£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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoppers in the Crowngate centre heard us long before they could see us on Saturday (4th Nov) and judging by the enthusiastic response they enjoyed what we were singing.

The singout was a promotion for the Christmas Cracker concert  and it raised a healthy £131 for Alzheimer’s Research UK , who’ll be the main recipients of the profits from the concert.

A big thank you to all of you who stopped and enjoyed our songs.. and for being so generous with your donations to charity.

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Yours in harmony,

Colin Pemberton, PRO.

After many years at Fladbury vilage hall we moved back to Pershore, to the St Andrew’s Centre opposite Pershore Abbey.

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]

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 said: “We’re sorry to have left 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,”

Our Engagements Secretary, Eddie Howell, 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 17thSeptember.

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’ll Fly Away”.

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….

just go to our Contact Us page

Yes, you can sing !!

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 history that we’ve made a CD.

Recording engineer 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 barbershop rehearsals.

We were delighted to be in Plum Alley for an hour on Saturday 12th August 2017  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.

IF YOU’ D LIKE TO SING WITH  VALE HARMONY…simply go to our Contact Us page. Yes, you can do it !

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.

Vale Harmony and Anvil Chorus pause for a photo with the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Dudley…

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.

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.

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 2016

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.