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.
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)
Finally, 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)
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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.
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We were invited by the BBC to perform on Saturday 12th July at their World War 1 at Home live event, which coincided with The Wolverhampton & Black Country Show on the weekend of 12th & 13th July 2014. The venue was West Park in Wolverhampton. The newly renamed show supersedes the popular City Show. We were scheduled to perform at approx. 3.30pm for 20 mins, then at 5.30pm for 30 mins. The BBC WW1 at Home event will be broadcasting live on BBC Radio WM 95.6.
The choir feel very privileged to have been asked to take part in this very special event in Wolverhampton. Selected war time pieces from our concert the previous evening at The Goodyear Pavilion will be sung at West Park.
Just wanted to say a huge thank-you for making the WW1 at Home event such a success in Wolverhampton. Around 11,000 people turned up over the two days and the feedback was really positive. I hope you all enjoyed it.
Thanks again! – Louise Brierley, BBC
Express & Star news: Hopes high for big turnout at new Wolverhampton and Black Country Show
Black Country Bugle: BBC WW1 event links up with Wolverhampton Show
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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.
Our 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.
We 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.
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We performed at Sainsbury’s Wednesfield Superstore (Bentley Bridge) in Wolverhampton on Wednesday 23rd April from 5pm to 7pm.
To celebrate St. George’s Day we created a display of flags, including St. George’s Cross, to show how the Union Flag has evolved.
We sang around the themes of England and this year’s Centenary of the 1st World War. We spoke to shoppers to promote the choir, recruit gentlemen singers and supporters. A number of customers said that they were very pleased to see Sainsbury’s celebrating St George’s Day in this way.
On the day £164 was gratefully donated by shoppers. Since we’ve got a community compact with the Royal British Legion, part of this sum will be donated to them.
On behalf of the choir, a big thank you to Store Manager Paul Mitchell, Public Relations Representative Lynn Ryan, the Deputy Store Manager and other store staff for agreeing to host us and supporting this event.
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