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High Arcal music students excel at our VE70 Concert

A huge thanks to the very talented soloists from High Arcal School, who performed at our #VE70 Charity Concert on 9th May. Their performances were as follows:
Liam Evans on Saxophone – Amigos Para Siempre, (Friends for life) by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Cerys Williams on Cornet – Buster Strikes Back, by Alan Morrison
Alex Arenare, Pianist & Accompanist for other soloists – Theme from last rhapsody, by Reynell Wreford
Ethan Jarrott on Saxophone – Theme from Poirot, by Christopher Gunning
Lydia Whitehouse on Clarinet – Memory by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Wombourne concert with High Arcal school

Royal British Legion VE70 Charity Concert

Our concert at St. John’s in the Square, Wolverhampton on Saturday 9th May 2015 was to remember VE day 70 years on (#VE70) & to raise money for our chosen charity, the Royal British Legion. The concert featured several talented soloists from our partner, High Arcal School & Organist John Stratton.
RBL VE70 Remembrance Concert 9May2015

WOMVC performed the following music:
Llanfair (Welsh hymn tune by Robert Williams)
I am a small part of the world (by Sally Albrecht & Jay Althouse)
Some Enchanted Evening (Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific.)
I dreamed a dream (Les Misérables & performed by Susan Boyle on BGT)
Do you hear the people sing? (also Les Misérables)
The Wonder of You (as sung by Elvis & on football terraces)
Keep the home fires burning (’til the Boys Come Home) is a British patriotic First World War song composed in 1914 by Ivor Novello.
Royal British Legion hymn “O Valiant Hearts” (remembering the fallen of the First World War. Words taken from a poem by Sir John Stanhope Arkwright.)
Let there be Peace on Earth (by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson)
The Dam Busters March (God is our Strength & Refuge)
The way you look tonight (from film Swing Time, Fred Astaire)
(There’ll be bluebirds over) The white cliffs of Dover (by Walter Kent, a Second World War song made famous by Vera Lynn in 1942.)
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (as recorded by Frank Sinatra)
John Stratton Organ solo “Nimrod” (from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations)
DSC_0605Finally, we finish with some patriotic songs from the Last Night of the Proms.
Rule, Britannia! (music by Thomas Arne)
Land of Hope & Glory (music by Edward Elgar)
Jerusalem (music Sir Hubert Parry, words from the poem by William Blake)

Programme for St. George’s Day Celebration Concert

On Saturday 18th April we performed at St. Martin of Tours Church in Wolverhampton. Our programme included the following music.

Another Openin’, Another Show (from Cole Porter’s musical Kiss Me, Kate.)
Do you hear the people sing? (from Les Misérables)
Highland Cathedral (A popular tune for Scottish bagpipes)
(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow (as sung by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz)
How Great Thou Art (popular Christian hymn)
The Wonder of You (as sung by Elvis & on football terraces)
Unchained Melody (as sung by Jimmy Young & The Righteous Brothers)
Softly as I leave you (as sung by Matt Munroe & Frank Sinatra)
The Dam Busters March (God is our strength & refuge)
Let there be Peace on Earth (by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson)

Finally, we finished with some patriotic songs from the Last Night of the Proms.
Rule, Britannia!
Land of Hope & Glory (music by Edward Elgar)
Jerusalem (music Sir Hubert Parry, words from the poem by William Blake)

Graham accompanying Peter on Trumpet

St. George’s Day Celebration Concert with Black Country Brass

Black Country Brass BandWe invite you to a concert of traditional & patriotic music to celebrate St. George’s Day (actually April 23rd.) WOMVC will be performing along with Black Country Brass on Saturday 18th April starting at 7.30pm & should end c. 9.45pm. There will be an interval & a prize raffle. Event as posted on Express & Star website.St Martins St Georges Day Concert 18Apr2015 poster

Grand Gala Concert Wombourne featuring High Arcal School Advanced Jazz Band

On the evening of Saturday 25th October 2014, we held our Grand Gala Concert at Wombourne Civic Centre. Our special guests were High Arcal School Advanced Jazz Band led by James Roberts. The band was started about 10 years ago. In this time they have enjoyed a lot of success in regional and national competitions & events.
They have won numerous Gold & Platinum awards at the National Concert Band Festival and have been invited to perform in Music for Youth’s National Festival at Adrian Boult Hall at Birmingham Conservatoire.
The band also perform in various concerts in school and may be booked to play at events in the wider community. E.g. they have performed at Brierley Hill Civic Hall.
Wombourne Gala Concert 25Oct2014

