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Convention Here We Come
The latest picture of Vale Harmony…in the performance outfit we’ll be wearing for this year’s Annual Convention in Harrogate on May 25th 2018.
We’ll be singing in the third of the four divisions which divide up the 39 competing choruses… and we’ll be hoping to emulate our achievement three years ago in topping our league.
If we win it would be a tremendous way to celebrate our 40th anniversary. The chorus was founded in 1978 and we’re still going strong. Three new singers have just become members and we’re always keen to welcome anyone who wants to come and sing with us.
If that’s you, just ring our PRO Colin on 07766 524833 .
We rehearse every Wednesday night at St Andrews Centre in Pershore, opposite the Abbey, starting at 7.45pm.
Dave is our Barbershopper of the Year 2018
Dave Tresigne was voted Vale Harmony’s Barbershopper of the Year (BOTY) at the club’s annual dinner in April.
Dave, from Evesham, sings in the Lead Section of the chorus. The annual award goes to the member who’s done the most for the club during the year and it’s a thoroughly deserved honour for Dave for all his work to help keep the club running smoothly.
Well done , Dave !
Pleased To Be Able To Help…
Alzheimer’s Research UK
We’re delighted to say that Alzheimer’s Research UK have benefitted to the tune of almost £2,000 from our fundraising efforts during 2017.
We made a total of £1,927.49……the bulk of it from our Christmas Cracker concert at Pershore Abbey in December accompanied by our good friends from Bristol, the Great Western Chorus.
Zoe Baggott, the Regional Fundraising Officer for ARUK came to our rehearsal on Wednesday (7th Jan) to present us with a Certificate (below) and we were delighted to be able to serenade her with half a dozen of our favourite songs. Pleased to be of help, Zoe, for such an important cause.
What a lovely way to kick off the New Year, presenting a cheque to Leukaemia Care.
It was for £276.99, the amount raised in a singout along with children from St Barnabas School last December at the Sainsbury’s store in Blackpole in Worcester.
SaraJohnson from Leukaemia Care came along to one of our rehearsals to accept the cheque. Pleased we could help the Worcester-based charity which helps people diagnosed with leukaemia..
(Above) Sara accepting the cheque from our Chorus Director, Mike Gearey, at our rehearsal room at the St Andrew’s Centre in Pershore.
Another £181 for Alzheimer’s Research UK
We’re delighted to say that our singouts at Hillers Farm Shop and the Ellenden Farm Shop on Saturday (16th Dec)
raised £181 for our chosen charity this year, Alzheimer’s Research UK.
If you were there and heard and saw us sing…we hope you enjoyed it. If you donated some money to ARUK, many thanks indeed!
Check it out, check it out !
Vale Harmony as you’ve never seen us before….
Basket cases…or just fellas having fun singing anywhere, anytime….
If you happened to be in the Sainsbury’s store at Blackpole in Worcester on Saturday (9th Dec) you probably wondered what was going on.
It was Vale Harmony raising money for LeukaemiaCARE in a ‘carol-athon’ at the superstore. After singing outside at the entrance our guys decided to take to the aisles to serenade shoppers.
Together with the children of Str Barnabas Primary School, who also sang at the “Carol-athon” we raised £276.99 for LeukaemiaCARE
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What a Christmas Cracker that was !!!!
2nd December 2017
£1,500 Christmas gift for Alzheimer’s Research UK
(Above) The magnificent Great Western Chorus (including Elvis) with their Musical Director Linda Corcoran
A huge thank you to everybody who came to Pershore Abbey on Saturday (2nd December) for our A Cappella Christmas Cracker concert...
It was a full house and a fabulous atmosphere as we all enjoyed the best of the spectacular Great Western Chorus and the ‘small but beautifully formed’ Vale Harmony(below)
And the best news of all is that , from the proceeds of the concert, we’ve been able to give the fabulous sum of £1,500 to Alzheimer’s Research UK, our chosen charity this year.
Zoe Baggott, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK said: “We were delighted that Vale Harmony chose this special event to raise vital funds for dementia research. I was so impressed by the performances of both Vale Harmony and Great Western, and really enjoyed the varied and entertaining programme that had been put together.
“We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped with the planning and organising, and to all who came along on the night. The money raised will be invaluable in helping us try to bring about a life-changing dementia treatment by 2025.
Mike Gearey, from Droitwich , who’s our Chorus Director added: “Vale Harmony was privileged to sing in Pershore Abbey once again with our friends from the Great Western Chorus of Bristol, the current UK Barbershop Champions. We are pleased and delighted by the support and generosity of the public at our concert which has allowed us in turn to support ARUK as our chosen charity for this year.”
We’ve had this feedback (below) from one members of the audience…thanks so much, Gill for your lovely words.
“The concert in Pershore Abbey was really spectacular. The Abbey itself is a fantastic place to hold a concert before Christmas.
I was absolutely overwhelmed with Vale Harmony and their fantastic chorus. You could see the dedication they had all put in, and it was a real thrill to see them performing. They filled the Abbey with delight.
As they say, it’s not the quantity, but the quality and Vale Harmony certainly achieved that. Especially when they all dressed in their gold and black. They all look stunning!!!
Great Western also gave a magnificent performance. But I really felt that when Vale Harmony joined with them, it was Great Western supporting Vale Harmony in a wonderful Venue.
Well done Guys. Thanks for starting the magic of Christmas.”
Paul Branston from Great Western has told us:
We are all very pleased it went so well. We all enjoyed the event and if it has raised good money to help fight this dreadful disease then so much the better.Hope we can do it all again some time in the future.
If you were there on Saturday and you have any feedback for us, please contact us here
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Yes, you can do it !
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 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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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.