What an A Cappella Extravaganza !!!
A full house in Pershore Abbey, acoustics that make those ringing overtones even more amazing, two choruses bringing the audience to their feet in applause, and seven magnificent men who came along to our workshop to learn a song from scratch and ended up on stage singing with us .
What a brilliant day!
GREAT WONDERFUL CONCERT
Thank you so much to our brothers in harmony the ….
GREAT WESTERN CHORUS
for creating with us an amazing, unforgettable day and a truly awe-inspiring concert at Pershore Abbey
Saturday 2nd April 2016
A night we’ll never forget
Well done to those seven who came to the day-long workshop(below)
..and we hope we’ll see you some more at Vale Harmony’s rehearsals. We meet every Wednesday night at 7.45pm at Fladbury Village Hall near Pershore.
For more pictures of our amazing concert at Pershore Abbey please go to our Gallery page….
Welcome to the website of Vale Harmony , singing A Cappella in Worcestershire
….and a particularly warm welcome if you’ve seen our publicity about our joining Vale Harmony. If you think you can’t sing, come along and see us and we’ll show that you most likely CAN sing!
We hope you’ll browse through our website and get in touch.
We’re a small and friendly chorus with ambitions to grow a little bigger. Give our PRO Colin a call on 07766 524833 or go to the Contact Us page with any questions you may have. Hope to see you soon!
If you want to come and join in the fun, do get in touch or come along to Fladbury, where we rehearse every Wednesday evening at 7.45pm in the village hall.
BUSKING DAY IN PERSHORE
A taste of things to come..buskers from Great Western in Pershore on Saturday (19th March)
and we’re enormously grateful to the eightguys from Great Western Chorus who came up to Pershore on Saturday (April 19th) to sing in Chapman Court as a taster for the workshop and concert. It was really cold weatherwise but they genuinely warmed the hearts of people who stopped to listen. Thanks again guys.
Just before they arrived in Pershore , a Vale Harmony octet sang smoothly in the background during a live radio phone interview with Kate Justice on BBC Hereford and Worcester. Well done guys. You sounded good !
TWO FIRSTS AT WORCESTER FESTIVAL
We didn’t get first place this year in the Worcester Competitive Arts Festival at the Royal Grammar School.. that honour went to fellow barbershoppers the Anvil chorus from the West Midlands.. but there were two firsts for us.
It was the first competitive performance under the leadership of our new Musical Director Mike Gearey..well done MIke.
And it was the first public outing for our newest member, Tony Belmont from Tewkesbury. Great to have you on board Tony.
We may not have taken the trophy but we did achieve a Distinction. The Adjudicator, Hilary Webster, said of us: “Very engaging singing , drawing us into your world”….. “lively and enjoyable”. Well done chaps!
Vale Harmony at the Worcester Festival. Mike Gearey, our new MD on the left, and new member ,Tony Belmont, in the middle of the front row.
Best Charity Collection of the day at Victorian Fayre
(above) Mikki Camfield, Fundraising Officer from LeukaemiaCARE presenting their Certificate of Appreciation to our Musical Director Mike Gearey
Mikki Camfield from Leukaemia CARE came to our first rehearsal of the year to present us with a Certificate of Apprecation for our singouts at the Victorian Fayre in Worcester last December
As you’ll see a bit further down the page, we weathered the winds that day to deliver two singouts, one just by Huntingdon Hall in the Crowngate Centre and the other on the High Street. The watching public showed their apprecaition of our singing by putting their hands in their pockets to the tune of £236 for Leukaemia CARE.
Mikki told us that their charity had raised more than any other charity that day… and she gave us a huge Thank You. The pleasure is ours, Mikki and hope we can help you again someday.
Leukaemia CARE is a national charity based in Worcester and gives support to those of all ages who are diagnosed with blood cancer. If you want any more info on them have a look at their website www.leukaemiacare.org.uk
To see how the local press reported it.. double click on this link below
EXCITING YEAR AHEAD IN 2016..look out for the A Cappella Extravanganza in April.
Scroll a bit further down this page and you’ll see us rehearsing with GWC….
Wonderful Time in the Cherry Orchard
A big thank you to the ladies club in Cherry Orchard in Worcester for inviting us to sing to them at their Christmas meeting on December 2nd.
Our set of 9 songs ended with our new Christmas number It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year , and we sang Happy Birthday to those ladies celebrating birthdays. We all then joined together to sing a selection of Christmas Carols.
Ladies, your buffet was fabulous and our thanks go to everyone who made us so welcome. It really was a wonderful time.
Let it Blow, Let it Blow, Let it Blow!
Oh the weather outside was frightful, and though it didn’t snow, there was plenty of blow.
A big thank you to all who stopped, looked and listened to us on Sunday at Worcester’s Victorian Fayre, both outside the Huntingdon Hall and on the High Street.
We much appreciated your appreciation…and we raised £236 for Leukaemia CARE, the Worcester based charity which helps those diagnosed with blood cancers. Well done Mikki Camfield and her team from Leukaemia CARE who were among the crowds with their collection buckets.
Come and Join Us
Men, if you liked what you saw and heard and would like to come and sing with us, please contact us on 07766 524833 or email us on [email protected] or go to our “Contact Us” page on this website.
What a Great Night in Bristol
What a Great(Western) night ! Thank you Linda and the guys, it was a brilliant experience to sing with you.
