Hello and Welcome to the Vale Harmony website
What a privilege to take part in the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust charity concert at the Evesham Arts Centre on Friday night (21st Sept). There we are (above) sharing the stage with two excellent brass bands.. The Avonbank Brass Band and the Stour Concert Band.
Thank you Peter Hayward for these fabulous pictures………
..And What a Great Night singing for the Rotary Club..
It was our biggest singout of the year…entertaining more than 100 members of the caravanning section of the Rotary Club. Their members came from all over the country to the Three Counties Showground at Malvern on 15th September where we entertained them after their dinner in the Teme Hall.
They were a fabulous audience and we had the pleasure of mingling with them during the interval .
Our thanks to the Rotarians for their generosity and we look forward to meeting them again one day.
(Above) Master of Ceremonies Alan Martin introducing Vale Harmony at the Teme Hall.
(Above) Mingling with the audience
Well done you guys (below) who came up out of the audience and had a go at singing with us. You were great! Now that you’ve found your voice, why not find a barbershop chorus near you? Log on to the British Association of Barbershop Singers and click on Chorus Locator..don’t let your voice go to waste !!
(Below) Singing “Caroline” to… Caroline.
John Powney has a fund of amusing monologues. Here he is (below) delivering “The Runcorn Ferry”
A huge thank you for all these lovely pictures to our “official photographer” Lynne Pemberton
Next Stop: Evesham Arts Centre Friday 21st September.
Come and see us on stage supporting the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust , singing in between the Stour Concert Brass and the Avonbank Brass Band . Tickets are now on sale.
Congratulations to Eddie… 25 years service to Barbershopping !!
A massive well done from all of us at Vale Harmony to Eddie Howell (above), one of our two tenors, who was awarded his 25 years service badge at the Annual Convention of the British Association of Barbershop Singers in Harrogate this summer.
Eddie, who’s a very young 82 years of age, is a stalwart of Vale Harmony, doing invaluable work as Engagements Secretary and events organiser.
Eddie, from Pinvin, says he would love to welcome to the chorus any newcomer who can sing alongside him and his fellow tenor Derek Styles. In barbershop, the tenor is effectively a male soprano and if you are reading this and you fit the part, contact us and we promise you a warm welcome. Just e-mail [email protected] or phone Colin, our PRO, on 07766 524833.
(Above) Our latest performance outfit at Harrogate…how colourful can black be?
We had a great time in Harrogate, although we didn’t manage to come away with any trophies.It was a memorable time particularly for five of our 16 singers who were performing at Convention for the first time !
Competing against 34 other choruses, including the biggest and best of the nation’s barbershop singers, is no mean feat and they did an excellent job.
If you’d like to come and have fun singing with us we are open to all, whether you are already an accomplished singer or an absolute beginniner. Just ring 07766 524833 or send us an e-mail on [email protected] or drop in on one of our rehearsals. We rehearse every Wednesday night at St Andrews Centre in Pershore, opposite the Abbey, starting at 7.45pm.
A warm welcome awaits you.
And talking of newcomers, we say a big hello to two new guys who’ve done just that… one who was cycling by and dropped in on us and another who wasn’t sure whether or not he could sing. He now knows that he can sing and we’re delighted to have them both with us. Cheers chaps.
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 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 2018… 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
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 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.
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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….it’s a great hobby!
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.
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.