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Croydon’s very own Male Voice Choir braved its way through a blizzard at Earls Court to perform at the Ideal Home Christmas Show on November 19.The famous venue had been transformed into a winter wonderland with a snow-covered entrance together with reindeer, Father Christmas and snow mysteriously falling from the sky above.
The Boyan Ensemble from Kiev, one of the top male choirs in Eastern Europe, delighted a Croydon audience on the opening night of its UK tour on September 29.The concert, at St John’s church Shirley, was backed by Croydon Male Voice Choir.
The Boyan Ensemble at Shirley (Photo JWT)
The numerous CMVC members in the audience thrilled at the Ukraine choir’s complex harmonies, in particular its profound and sonorous bass lines.The visitors – 23 men and a soprano – sang a selection of chants and other religious pieces in the first half, followed by a delightful range of folk songs and operatic pieces in the second.
The Croydon choir has started the new season with a rehearsal at CMVC headquarters at Sandilands on Tuesday September 2. Following the customary six-week break, it is preparing for its next concert at St Mark’s, Woodcote, on Saturday September 20.
New pianist Guy Shepherd with musical director Richard Hoyle: an exciting start
Appearing at rehearsal for the first time was the choir’s new pianist, Guy Shepherd, who has replaced former accompanist Lana Bode.Guy played with aplomb, having learned by heart most of the sixteen pieces in the Woodcote repertoire, including the challenging solo in the Finlandia Hymn.
The Croydon choir enjoyed a magnificent evening singing in a mass-choir concert at Winchester Cathedral on Saturday (November 15). The concert, featuring five male voice choirs, was in aid of the Prostate Cancer UK charity and the key-note speaker was former England cricket captain David Gower OBE.
David Gower with our CD Those Magnificent Men
In his speech, David referred to the notorious occasion when he buzzed an England match in Australia in a Tiger Moth in 1991 and was fined £1000 by the England management.Croydon MVC presented David with a copy of our CD Those Magnificent Men and he joked about this in his final speech. David also praised “the magnificent singing of these magnificent men in this magnificent venue”.
The choir opened its new season with a successful and enjoyable concert at St Mark's church in Woodcote, Purley, which brought the debut of a new piece, American Trilogy, and of the choir's new pianist, Guy Shepherd.
CMVC has appointed a new pianist to succeed Lana Bode.Guy Shepherd, 24, will join the choir when it starts the new season in September.Guy says “the prospect of working with the choir is exciting in terms of making great music, making new friends and just having fun.”
Guy Shepherd, looking forward to the challenge
Guy, originally from Cornwall, has just returned to Britain after two years living and working abroad.He already has impressive experience to his name.He has been playing piano since he was six and graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with an Honours degree in Piano Performance.