June 5th – 7th
The choir is all geared up and looking forward to our tour which will feature three separate performances: a joint concert with Coventry MVC, a joint concert with Kidderminster MVC and short recitals in Warwick Castle.
Details are as follows:
Friday 5th June – Joint concert with City of Coventry Male Voice Choir – venue West Orchard URC, Baginton Road CV3 6FP 7.30 pm
Saturday 6th June – Joint concert with Kidderminster Male Voice Choir in Kidderminster. St. Mary’s Church, Churchfields, Kidderminster DY10 2JN 7.30 pm
Sunday 7th June – 2 shorter performances in the Great Hall at Warwick Castle 1 shortly after 12.00 and another later in the afternoon.
For the first time in many, many years, a Steeton MVC concert was recorded and broadcast on local radio.
The whole choir enjoyed performing at Hetton URC church – one of the smallest venues we’ve sung at for some time – but the warmth and enthusiasm of the full audience more than made up for that.
Local community radio station Drystone Radio, based in Sutton-in-Craven, brought their microphones to record the event for their Live Music Hour show which is broadcast every Wednesday evening, and if you hurry you can download a podcast of the concert by CLICKING THIS LINK and downloading the item dated 13th May.
Quite fortuitously, our programme for the evening included the song Dry Stone Walls! This piece was written especially for the choir by Pat Fenton, wife of one of our Basses, and it celebrates the enduring qualities of Dry Stone Walls, Yorkshiremen and Steeton Male Voice Choir in particular. It will feature prominently in our programme when we are on tour in the Midlands in a week’s time!
Our concert at Baildon Methodist Church happened take place on 25th April, which is of course ANZAC day. This ANZAC day was particularly special as it marked the 100th anniversary of the landings that began the doomed Gallipoli campaign in 1915, which caused death and injury to hundreds of thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers (and indeed even more Turks).
To mark this event, Stuart Ebden from the 2nd Tenor section, accompanied by Steve Fenton, sang Eric Bogle’s The Band Played Waltzing Matilda during the first solo spot of the concert. Stuart’s performance clearly moved all those present and in response to many requests, Stuart and Steve have made a recording of the song which is now available on YouTube.