Wednesday September 30th 2015… a date that will stand out in the history of Vale Harmony.
Thirteen of us travelled down the M5 to Bristol to join the 9 times UK champion chorus at one of their rehearsals.
As one of the smallest a cappella choruses it was fabulous to be part of one of the biggest… and we love that bit about “take a breath when you want to” !!
Our thanks to all you guys and to Linda and we are so looking forward to hosting your workshop and show in Worcestershire next Spring to help raise funds for your Nashville trip and local charities.
(Left ) Vale Harmony Chairman Chris Hartwright and MD Mike Gearey getting a celebratory medal from GWC.
Vale Harmony’s New MD Mike Gearey (below) with his counterpart at Great Western, Linda Corcoran.
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And wasn’t it a Great night too ..
Celebrating America !
at the Evesham Arts Centre!
Together with the ladies of Vale Connection and the musicians of The Redditch Orchestra we raised £1,200 pounds for three local charities with our show on July 18th.
St Richard’s Hospice, the Evesham Abbey Bell Tower Appeal and Leukaemia Care all benefitted from the concert which was attended by more than 150 people.
Leukaemia Care, a national charity based in Worcester which gives support to people diagnosed with blood cancers, raised £415 from the raffle held on the night.
St Richards Hospice and the Evesham Abbey Bell Tower Appeal will share the other proceeds.
(Above) Mikki Camfield (centre) of Leukaemia Care presenting Certificates of Appreciation to Rosemarie Davies, chairman of Vale Connection, and Ian Fothergill, chairman of Vale Harmony.
The concert was a unique collaboration between the two a cappella choruses and The Redditch Orchestra. Our show was a reciprocal performance after we were both guests of the orchestra at The Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove two weeks previously , on American Independence Day itself.
Both evenings were dedicated to the music and songs of the USA
(above) The Redditch Orchestra and Vale Harmony on stage at The Artrix Theatre , Bromsgrove on July 4th American Independence Day
The ladies of Vale Connection celebrating after the Evesham concert.
BBC TV presenter, Michael Collie( below), was the compere for our show.
The Redditch Orchestra played the Stars & Stripes March and the Liberty Bell March by Sousa, dances from Copland’s Rodeo and a medley from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma.
Vale Connection took us from the east coast of the USA with New York, New York over to the west with San Francisco Blues. Their Musical Director, Amanda Ballard , made an entertaining arrangement of theme tunes from various TV Westerns called A Fistful of Cowboys
Vale Harmony sang a range of songs reflecting the American tradition of Barbershop , ranging from Yes Sir, That’s My Baby, and Alexander’s Ragtime Band through to 5ft 2 Eyes of Blue and Georgia. The whole evening finished with the orchestra and the two choruses all together in a colourful rendition of America from West Side Story.
Our grateful thanks go to our sponsors and suppporters
- The Evesham Hotel
- Hillers Fish Shop
- Coughton Court
- Dudleys Coaches
- Hillers Farm Shop
- Flava’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant, Evesham
……and many individuals who helped arrange the concert
American triumph with the Redditch Orchestra and Vale Connection!!
What a great night at the Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove on American Independence Day, Saturday July 4th
For the first time, Vale Harmony and our sister a cappella chorus, Vale Connection, collaborated with The Redditch Orchestra for a celebration in music and song of all things American.
And the finale… America from West Side Story, was a fabulous visual treat.(Below)
VALE HARMONY: Come and Join Us…..
Moving on Up…well done at Llandudno Convention!
WOW….Vale Harmony left the Convention stage with fantastic applause ringing in our ears in a packed Arena at the Venue Cymru in Llandudno on Saturday .
We were the last of 36 choruses to sing in this year’s convention..no pressure then!…and even though the hall was huge, it wasn’t big enough to accommodate everyone who wanted to get in.. obviously they all wanted to hear us!
Newly promoted last year to the 3rd Division, Vale Harmony were placed 4th out of 11 in the Division.. a tremendous climb in just two years.
Competing against the cream of British Barbershopping with some huge choruses, we were judged 25th overall… a rise of three places on last year. Pretty good going, we think, for a chorus of just 16 men!
A huge thanks to our wives and girlfriends whose whoopin’ and hollerin’ spurred us on when we stepped out on stage in front of that cheering crowd.
We delivered our first number “5ft 2, Eyes of Blue” at a cracking pace and, when the applause died down, sang the emotional ballad “Among My Souvenirs” to end the contest.
Well Done Guys.
Celebrating by the Seaside…Vale Harmony smiling after our performance at Llandudno
Come and sing with us! If you’re a man and you’d like to be part of the fun and excitement of singing together, visit our Join Us Page for more information!
So Close Again at Cheltenham
We took part again in the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts last Saturday(May 16th) We didn’t quite pull it off but were were very close behind the winners , the 60-strong choir, Peterborough Voices. We sang our two Convention songs, and performed “with honours” getting 86 points from the judges.
We were described as having ” a sweet tone” and were told “these were enjoyable performances – a friendly atmosphere emanating from you all”.
Club chairman Ian Fothergill said afterwards: “We must have been very close to crossing the winning line in Cheltenham and we can go to Llandudno knowing we can give a good competitive performance of which we will be proud.”
(Above) Vale Harmony after their performance at Cheltenham 2015
To see more of us.. and our achievements last year… please click on our Gallery page.