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Jean Cantrell


We are very sad to have to report the death on 22 March of Jean Cantrell, beloved wife of choir top tenor Brian Cantrell, and a tireless choir supporter, renowned for her culinary spreads at choir socials and other choir occasions.  The choir extends its profound sympathy to Brian and their family.  

 
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

The second recording session for our new CD will take place on Saturday March 3 2018 at St Mark's, Woodcote from 1pm to 4.30pm.

 
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Dick Jones wins choir prize

This year’s winner of the choir’s Alan Shield is second tenor Dick Jones.

Dick is presented with the Alan Shield by Kim at choir dinner

Dick, who was presented with the shield at the choir dinner on 16 January, was given the award for his help to the choir in a number of ways listed by choir chair Kim Ormond.

Most recently, Dick organised the wonderful concerts given locally by the Ukraine choir the Boyan Ensemble.  The CMVC gave its backing to these concerts and won both good-will and publicity by doing so.

Dick has also run the summer après rehearsal sessions, and arranged for a choir training workshop which took place in 2011 and was conducted by Stephen Brown.    In addition, he recruited several new members from the Croydon Philharmonic Choir.  Making the presentation, Kim thanked Dick for his dedication to the choir.

Dick, who joined CMVC some fifteen years ago, said that he was “surprised and delighted” to have won the award.  He pointed out to the choir that the success of the two Boyan concerts resulted from the efforts of a number of other people, not only himself.  “I am very pleased to accept the honour jointly with all who helped to make my task easier.”

Dick and Kim with shield at Sandilands (photo JWT)

The Alan Shield is awarded every year to choir members judged by the committee to have made an important contribution to the choir’s activities.  Last year’s winner was concert organiser Stewart Robinson.  The full name of the award is the Alan Robertshaw Shield and it is named after a former choir president who set up the award when he left the choir in the 1990s.


 
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Dorothy Evans (1947-2015)

Jon and Dorothy on tour with the choir at Canons Ashby in May 2013

With great sadness, we report the death of Dorothy Evans.  Dorothy, wife of choir bass Jon, died at Croydon University Hospital on Thursday, 22 October. She was 68 and had suffered from a return of cancer which first affected her in 2008.  Dorothy and Jon were married for 46 years and have two sons, Nick and Laurence.  Dorothy was widely popular for her sociable and ebullient character and she was a frequent presence at choir events.  The choir offers its profound sympathy to Jon and his family. 

 
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THE NEW CHOIR PHOTOS

JWT has delivered the new choir group photos that were taken to mark our fortieth anniversary.    Printed copies are now on sale from JWT.

Names, left to right, from back:

Ernest Williams, Nick Hewitt, Jon Evans, Peter L Gillman, Roger Parkinson, Matthew Wood, Dave Bannister, Ken Chesson, Ralph Osborne, John Hills

Steve Kelly, Dick Jones, Bulla Robinson, Jeff Burtt, Neil Pontin, Tom Jones, Gerry Upjohn, Neville Clark, John Giffen, Bob Mackay

Brian Cantrell, George Young, Keith Sandland, Rob Newall, Paul Binge, Chris Beckley, Martin Perkins, Mark Hughes, Steve Lloyd, Michael Rowe

Octavio Lopez-Garcia, George Stevens, Alex Callender, Vic Wallace, Michael Pardon, John Marshall, Dave Brooker, Bernard Maguire, Ian Martin, Andrew Dadley, Hugh Evans

Phil Blewett, Peter Gillman, Ben Kennedy, Stewart Robinson, John Ward Turner, Frances Ringer, Richard Hoyle, Darren Wilkins, Roger Lee, Tim Ramskill, Tony Keel, Trevor Watkins 

Also members: Kimball Ormond, John Aitkenhead, Ted Mouat, Dick Diplock, Phil Talmage, Jay Rastall, Mike Lane, John Dale, Phil Lewis, Keith Meredith, Peter Smith, Dave Berry



Names, left to right, from back:

Ernest Williams, Nick Hewitt, Jon Evans, Peter L Gillman, Roger Parkinson, Matthew Wood, Dave Bannister, Ken Chesson, Ralph Osborne, John Hills

Steve Kelly, Dick Jones, Bulla Robinson, Jeff Burtt, Neil Pontin, Tom Jones, Gerry Upjohn, Neville Clark, John Giffen, Bob Mackay

Brian Cantrell, George Young, Keith Sandland, Rob Newall, Paul Binge, Chris Beckley, Martin Perkins, Mark Hughes, Steve Lloyd, Michael Rowe, Brian Cousins

Octavio Lopez-Garcia, George Stevens, Alex Callender, Vic Wallace, Michael Pardon, John Marshall, Dave Brooker, Bernard Maguire, Ian Martin, Andrew Dadley, Hugh Evans

Phil Blewett, Peter Gillman, Ben Kennedy, Stewart Robinson, John Ward Turner, Frances Ringer, Richard Hoyle, Darren Wilkins, Roger Lee, Tim Ramskill, Tony Keel, Trevor Watkins

Also members: Kimball Ormond, John Aitkenhead, Ted Mouat, Dick Diplock, Phil Talmage, Jay Rastall, Mike Lane, John Dale, Phil Lewis, Keith Meredith, Peter Smith, Dave Berry

PS One member appears in this photo but not the one at the top.  Can you spot him?


 
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MEANWHILE IN KESTON....

While the wedding of the year was taking place in Croydon on Sunday 9 August, across in Keston a happy band of members, family and friends gathered for the choir barbecue, graciously hosted by Kimball and Annie Ormond, choir chair and consort respectively.

The 50-strong barbecue-goers ate, drank and sang the afternoon away. The musical highlight was the serenading of baritone Mark and Janine Hughes, who were celebrating their wedding anniversary, with the Anniversary Waltz, conducted by choir stalwart ‘Big’ Nev Clark.

Other features included the presentation of a new urn of Ashes to Aussie Jon Evans, made by Pete Smith with a suitably gloating speech; and failed attempts by Paul Binge (baritone) and Peter Gillman (bass) to walk the log across the Ormonds’ sumptuous swimming pool.   Only Sally Binge made the crossing successfully.

We are pleased to present a selection of photographs taken by John Ward Turner, Keith Sandland and Peter Gillman.

Pete Smith and Aussie Jon see the funny side of England's Ashes win

The choir serenades Mark and Janine Hughes

Members display their culinary skills

Big Nev conducts

Peter Gillman loses his balance and dignity during log-walking test

 
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