2017 is the 115th birthday of Barry Male Voice Choir!
So that means BMVC was formed in…erm…1902! Like a fine wine….
Click here to see the BMVC Diary of rehearsals and performances.
Visit from Rheinfelden, German choir – Liederlichen Feelharmoniker
BMVC are delighted to announce a joint concert with the
Liederlichen Feelharmoniker Choir
from Rheinfelden in Germany
Saturday 29th April, 7 pm
Masonic Hall, Broad Street, Barry
Rheinfelden is one of the Vale of Glamorgan’s twin towns and the choir kindly played host to BMVC in 2015 when we visited them for a very successful weekend. Liederlichen Feelharmoniker are a small choir but pack a great sound. They have a very entertaining repertoire guaranteed to delight – one not to miss!
BMVC Annual Concert for 2017
BMVC’s flagship public event – the choir Annual Concert – will be held in St. Helen’s church, Wyndham St. at 7:00PM on Friday 30th June.
Always a very well supported event we are hoping that this year’s will be the best for a while given that we have been able to increase chorister numbers again.
So, another date for your diary!
BMVC 2017 Tour – Mouscron!
In July, BMVC will be travelling to Mouscron, Belgium, which is one of the Vale of Glamorgan’s Twin Towns.
The 21st July is Belgian National Day. We will be contributing to their music festival with an evening performance.
On Saturday 22nd the choir will be singing at 2 events in Ypres. The first will be a personal event for the choir where we intend to lay a wreath and sing to remember the 4 members of the choir who lost their lives during WW1. This will take place at the Welsh WW1 memorial at Langemark , Belgium – just to the north of the town of Ypres.
During the evening of the 22nd, BMVC will be singing as part of the daily remembrance service held at the Menin Gate in Ypres. This service has been held on a daily basis without a break, other than during the German occupation of WW2, since 1928. BMVC will be singing 2 songs at this event.
At this time it looks like there will be around 46 choristers travelling to Belgium.
Joint concert with Tenovus Choir
BMVC sang at concert on Thursday 2nd March 2017, hosted by the Barry Tenovus choir.
This was a fund raising concert for the Tenovus movement and BMVC was proud to support this event by singing as part of the evening’s program that raised over £1,300 for this worthy cause.
The Barry TENOVUS Choir Facebook site can be accessed here.
If you wish to learn more about TENOVUS Choirs generally then please click here.
Yes, you can… Fund Raise for BMVC!
Would you like to raise money for a worthy cause – such as BMVC – whilst shopping online? If so please click here to see how easy it is using the Easy Fund Raising web site!
‘O Gymru’ for the Rugby Boys
To mark the start of the 2017 6-Nations Rugby competition, and to try and put some fire under the feat of the Welsh Squad, the choir sang and recorded ‘O Gymru’ during one of our rehearsals. The clip was posted to our Facebook site – perhaps much to the concern of Dot, our Scottish Musical Director!? 😉
O Gymru (Oh Wales) is a gorgeous patriotic song that could quite easily be another national anthem:
O Gymru, O Gymru – Oh Wales, Oh Wales
Rhof i ti fy mywyd, – I give you my life
O Walia, O Walia, – Oh Wales, Oh Wales
Ti ydy fy ngwynfyd – You are my bliss
O Walia, fy heulwen wyt ti – Oh Wales, You are my sunshine
… Doesn’t hold anything back!
Recruitment Campaign Success!
Our recent recruitment campaign was again successful and we have now formally admitted another 8 new choristers, who have joined us as a direct result of the recruitment night.
The recruitment campaign was made possible with the generous grant from the National Lottery Big Lottery Fund.
Got an hour to spare? Come and join us!
If you have ever thought about joining a male voice choir, or just wondered what we get up to at rehearsals, please feel free to pop along and join us. There is no pressure to join us, and you’ll even get a cup of tea and a biscuit if you are there at our tea break (usually around 8:30).
In 2016 BMVC was approached to provide the backing track to an advertisement being created to promote a local brewery – Glamorgan Brewing Co. – who are based in Llantrisant. The advertisement is targeted specifically at web and social media channels so is not expected to be seen on mainstreamTV – the choir sang a song called ‘O Gymru’ which is a Welsh language song which speaks of the love for Wales that one Welshman has….To see the advertisement – which is called ‘Lifeblood’ – please click here to go to site of Gray Hughes – the agency responsible for creating and producing it .
Please click HERE to a link from a recent article in the Daily Telegraph, that provides more proof, if it was needed, that being an active member of a male voice choir is good for your health and general well-being.
Please click HERE to link to another medical study from Tenovus (published on the Science Daily web site in April 2016) that shows that singing for just one hour causes positive physiological changes in people affected by cancer.
There are now also some indications that membership of male voice choirs is increasing after years of decline – something BMVC is seeing signs of –
Come on you men of the Vale of Glamorgan- become a [more healthy?] trend-setter
– join our choir!!!!
You can keep up to date with the activities of the choir on Facebook – either click on the links from this web site or search for ‘Barry Male Voice Choir’ from within Facebook.