Bobbington Concert with guest soloists

Village of Bobbington website
Bobbington Concert 10Oct2014

Lest We Forget: Concert at St. Mary’s Church, Bushbury, Wolverhampton

On Saturday 20th September we performed at St. Mary’s Parish Church in Bushbury, Wolverhampton. The concert commemorated the ‘brave boys’ of the Old Bushbury Parish who served in World Wars 1 & 2. We were ably supported by five instrumentalists from High Arcal School in Sedgley.

Bushbury Concert 20Sep2014

Nostalgic Musical Evening with Bridgtown Concert Band at Goodyear Pavilion

We held a ‘Nostalgic Musical Evening’ at The Goodyear Pavilion in Wolverhampton on Friday 11th July 2014 commencing at 7.30 p.m. This event started the choir’s contribution in both celebrating and in memory of the 1st and 2nd World Wars – given in song, using music from both eras – to bring back both good and sad memories of those times.

Poppy field NormandyOur Musical Director, Mr Graham Hancox compiled appropriate pieces for the evening’s entertainment. The programme included ‘Lest we Forget’, ‘What a Wonderful World’, ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square’, ‘The way you look tonight’, ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’, a Perry Como medley, ‘The Rose’, ‘Let there be peace on Earth’, a medley of First World War songs, an Al Jolson medley and The Dambusters March.

VIP guests included the current Mayor and Mayoress of Wolverhampton and our Honorary Patron Lady Bilston; Pat Turner, who sadly lost her husband, Lord Bilston (who was joint Honorary Patron) earlier this year.

Bridgtown Concert BandWe had the pleasure of featuring The Bridgtown Concert Show Band, who entertained us with their own material, as well as accompanying the choir for a few pieces. We encouraged those attending to ‘dress up’ in the 40’s style and bring Union Jack flags to wave in a good old sing-song.

Goodyear Concert Fri 11 July 2014

Rest in Peace Lord Bilston (1942-2014)

Lord Bilston in The Queen’s Robing Room at his induction to the House of Lords in 2005

We received the sad news that Lord Bilston, Dennis Turner, passed away on the evening of Tuesday 25th February 2014. The 71-year-old served as Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East from 1987 to 2005 before being made a peer.

Lord and Lady Bilston have been Patrons of our choir since 2011. Fittingly Dennis was born around the time our choir was founded. (1943) He attended many of our concerts and was often seen singing along ‘unofficially’ with the choir. Lord and Lady Bilston also attended other events and functions and Dennis has also presented long service certificates to a number of choir members. We will miss him, but we hope that Lady Bilston will grace us with the honour of remaining our Patron. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Pat, his brother Bert and the rest of the family from the choir and our Lady Supporters.

Dennis Turner funeral order of service 6

At our St. David’s day concert on 1st March we paid tribute to Lord Bilston and stood for a minute’s silence in honour and thanks for his Patronage to the choir.

To pay our respects, the choir sang during Dennis’s funeral service at St. Leonard’s Church in Bilston on Wednesday 12th March. We sang Gwahoddiad and helped to lead the hymns.

Dennis Turner funeral order of service 3

Weblinks to other media coverage:
Dennis Turner – A life in pictures (Express & Star)
Hundreds turn out for Lord Bilston’s funeral (Express & Star)
Lord Bilston tributes (Express & Star)
Lord Bilston Obituary (The Guardian)
Tributes for Lord Bilston (Birmingham Mail)

Paul Smith presenting the Bilston Carol to Dennis Turner in 2008

Lyrics of “The Bilston Carol.”

Awake, ye slumbering sons of men,
In lowly cot and stately hall,
Here neath your window now I wish,
A Happy Christmas to you all.

The mistletoe hangs overhead,
The holly shines upon the wall,
Come hear the burden of my song,
A Happy Christmas to you all.

Awake, the snow is falling fast,
The earth is whitened with its fall,
Come, fill your bowls and let us drink,
A Happy Christmas to you all.

Bilston-On-Sea

Bilston-On-Sea

St. David’s Day Concert

This concert will include specially invited young guest musicians & a raffle.

St Davids Day Concert 2014 poster