Choirs unite at Denbigh Town Hall on April 17, 2020 to show that all choristers have a love of singing. Moreover, sharing the stage with another choir is a special experience.
Choir camaraderie is well documented within choral circles. We have previously held joint concerts with Avon and Somerset Constabulary MVC and Staffordshire’s Wetley Rocks MVC.
The display of friendship by fellow choristers is meaningful as we look to welcome and make new friends from Derbyshire Community MVC.
Welcome from Wales as Choirs Unite at Denbigh
Denbigh and District MVC chairman, Paul Harrison writes:
“It gives me personal pleasure to welcome the Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir. Formerly the Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir.
Formed in February 1956, the choir is steeped in history. It has travelled extensively, performing concerts all over the U.K. and abroad.
As I am a native of Mold and a pupil of Mold Alun Grammar, it also gives me particular pleasure to welcome the choir Chairman, Kevin Griffiths, who originates from Treuddyn and attended Ysgol Maes Garmon.
Being a retired Police Officer myself I am sure there will be a lot to talk about.
Under Musical Director, Chris Hare, and accompanists Louise Buxton and Anne Allen, Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir has an extensive and varied repertoire of music.
I have no doubt they will be very entertaining. We are very much looking forward to sharing a stage with them.”
Response from Derbyshire MVC
Kevin Griffiths, Chairman of Derbyshire Community MVC, responds:
“It has become something of a tradition for the Derbyshire Community MVC to enjoy a springtime weekend away together and perform with other choirs.
In recent years we have visited Kendall in the Lake District, Caerphilly, Cornwall and Wroxham on the Norfolk Broads. In so doing we have made many new friends through song.
Forging New Friends in Wales
We now look forward to forging new friendships as a result of our visit to North Wales.
As chairman of the choir, this weekend will be something special. It is for me, something of a homecoming, having lived in Treuddyn for all of my formative years.
A student of Ysgol Uwchradd Maes Garmon, my early singing experiences included involvement in both local and national eisteddfod competitions as part of small mixed groups.
To perform on home soil once again will be a source of great joy. Not only for me but for other choir members who have also lived locally in Ruthin and Ewloe.
We’re also looking forward to meeting up with members of Côr Meibion Dinbych a’r Cylch and we’re confident that, together, we will provide a first class evening of entertainment for the local community.”
Moreover, providing a contrast to the male voice choirs is Lisa Dafydd, the experienced and versatile soprano. Lisa is currently a student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying voice and opera.
Ed. Footnote: Sadly this concert had to be cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
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