Hello and Welcome to the Vale Harmony website
Whether you’ve hit on us for the first time… or you are a regular visitor… we hope you’ll be pleased with what you read .
Do explore the website and see what we’ve been up to, find out what we do and what we are up to in the near future.
Yours in harmony,
Colin Pemberton, PRO.
Wow, Eddie ! You did it! Fantastic!
(Above) Eddie strapped to a parachutist from Skydive London in the freefall stage of his skydive.
Our Engagements Secretary, Eddie Howell,has raised an amazing £8,000 for charity with his gutsy tandem skydive .
At the ripe young age of 81, Eddie made an exhilarating jump from 10,000 feet at Wanborough airfield near Swindon on Sunday 17th September.
He took the plunge to raise money in memory of his eldest daughter Cherry, who died a year last December a ged 56. The proceeds from his jump will go to St Richard’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK.
Eddie’s £8,300 total was given an extraordinary boost by his 99-year old uncle, Charles Howell, who lives near the airfield in Swindon and who donated £5,000.
Said Eddie: ” My uncle said he envied my courage. I am very lucky to have had such tremendous support from all my family and friends”.
“It was the best experience of my life, and one which could not possibly be equalled”
Eddie told his Vale Harmony colleagues afterwards: “The freefall stage lasted about 6 minutes and they seemed like the longest six minutes of my life but it was marvellous” .
Four Vale Harmony colleagues were there to see him and sang a very appropriate tag “Some Day I”l Fly Away”.
(Above) Chuffed to bits at his achievement .
Eddie is keeping his online giving page open until December 2018 , aiming to increase his total with a concert in June next year, at Evesham Arts Centre. Striving to reach £10,000, he’ll be staging two performances of ‘Ahoy’, a musical story based on the raising of the Mary Rose.
His giving page is: virginmoney giving.com/EddieHowell
Eddie sends his thanks to everyone who sponsored him. We’ll keep you updated on the final amount he’s raised.
COME AND SING WITH VALE HARMONY
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A SKYDIVER TO SING WITH VALE HARMONY…
YOU’LL BE WELCOME WHATEVER YOU DO….
call Colin on 07766 524833.
Yes, you can sing !!
WE ‘VE MOVED HOME …TO PERSHORE
It’s a really exciting time for Vale Harmony.
Our move to the St Andrew’s Centre opposite Pershore Abbey is now complete and we’re settling in to our new rehearsal venue. Rehearsal night is still Wednesday nights and if you live in or near Pershore and fancy singing with us, do get in touch and come along from 7.45pm to 10pm. You can contact our PRO ,Colin, on 07766 524833 or e-mail him at [email protected]ny.co.uk
Vale Harmony’s official title is the Pershore Barbershop Harmony Club, and club chairman, Chris Franey, said it was an appropriate location, bringing the chorus ‘back home’.
Chris says: “We’re sorry to be leaving Fladbury but St Andrew’s Hall is at the heart of Pershore and puts us closer to a large number of people as the town and district continues to grow. We hope there’ll be men who’d like to come and sing with us who’ll find it more convenient for coming out on Wednesday nights for two hours of singing for pleasure,”
The chorus would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Fladbury Village Hall Committee for your kind comments in the Five Alive Magazine. We’ve had many good years with you and we wish you well, too.
HISTORIC NIGHT FOR VALE HARMONY
We’ve recorded our first CD!
(Above) Chorus Director, Mike Gearey, conducting us with the recording kit in the foreground.
We dressed in our black and gold outfits for this special night on 16th August 2017…to record 12 tracks with a view to cutting a compact disc for sale.]It’s the first time in our 40 year history that we’ve made a CD.
Recording enginerr Martin Lumsden from Hertfordshire came up to Fladbury village hall for the 90-minute recording session. Martin’s now busy working on the final mix and we look forward to receiving the disc in due course.
We sang :
Hello Mary Lou; Georgia, In My Room; Sweet Hour of Prayer, I Don’t Know Why; Yes Sir, That’s My Baby; Old St Louie; When I’m 64; Caroline; For All We Know; Is this The Way to Amarillo, and “The Last Two” which are always sung at the end of barbe
IF YOU’ D LIKE TO SING
WITH VALE HARMONY…
call Colin on 07766 524833.
Yes, you can do it !
Thanks for coming to see us at the Pershore Plum Fayre – we had a great time….
(Above) Chris Hartwright was Chorus Director for the day…pic by Julie Turvey
We were delighted to be in Plum Alley for an hour on Saturday 12th August as part of the Pershore Plum Fayre festivities.
