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Rent An Audience

Strange title for a post about the choir, but the concert last Friday had such a good audience. I wish we could take them with us to all our concerts! They were a fantastic audience at Maryhill Parish Church. As a result I felt that the Choir gave a particularly good performance.

There is no doubt that an audience can affect the way the choir performs. Choirs need feedback from an audience and we can tell how well we are performing and react accordingly.

It is unusual for the audience to join in with some of the pieces but they did. Even with the songs by the 3 soloists. Paul Kane sang a Roger Whittaker song “The Last Farewell”, Sam Monaghan sang “Roamin’ in the Gloamin” (which is meant to have Audience participation) and myself, Richard Chambers, with ‘When I’m 64’. As the evening progressed through the different sections the reactions got better and better.

Now I know that one of the purposes of this web site is to promote the choir and give a positive aspect to everything we do but when we get comments on our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/ClydebankMVC/) like:

William Shields Thank you, Clydebank Male Voice choir, ably conducted by Aileen Barnett and accompanist Sandra Lee, for a truly wonderful and uplifting performance at Maryhill Parish Church last night. I could have listened to your excellent harmonies all night. Looking forward to your April dates.”

then we must be doing something right!

If you would like to come along to our next concert, it will be on Friday 6th April 2018.  It will commence at 7.30 pm at the Old Kilpatrick Church, Bowling. I’m sure you would be more than welcome.

Here we go again

We have another Concert coming up. This time it is on Friday 2nd February at the Maryhill Parish Church, 1990 Maryhill Rd, Glasgow G20 0EF. It will start at 7.30 pm and will be a full standard concert.

The program is:
Gwahoddiad
In Christ alone
My Lord what a morning
Gonna rise up singin’
             Solo
Suo Gan
The lark in the clear air
Nella Fantasia
The flower that shattered the stone
               Solo
Always on my mind
Stars
Bridge over troubled water
Walk away
                Solo
Anthem
Tell my father
He aint heavy,he’s my brother
American trilogy
 Morte Criste

 

So you can see it is a varied and entertaining program. If you live in the area why not come along for a very enjoyable evening. I believe there will be refreshments afterwards as well. Something the choir always look forward to. I will admit that after singing the first cup of tea really hits the spot! The baking also is well appreciated.

 

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Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Well that is all the concerts done for this year. Just a social evening for the members tonight and then a short break. We will be starting again on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at the Dalmuir Community Centre. If you would like to join us then please come along then and see what we are all about.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year


Merry Christmas from the Clydebank Male Voice Choir

So, can I wish all the members of the Choir, as well as Aileen and Sandra, a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. Can I also extend it to any and all visitors to this web site, or our Facebook Page. In fact, why don’t I be very generous. May I send the same greetings to all the members of the audiences and all the people who helped organise all the concerts we have completed this year. Without you each concert would just be a rehearsal!

Just to mention that our first concert in the New Year will be on Friday 2nd February at the Maryhill Parish Church, 1990 Maryhill Rd, Glasgow G20 0EF commencing at 7.30 pm.

 

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Well That Was Different

The short concert at the intuBraehead, in Glasgow, given by the Clydebank Male Voice Choir was a resounding success. Often you will see various choirs at this time of year performing in Shopping Centres and in town centres etc. We were no different and had a short 40 minute program to perform. We were located on a mezzanine ‘bridge’ between the upper and lower mall in Braehead. There was a train running on the lower mall, just below us and the public were either below us or above us. It was noisy and not an ideal location to be singing but boy did we turn it to our advantage.

One thing you can say about a Male Voice Choir, when we want to, we can be heard. Yes it was noisy, but to use a local expression, we gave it ‘laldy’ and they certainly heard us. In fact there was quite a gathering on the upper mall looking down on us and listening. Because of the nature of a shopping mall I did not expect that we would get much reaction from the shoppers wondering by but, boy was I wrong. They were very appreciative and applauded many of the pieces we sang. If you were there and took any photos, we would love to hear from you and we could put some of your photos on our web site and you would be credited for it.

