50th Anniversary Tour to North Yorkshire & Cheshire – October 2018

Builth Male Voice Choir is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year and members have just returned from a very successful tour to North Yorkshire and Cheshire as part of a busy programme of activities in the anniversary year. Thirty nine choristers and nearly forty supporters travelled to Harrogate for three nights stay at the Cairn Hotel where they were made most welcome and wined and dined in high quality Yorkshire style.

On their first day in North Yorkshire the group travelled to Pickering on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and sang an impromptu concert on Pickering Railway Station before departing by steam train to the seaside town and fishing port of Whitby. The steam train was a very nostalgic journey for many on the trip reminding them of their childhood trips to the seaside. On their arrival in Whitby the Choir performed their second impromptu concert on the harbour front before touring the historic seaside town.

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Impromptu concert on Pickering Railway Station

On their second day the group explored the spa town of Harrogate before a joint evening concert with Harrogate Male Voice Choir. The Harrogate Choir is also celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year and like Builth has just over fifty members. The choirs sang a wide variety of pieces from their extensive repertoires and joined together at the end of the concert to sing Morte Christe, Unchained Melody and American Trilogy under the baton of musical directors Luned Jones and Adrian Morgan from Builth and Patrick Lee from Harrogate with Ann Bufton accompanying on the piano. Proceeds from the concert were presented to the Royal British Legion North Yorkshire Branch.

Luned conducting joint Builth & Harrogate Male Voice Choirs

The following day the group travelled to Chester for an evening concert hosted by Chester Ladies Choir. The Ladies Choir sang an eclectic mix of songs under the direction of their musical director David Bebbington which was greatly appreciated by the capacity audience. Builth Choir performed two sets of songs including two new items – The Prayer and Cytgan Y Morwyr – and finished the concert singing Morte Christe with the Chester Ladies Choir. Derek Hope, Chairman of Builth Choir, thanked the Ladies Choir for their hospitality and presented a Builth Choir Shield to commemorate the visit. A raffle organised by the Ladies Choir raised funds in support of Hope House Children’s Hospices which provide care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.

Adrian conducting combined Builth Male Voice & Chester Ladies Choirs

Special appreciation from all the choir members went to the dedicated music team leaders Luned Jones, Adrian Morgan and Ann Bufton and also the eventsmanager John Carruthers for the seamless organisation. Derek Hope, Chairman of Builth Male Voice Choir, said the trip had been a great success and it was good to see a large number of supporters joining the choir to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary year.  He said the Choir has a proud reputation for supporting local charity groups and has raised many thousands of pounds in the past fifty years and invited new singers to join the choir and continue this support. Information about the Choir can be found on its website www.builthmalechoir.org.uk.