Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Tenby Male Choir – Happy 40th Birthday

As a long and demanding concert season in our anniversary year draws to a close, it was time for the choir members to let their hair down. Although this may not involve a large quantity of hair for some members they can still let down what there is in good style. Last Saturday was the actual anniversary of our inception that being 19th September, 1975. So those who could attend came along to a very sumptuous buffet and to a slice of birthday cake.

What a lovely birthday cake it was too. It was made by Gill the wife of choir founder member Tom Pearce. Gill teaches Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft at Pembrokeshire College and as the photo shows, husband Tom regularly advises by tasting much of the produce.

Entertainment was provided by John Butland with a repertoire of well known hit songs from the past, those days when pop music really was music. Top of his bill was generally agreed to be Handbags and Gladrags. Our younger members may recognise this as a Stereophonics hit whilst my personal favourite amongst the other people who sang it was Rod Stewart who recorded it in 1969 with Mike D’Abo (Manfred Mann) who originally wrote it, arranging it and accompanying Rod Stewart on piano.

Also shown are choir top tenor Eddie Stapleton and wife Barbara. Against odds of 365-1 by coincidence Eddie’s birthday falls on the same date as the choir’s birthday but he’s been going twice and long as the choir as he was celebrating his 82nd birthday on that evening. I hope that isn’t water in his glass.

Coming events
Next week we have a concert in aid of the charity fund for the Lions Clubs International. “The Lions” donate to their local communities and also to major national and international charities and appeals. The concert will be at St. Mary’s church on Thursday 1st October at 8pm. Tickets available on the door.
The big event coming up for us though is a tour of Malta from 24th to 31st October where we shall be carrying the banner of Tenby once again to foreign fields. We have three planned concerts at the Stella Maris Parish Church in Sliema, St Georges Bassilica, Gozo and St.Paul’s Protestant Cathedral

Choir Guestbook
It’s always an enjoyable evening when we sing at a concert but it does make it extra special when we get good audience reaction and we are fortunate to have had many standing ovations and demands for an encore this year. Following the concert we also often have people come up to us and say how much they have enjoyed themselves, which is a very personal compliment. We also often get lovely and kind letters of appreciation which are read out at rehearsals but sadly they are read out and filed. So I am pleased to be able to announce that the choir website now has a new feature, a guest book, where you can record your comments for posterity. To access this just go to the choir website atwww.tenbymalechoir.org and click on the guestbook icon on the right hand side. There are a number of entries there already in just the first week.

Choir membership
We are always looking for new members. It’s fun to sing so if you enjoy doing it, in the bath at a rugby match, karaoke evening or in the car why not think about joining?  The best way is to talk to a member of the choir or come to a rehearsal just to watch.  (our next one should be on 29th September). We meet at the County Club in Tenby

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