Did You See Us In Crowngate in Worcester?
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.
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.
WE ‘VE MOVED HOME …TO PERSHORE
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,”
Wow, Eddie ! You did it! Fantastic! The Sky’s the Limit!
(Above) Eddie strapped to a parachutist from Skydive London in the freefall stage of his skydive.
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 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’ll 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….
just go to our Contact Us page
Yes, you can sing !!
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 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.
IF YOU’ D LIKE TO SING WITH VALE HARMONY…just go to our Contact Us page
12th August 2017
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…pix by Julie Turvey
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 !
4th March 2017
We Sang for the Lord Mayor of Dudley !!
(Above) Vale Harmony and Anvil Chorus pause for a photo with the Mayor and Lady Mayoress 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.
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.
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!
What a 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
(below) What a great bunch of actors…..
Worcester’s Victorian Fayre 2016
Below: On stage in the High Street
Below: Alex and Claire from LeukaemiaCARE and their young helpers…
Below: Sorry we’re not showing off our burgundy sweaters, but it was a bit nippy out there….
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 Us page.
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 2015
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)
Our grateful thanks go to our sponsors and suppporters
- The Evesham Hotel
- Hillers Fish Shop
- Coughton Court
- Dudleys Coaches
- 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 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.
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
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
Vale Harmony on BBC Midlands Today…!
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.
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