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Fran and James make music

JUNE 27 - a former choir music director writes:

On a beautiful cloudless afternoon in an ancient church situated in the stunningly attractive Suffolk village of Martlesham, Fran Ringer, the choir’s past pianist, married James Jeffries, past choir second tenor, on Saturday July 21.

Fran had a vocal trio performing music throughout the service that she herself had arranged. Making her entrance to a very fetching arrangement of Can’t Help Falling In Love, Fran took an audible intake of breath as she looked down the aisle on the arm of her father before joining her fiancé at the steps of the altar.

Making no errors with the words, both gave a faultless ‘performance’ in a ceremony that was marked by the couple’s obvious happiness on their big day.



Richard, Fran and  Darren 


The 2017 choir social - the best ever!


A key moment in the CMVC social on Thursday December 14 was the presentation to Darren as he said farewell after 22 years with the choir.

There were many more magic moments at the social as a succession of choir members, some performing for the first time, stepped up to present their party pieces.   It was widely agreed that this was the best social of recent years, as so many members performed and the standard of contributions was so high.  Here are some photos of the performers:

Tony Keel: Luck be a Lady....

Trevor Watkins: 


Neil Pontin: Butterworth's True Lover's Farewell


Pete Smith: Delilah

The Alan goes to Martin

Martin Perkins is the proud recipient of this year’s Alan prize, awarded to members for outstanding contributions to the choir’s wellbeing.

Martin receives Alan Shield from Kim:  "my humblest day"

At the presentation on the final day of the choir’s Suffolk tour on 16 July, chair Kim Ormond spoke of the dedication and perseverance demonstrated by second tenor Martin in his role as chief reconnaissance officer for the choir’s après venues – the informal singing by the choir following a concert.  Martin would spend many an hour visiting local pubs and ensuring that the one selected was of an appropriate quality and served beer that would match the choir’s expectations and tastes.

In addition, Kim spoke of the fortitude Martin displayed following his unfortunate accident during a choir walk in December 2015, when he slipped on the wintry surface and fractured an ankle ­– never missing a rehearsal despite his crutches and plaster.  “He is an inspiration to us all,” Kim commented.

Martin was visibly moved when he received the famous trophy from Kim at the Holiday Inn, Ipswich, later commenting: “This is the humblest day of my life.”

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.  

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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