£1,500 Christmas gift for Alzheimer’s Research UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A huge thank you to everybody who came to Pershore Abbey on Saturday 2nd December for ourA 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

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.

Cheers,

Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 2016. Mike Gearey, our new MD on the left, and new member ,Tony Belmont, in the middle of the front row.

Mikki Camfield from Leukaemia CARE came to our first rehearsal of 2016  to present us with a Certificate of Appreciation 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

Story  in Worcester News online 8th Jan 2016

(above) Mikki Camfield, Fundraising Officer from LeukaemiaCARE presenting their Certificate of Appreciation to our Musical Director Mike Gearey

If you liked what you heard and you fancy coming to sing with us, please click on the Join  Us page or simply drop in to the St Andrews Centre, Church Walk, Pershore around 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, via our Hire Uspage.

If you’d like to find out more about the wonderful work of LeukaemiaCARE  please go to :
  www.leukaemiacare.org.uk or give them a call  on 01905 755977 if you want to help their fundraising efforts

 

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.

What a Great(Western) night !

Thank you Linda and the guys, it was a brilliant experience to sing with you.

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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.

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(Left ) Vale Harmony Chairman Chris Hartwright and MD Mike Gearey getting a celebratory medal from GWC.

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Vale Harmony’s New MD Mike Gearey (below) with his counterpart at Great Western, Linda Corcoran.

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 VALE HARMONY: Come and Join Us…..

And wasn’t it a Great night too ..

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 cappellachoruses 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a great night at the Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove on American Independence Day, Saturday July 4th2015

For the first time, Vale Harmony and our sistera cappellachorus, 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)

Our grateful thanks go to our sponsors and suppporters

  • The Evesham Hotel
  • Hillers Fish Shop
  • Coughton Court
  • Dudleys Coaches
  • Hillers
  • All Pages
  • Farm Shop
  • Flava’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant, Evesham

……and many individuals who helped arrange the concert

The Redditch Orchestra played the  Stars & Stripes March and the Liberty Bell Marchby Sousa, dances from Copland’s Rodeoand a medley from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma.

Vale Connection took us from the east coast of the USA with New York, New Yorkover to the west withSan 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 Bandthrough to5ft 2 Eyes of Blueand Georgia. The whole evening finished with the orchestra and the two choruses  all together in a colourful rendition of Americafrom West Side Story.

 BBC TV presenter, Michael Collie( below), was the compere for our show.

The ladies of Vale Connection (below)celebrating after the Evesham concert.

(above)The Redditch Orchestra  and Vale Harmony on stage at The Artrix Theatre , Bromsgrove on July 4th American Independence Day

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.

Vale Harmony Barbershop Chorus featured on BBC’ Midlands Today’s coverage of World Cup Songs in June 2014.

If you click on the video below  you’ll see and hear our musical contribution to England’s World Cup build up . The report is presented by Nick Owen and Vale Harmony come about two thirds of the way into it.

Click here for BBC – World Cup Music Coverage – Vale Harmony featured from Jonathan Brooke on Vimeo.

Vale Harmony –  our winning performance at the 2014 Convention

The second video is our Division Four Championship winning performance at the Annual Convention in Harrogate. Enjoy!

We sang on stage at the King’s Hall, Harrogate and our winning songs were  Yes Sir, That’s My Baby  and For All We Know

Click here for Vale Harmony at the BABS Convention   from Jonathan Brooke on Vimeo.

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