Many thanks to our wives and girlfriends for coming to support us and to hand out recruitment leaflets, and to Lynne in particular for holding the bucket, collecting £29.36 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
More pictures by Julie on our Gallery page…
IF YOU’ D LIKE TO SING WITH VALE HARMONY…call Colin on 07766 24833. Yes, you can do it !
Dates for your Diary in December 2017:
Saturday 2nd December
A Cappella Christmas Cracker at Pershore Abbey
Vale Harmony team up with the 2017 UK Barbershop Champions, The Great Western Chorus of Bristol for an evening of superb entertainment .
In the magnificent surroundings of Pershore Abbey we’ll be emulating the success of our first concert together last year where we played to a full house and many plaudits.
This time there’ll be a strong flavour of Christmas songs as well as some traditional barbershop tunes. Details of how and where to buy tickets will be on this website soon… but save the date in your diary.
IF YOU’ D LIKE TO COME AND SING WITH VALE HARMONY…call Colin on 07766 524833. Yes, you can do it !
Saturday 9th December
Supermarket Singout…Songs at Sainsbury’s..
We’ll be singing from 11am to 12 noon at the Blackpole Sainsbury’s store . We’ll be raising money for Leukaemia CARE whose Headquarters are nearby .
Saturday 16th December :
Farm Shops…in Harmony with the soil.
- HILLERS FARM SHOP: near the Dunnigton Crossroads near Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. We signign there in the morning.
- ELLENDEN FARM SHOP: between Evesham and Harvington. We’re singing there in the afternoon.
IF YOU’ D LIKE TO SING WITH VALE HARMONY…
Colin on 07766 524833. Yes, you can do it !
We Sang for the Lord Mayor of Dudley !!
Vale Harmony came a close second to the Anvil Chorus from Birmingham in the Dudley Competitive Arts Festival on Saturday 4th March 2017…. and in the true spirit of harmony we joined forces with the victors to entertain the Mayor and Mayoress of Dudley.
Together we sang Hello Mary Lou to the civic couple and received warm applause from them.
In the competition itself, Vale Harmony sang ” Sweet Hour of Prayer” , followed by the more upbeat number “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”. Both received favourable comment from the judge and a score of 85 out of 100… but it wasn’t enough to beat the 88 points awarded to the bigger, 26-strong Anvil Chorus. Congratulations Anvil…and we’ll see you in the ring next year!
(Above) Vale Harmony and Anvil Chorus pause for a photo with the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Dudley…
Thanks for your Thanks…
Our friends at the Worcester-based national charity Leukaemia CARE came along to Fladbury Village Hall for our rehearsal on Wednesday 25th Jan to show their thanks for singing for them at the Victorian Fayre in Worcester last November.
Claire Boston from LeukaemiaCARE presented our chairman Chris Franey with a Certificate of Appreciation for the £108.81 that their volunteers collected while we were on stage singing in the High Street.
We’re delighted , Claire, to be able to help the work you and your colleagues carry out in helping and giving practical advice to those who’ve been diagnosed with blood cancers.
In the three years we’ve now been singing at the Victorian Fayre we’ve now raised a total of £540 for LeukaemiaCARE.
As you can see below, it was a pretty chilly singout that day, but it warms our hearts to know we’re helping people in times of need.
We hope you enjoy this piece of video of us singing ” I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”. It may take a little while to load, so feel free to scroll down this page and have a look at what we’re up to. The video was taken for us by Neil Barlow, who’s been coming to our rehearsals for a number of weeks now with hopes of becoming a full member.
(Above) Pity it was so chilly …..
(Below) Volunteer collectors from Leukaemia CARE pictured with us.
If you liked what you heard and you fancy coming to sing with us, please click on the Join Us page or simply drop into Fladbury Village Hall around 7.30pm/7.45pm on any Wednesday night and you’ll get a very warm welcome.
If you liked what you heard and you’d like to hire us to sing at a function you might be organising, give our PRO Colin a ring on 07766 524833 or get in touch by e-mail via our Hire Us page.
Pershore Abbey What an A Cappella Extravaganza !!!
Saturday 2nd April 2016
A night we’ll never forget
A full house in Pershore Abbey, 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
Well done to those seven who came to the day-long workshop(below)
We hope you’re enjoying the website of Vale Harmony , singing A Cappella in Worcestershire
We’re a small and friendly chorus with ambitions to grow a little bigger. If you’re thinking you might like to come along and join us , just 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 St Andrew’s Centre, Pershore , where we rehearse every Wednesday evening at 7.45pm in the village hall.
BUSKING DAY IN PERSHORE
Buskers from Great Western in Pershore on Saturday 19th March gave us a taste of things to come..
We we’re enormously grateful to the eightguys from Great Western Chorus who came up to Pershore on Saturday 19th March 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
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)
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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!
To see more of us.. and our achievements last year… please click on our Gallery page.