Over the years, and as a result of many Christmas Concerts we have taken part in at the Clydebank Town Hall, we have built up quite a repertoire of ‘Christmas’ themed song, so we were not just singing the usual carols. These were 4 part songs and they went down a bomb. That is not to say that we didn’t sing some carols, we did , but at least it was different.

We were singing on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK.

If you are interested their web site is www.prostatecanceruk.org and whilst we were doing our bit, their collectors were wondering around seeking donations. Following the event they contacted us and advised: “Thank you all so much for performing last night. From out point of view, it was a huge success and wouldn’t have been possible without you guys.” We were glad to be able to oblige. When speaking to a member of the Braehead staff following the concert, she described it as ‘Wonderful‘.

As always, we are constantly looking for new venues to sing at and for new members to join the choir. Whilst the volunteers were handing out their own materials they very kindly included our cards which have this website and facebook details on. I hope that someone will have been impressed enough to contact us for a booking or to join us.

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Christmas Is Coming

Christmas is coming and all over the land Choirs are practising their Carols and Christmas Songs for concerts over the festive season. We are no different, in fact, we have 2 short Christmas Concerts coming up.

The first is for the West Dunbartonshire Council as part of their ‘Winter Fest’. This is a Christmas Carol Concert on Saturday 12th December at 2.00 pm in the West Dunbartonshire Town Hall.  We will be performing a programme of approx. 20 minutes, as well as performances by the District Choir, the Ladies Choir, the IMS Group and the Dumbarton & District Novice Junior Pipe Band. The concert is free, but if you wish to attend it is a ticketed event.

If you would like any tickets the web site is https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-christmas-carol-concert-tickets-39328926879

Then on Tuesday 12th December we are singing a short concert at the intu-Braehead shopping centre at Braehead, Glasgow starting at 7.30 pm. The concert will last approx 30 minutes. We will take a short break and repeat the concert for new shoppers as they pass by. This will be on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK and all monies collected will go to them.

If you would like to come along then please feel free. We will be located in the middle of the shopping centre on a bridge located between the ground and 1st floor. I’m sure you will hear us!

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Erskine Sporting Senior Games – Update

You may recall that a few weeks back we gave a short concert at the Erskine Sporting Senior Games 2017. We have now received some photos taken at the time. They can be seen on our web site under the Photos menu or via this link. These are the official photos taken at the time, although I do seem to recall a lot of phones pointing at us as we sang.

They also pasted a short video of us singing on their Facebook page and you can see this via this link . The video shows the Choir preforming “The Flower That Shattered The Stone” which is a song written by John Denver.

We have also come across another video on a post by Derek T Barron on Twitter. He is the Director of Care at Erskine Hospital.

He had recorded part of our version of “The Fields of Athenry” . Please click this link to the video. Once on the page you may need to click on the play arrow. I know some people have had difficulty with playing this dependant upon their media player. I hope you can view it on your device.

It was a great afternoon and we were well looked after by the staff of the Erskine Hospital. Many thanks to Janet Leith and all her staff for their hospitality.

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St. Kessog’s Concert

What a great audience!

They seemed to love our first full concert of the season. The acoustics in the church were very good which helped us to perform well, in my opinion, and it was backed up by the enthusiastic applause we were given. Even Aileen appeared pleased.

The 3 solo spots were very ably filled by Pat Leonard from the Bass section, Sam Monaghan from the 2nd Tenors and Paul Kane from the 1st Tenors.

