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BMVC’s patron makes a surprise visit to rehearsals

Date: 11 October 2023 | By: Nick M

Our final rehearsal of the dying summer months brought a very pleasant surprise for BMVC as the illustrious long-term patron and retired former member of the choir, Mr Haydn Burgess, braved the sudden squally weather and turned up to listen in along with his son, Alan.

Haydn was a foundation of the choir in both the musical sense (as a bass) and real sense having served under musical directors Les Tusler and Doug Baxter and then as a patron for many years.

Alan Burgess (who has enjoyed a distinguished musical career himself and currently leads the impressive Frome Voices) kindly agreed to accompany us singing “Gwahoddiad” and “We’ll Keep a Welcome”. The boys in blue didn’t flinch under pressure and delivered moving versions of both songs.

John Shewring, one of our triumvirate of choir historians was able to bring some photos of concerts taken while Haydn was actively singing which were viewed with interest by our guests as senior members of the choir enjoyed reminiscing with Haydn for a few minutes before we were called to order and back to the business in hand. And on with the note bashing, timing and phrasing.

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