2017 is the 115th birthday of Barry Male Voice Choir!
The choir received a number of requests to sing – at local public events and private functions – throughout 2017.
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 be able to support this event by singing as part of the evening’s program which raised over £1300 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.
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!
To mark the start of the 2017 6 Nations competition the choir sang a popular Welsh song – O Gymru – and posted the recording, made at our rehearsal, on Facebook as a tribute to the Welsh squad – much to the concern of our Scottish Musical Director Dot – this can be viewed on the BMVC Facebook site or by clicking here.
One of the keynote events for BMVC in 2017 will be a visit to one of the Vale of Glamorgan twin town – Mouscron in Belgium.
BMVC will be singing at Mouscron on the evening of the 21st July, which is Belgian National day – as part of a day-long musical festival that will be held at Mouscron.
On the following day (Saturday 22nd July) the choir will be singing at 2 events at 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 – that will take place at the Welsh WW1 memorial at Langemark in Belgium – just to the north of the town of Ypres.
On 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.
BMVC is proud to announce a joint concert with the Liederlichen Feelharmoniker choir from Rheinfelden in Germany, on Saturday 29th April .
Rheinfelden is one of the Vale twin towns and they played host to BMVC in 2015 when we visited them for a very successful weekend. Liederlichen Feelharmoniker are a small choir but they have a great repertoire which includes some really fun songs – well worth watching.
We haven’t decided on a venue yet but it will be in Barry somewhere – start time will be 7:00PM so mark the date in your diary now and keep watching the web site and Facebook for news of the venue.
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 the diary.
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.
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).
Our annual concert will be held around the end of June and other announcements will be made on this web site, via Facebook and in local newspapers
Please note that a Google calendar showing all forthcoming choir events can be found in the Forthcoming Events page or by clicking here
Further information about choir activities can also be found on Facebook and Twitter or please contact the choir secretary via this web site for more information.
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.