There were 3 new pieces added to the programme for this season. They were:

  1. In Christ Alone, written by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty and arranged by Andrew Goddard.
  2. Gonna Rise Up Singing, written by Don Besig
  3. Tell My Father, Words by Jack Murphy, Music by Frank Wildhorn and Arranged by Andrea Ramsey. It is taken from a Broadway musical called “The Civil War: An American Musical”

When we were first asked to do this concert we did not realise that this was a fund raising event for the St. Kessog’s Orphanage, which the church had set up approx. 11 years ago in Kampala, Uganda. At present there are 32 children/young people in the orphanage, aged between 8 and 25 years. Unfortunately the orphanage receives no funding from the Archdiocese or the government.

We don’t know how much was raised by our concert but we wish them well in their efforts.

Also our thanks must go to the Ladies of the church who put on a lovely, after concert spread, in their church halls. The tea & coffee as well as the rolls, cakes, scones etc. were much appreciated by the choir, who tucked in with gusto! Mind you, they always do!! For me, personally, it is the cup of tea after 90 minutes of singing that hits the spot.

Our next concert.

There is no rest for the Choir as we have another concert next Friday, the 27th October 2017. It will be a joint Concert with the Ladies of the New Castlemilk Parish Church. Details can be found in our Upcoming Concerts Menu above.

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Sporting Senior Games 2017 – Erskine – Part 2

Following on from a well enjoyed short concert I came across a post by Derek T Barron on Twitter. He is the Director of Care at Erskine Hospital.

He had recorded part of our version of “The Fields of Athenry” . Please click this link to the video.

I hope you enjoy it as well as we did performing it.

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A little bit of History

At our last rehearsal I was approached by one of the members of the Baritone section, Nori Toffolo. He had been ‘rummaging’ through some old papers and had come across a photocopy of an article from The Herald Newspaper. Unfortunately it has no date on it but from the contents we think it was from March 2001 when the choir sang at the Scotland International Match against Belgium. In the early 2000’s we sang at several international football matches including Australia, San Marino and Croatia (in addition to a couple of Rugby Internationals at Murrayfield when Scotland Played England and Wales)

The article was from Tom Shields & Ken Smith’s “Diary” and I have transcribed it as below.

Choral Tribute

THE renditions of Flower of Scotland at international sporting events have been much improved since the Clydebank Male Voice Choir became involved. The disciplined tones of the Clydebank fellows kept the Tartan Army in time at Hampden on Saturday, a. welcome change from the usual scene of disparate bunches of stragglers trying to follow the bagpipes.

The Clydebank Male Voice Choir, as its name indicates, does not allow women to be members, not even if they have a male voice. But it does benefit from the leadership of Elizabeth Clark, its conductor, who
rules with a baton of iron and makes your average dictatorial music teacher appear a laidback hippy.

Ms Clark is always on the lookout for new members and declared herself very impressed with the performance of the Tartan Army hordes in the west stands as they repeatedly, some might say interminably, went through. their musical scales with Doh a Deer. _

Oneof the choir members made a more direct approach to a high-profile singer in the crowd at Hampden. Spotting Rod Stewart sitting a few rows behind, he went to speak to the ageing rocker and asked if he
wanted to Join the choir. Rod was non-commital but, who knows, we could see him yet in his blazer and flannels in the ranks of the Clydebank choristers.”

My one comment on this was that the choir was lead by Margaret Clark at the time and not as written!!

 

 

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Sporting Senior Games 2017 – Erskine

We have been invited to sing at the “Sporting Senior Games 2017” at the Park Mains High School, Erskine, PA8 6EY on the 1st October 2017.

It will be a short concert as part of the Games. The Games themselves will start at approx 11.00 am and we will be performing a 30 minute section as part of the “Entertainment” after Lunch. It is expected for us to perform at approx. 2.00 pm.

John Bowman

The link to the Choir is the ‘John Bowman’ memorial trophy which will be presented at the Games. John, pictured above in 1981, was a resident at the Erskine Care Home, and was also a valued member of the Choir for many years before ill health prevented him from continuing with the choir. We have sung many concerts at the Care Home for the residents.

 If you would like to attend I am sure the organisers would make you very welcome. The location of the Games is shown below.
 

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