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.”
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.
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.
APRIL 23: The choir has a newaccompanist. 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.
FEBRUARY 10: The Croydon choir premiered its First World War medley at its concert at St John’s Shirley on Saturday February 7.
Novello's 1914 song - poignant end
The medley, arranged by musical director Richard Hoyle, contains seven songs that were written or became popular during the First World War.The last piece in the medley is Keep the Home Fires Burning, written by Ivor Novello in 1914.