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Northampton Male Voice Choir deliver hugely successful concert at the Guildhall in Support of the Samaritans

You’ll never walk alone – a charity fund raiser promise from the Northampton Male Voice Choir raising money for the local Samaritans group. The NMVC delivered a performance with contrasts of both tenderness and power in a programme that explored a variety of popular songs with love at their heart. Thanks to the generosity of the Northampton Borough Council, the stunning Great Hall in Northampton’s Guildhall was the elegant backdrop for a wonderful evening’s entertainment which also included a number of beautiful operatic love arias and popular show classics from the Choir’s guest performer Callie Jo Denbigh. Callie is Northampton’s very own local jewel, a professional mezzo-soprano who also coaches the Male Voice Choir to help them achieve their objective of becoming one of the best male voice choirs in the country. Musical director Stephen Bell took the choir through it’s paces with three new songs performed for the first time by the choir in a concert. The focus in 2016 is to quickly expand the repertoire of songs sung from memory and to attain another significant step up in the quality of performance. The new material was well received judging by the enthusiastic applause from the audience. A delightful evening of song was brought to a close with a combined performance of You’ll never walk alone featuring the choir and the soaring angelic voice of Callie Jo Denbigh and a trio of much loved songs from Les Miserables by the choir all accompanied by NMVC’s remarkably talented pianist Sue Rayment.. The evening was closed by Dave Atkins on behalf of the local Samaritans who thanked the choir and its supporters for their sterling efforts in putting on the concert to support the magnificent work of the Samaritans volunteers who help so many to know that they never have to walk alone. The concert raised over...

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The Voices and Brass Concert at the Deco Theatre Northampton – An open letter from our Musical Director.

We properly honoured our recently, and suddenly departed special friend of the choir, Maggie Cross at the Northampton Deco last night with NMVC, Virtuosi GUS and Faryl Smith. I was over the moon with the quality of the whole concert and feel immensely proud to have been a part of it. I know Phil Goalby appreciated the dedication of the concert and The Rose with Faryl was very beautiful.  The choir gave their all – and did a cracking job, singing their hearts out – I’m proud of each and every one of the boys. What a journey we are on together! Lots more to come here with a whole host of new music coming for next year. Lots of new challenges ahead but I know the choir is up for all of them.  Virtuosi GUS were simply a delight to direct with some really special musical moments created together. I’ll remember the Benedictus and soloist David Daws playing for the rest of my days. So deeply moving. Young Thomas Fountain stole the show with a virtuosic display and taking a bow on behalf of himself and James Fountain (touching moment that). A high moment for sure. I’d definitely love to do more music making some time with this talented Brass Band one day.  Faryl is an even better singer than she was 2 years ago at our previous concert. Fantastic to hear her developing musically. Such lovely sweet tones. The voice of an Angel. I’m keen to do more with her when we can.  A Deeply satisfied Musical Director : from...

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Standing room only in Roade

  NMVC filled the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Roade in so many ways on Saturday evening. The stalls were packed to hear the choir perform a varied selection of songs at a concert organised by the church Bell Team to raise money for the Bell Rope Guide Appeal. The evening was a great success with a standing ovation for the choir and award winning Colombian pianist Kevin Satizabal, who performed a number of delightful solo pieces to contrast the choir in a varied programme of music. The event raised over £1,150 for the appeal which will go a long way to help achieve the appeal target of £3,500. NMVC are now looking ahead to their tour to Exeter next week when they will be performing at the Cathedrals in both Bristol and Exeter, and then at Holy Trinity Church Exmouth, with Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir, to raise funds for local Rotary Charities and then at Powderham Church, Exeter with a group of ladies ‘Yours in Harmony’ in aid of the NSPCC. Dates and venues are all available on the NMVC Website...

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NMVC host a Bands in the Park marathon spectacular

It was a beautiful sunny day in Northampton’s Abington Park. A large crowd gathered to hear the Northampton Male Voice Choir give a marathon performance over 3 hours this afternoon at the park’s Bandstand as part of the Northampton Bands in the Park series. Performing almost their full repertoire to an appreciative audience, who came along all decked out in full picnic regalia. There were many audience favourites in the programme and even time for an audience requested rendition of “Happy Birthday” before the choir brought a wonderful afternoon of singing to a close with the traditional Northampton Saints RFC anthem “Oh When the Saints!” The choir now go on to get ready for a number of concerts, the main event in the Autumn calendar being the Voices & Brass concert at the Deco Theatre in Northampton on 21st November. This will be the a “to good to miss” opportunity to experience Northampton’s unique Deco Theatre hosting a music event featuring the Choir, The Virtuosi GUS Band and Northampton’s own singing sensation Faryl Smith. You can find details in our concert listing  Tickets are available from the Art Deco Box Office with proceeds going to support the Cynthia Spencer...

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NMVC Win NPA Festival in the Adult Choirs Section.

From strong opposition from The Seagrave Singers who were excellent. This is the second year the Choir has performed at NPA Festival and have come away with the trophy. The process of entering the Festivals is to monitor our progress on the stated ambition to be admired and respected as one of the finest Male Voice Choirs in the Country. The feedback from the adjudicators at Festivals gives the Choir the ability to further develop and achieve its ambition. We now look forward to Cheltenham Festival which is one of the Largest in the...

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