entertained a 100-plus audience with a selection from its current repertoire, starting with Battle Hymn of the Republic and ending with American Trilogy.
The choir at Emmanuel church, West Wickham
As Emmanuel’s minister, the Revd Bill Bowman, pointed out in his speech of thanks, both pieces ended appropriately with stirring Hallelujahs. Revd Bowman told the audience that it had been a “privilege” to hear the choir and he hoped we would return before too long. The concert raised some £400 for the church’s current charity, the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.