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Lana and Andy tie the knot

AUGUST 10:  Lana Bode and Andy Woolhouse got married on Sunday.  Our correspondent (R.D. Hoyle) reports:

Rather like the late Cilla Black and much of the nation wanting a wedding to ensue from a couple meeting on Blind Date, the choir had its first 'Blind Date moment' when ex-baritone section leader Andy Woolhouse married ex-choir pianist Lana Bode in an affecting outdoor ceremony at Oaks Farm in Croydon on Sunday August 9.

The happy couple

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Wales tour triumph

JUNE 6: The Croydon MVC scored a resounding success with its North Wales tour last weekend.

Richard Hoyle preps the choir at Chester, watched closely by Welsh tv

On Friday May 29 the choir sang at Chester Cathedral and members considered this a performance to rank with the Bath Abbey sing of 2011.  “There was a good audience, the acoustics were fabulous, and we were on top form,” one said. The Chester performance also featured the first appearance of new choir pianist Frances Ringer.

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Welcome Fran!

APRIL 23: The choir has a new accompanist.  Frances Ringer, who joins the choir next week, grew up in Woodbridge Suffolk and studied music at Bath Spa University, where she was heavily involved in the musical theatre and opera departments.

Frances: joins choir next week

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Forty years...and counting!

JULY 20: A near-capacity audience in Croydon Minster on Saturday enjoyed a scintillating performance from the Croydon Male Voice Choir as it celebrated its fortieth anniversary.

Our fortieth anniversary concert souvenir programme

Choir musical director Richard Hoyle said he was proud that the choir had risen so superbly to the occasion.  The choir opened with Edvard Grieg’s resounding Brothers, Sing On – the first time it had performed the piece – and more than achieved the full fortissimo required for the opening words.

“I couldn’t believe the power the choir was giving,” Richard said.  “It was quite thrilling.”


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Caernarfon tour: choir in media storm

MAY 27: The Welsh media are falling over themselves to cover our impending tour to Caernarfon.  Welsh-speaking tenor Ernest Williams has already been interviewed by Welsh radio, and S4C – the Channel 4 Welsh-language service – plans to cover the choir’s lunch-time appearance at Chester Cathedral on 29 May when it sings there en route to Caernarfon.

Ernest Williams: "Why did you leave Wales?"

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Celeb thesp loves choir

MARCH 17: The eminent actor Julian Glover was “seriously impressed” by the Croydon choir’s performance at Alleyn’s School on Saturday March 7.

Glover: "seriously impressed"

Julian, who is currently appearing in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones, offered his praise during the interval to choir baritone Roger Parkinson, who organised the concert.

 

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