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CMVC hosts Ukraine choir

CMVC is to host a performance by the sensational Boyan Ensemble choir at the end of September.

The Boyan choir comes from Kiev in Ukraine and is renowned for its spine-tingling choral techniques. Its repertoire ranges from traditional folk song to sacred music and includes the renowned chants of the Kiev Monastery of the Caves. It has broadcast on Classic FM and Radio 3.


Boyan Ensemble - spine-chilling techniques

The choir has been visiting Britain since 1992. It opens its 2014 tour at St John the Evangelist Church, Shirley on Monday September 29 (7.30pm.) The Croydon choir will be there in force and will be sharing an informal apres with the Boyan group after the concert.

Tickets cost £18 for adults, £9 for children.  You can book in advance by sending a cheque plus SAE to Dick Jones, 111 Chaldon Way, Coulsdon CR5 1DN. For more information: 01737 554 556 or dickjones!@btopenworld.com

You can learn more on the Boyan Ensemble website. Cut and paste this link: www.vocalclassics.co.uk/boyan

Norwich tour triumph

The Croydon choir has returned from a triumphant tour to Cambridge and Norwich.

The choir sang in four venues in two days: the two Norwich cathedrals and two strikingly beautiful churches.  It had appreciative audiences, above all at the spectacular church at Salle in Norfolk.

CMVC at Norwich Cathedral (photo JWT)


Lana plays the Barbican

Choir pianist Lana Bode played in the Barbican concert hall on Sunday February 23. She was accompanist to four fellow graduate students at Guildhall School of Music who were performing songs by German composer Hugo Wolf.

Lana said afterwards:  "It was a privilege to play in the Barbican Hall. I could sense the history and the importance of the venue the moment I stepped on stage."


Lana (left) with mezzo Chloe Treharne and soprano Jennie Witton






Season's end

The Croydon choir brought the 2013-14 season to a resounding end with a highly successful Patrons’ Concert at Whitgift School on Saturday July 12.

The choir premiered the evocative Softly as I Leave You and sang five pieces from its latest CD, a Christmas carol recording which has just been completed and is now on sale.

Presentation to pianist Lana Bode, leaving CMVC after four years (photo JWT)


Lana and Andy to wed!

There is dramatic news of our accompanist and the section leader of the choir baritones!

They have got engaged!

Lana and Andy in Paris

Yes, Lana Bode and Andy Woolhouse are to marry. Two weeks ago they went on holiday to Paris and Andy proposed to Lana in the gardens at Versailles. "It was in a lovely romantic section called the Temple of Love, away from the tourist crowds," says Lana. 

Lana was apparently expecting the question and accepted without hesitation.


Choir in form at West Wickham


The choir marked its return to the concert stage with an accomplished performance at West Wickham on Saturday February 2. The choir sang 16 pieces and an encore from its established repertoire and was well received by an appreciative audience.


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