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Concert in Baltonsborough Village Hall
on Saturday 26th January 2008

Jennifer Martin conducts The Brue Boys
Above ~ Images fromPhil White taken
immediately before the concert

Above :
Gail Cornish
who sang an Eriskah love lilt & The song of the oyster accompanied by Carolyn Young on the harp

Left : Pianist Carolyn Young
during morning rehearsal

Right : The Brue Boys
in full flow


Below : Taking a bow
Above :
Beverley Sessions, Nell Richie
and Jane Jarratt
provided supper

Above : Tenor Chris Hunt
in rehearsal with saxophonist Phil Jackson

Left : Sue Peto recalling going to
a marvellous party!

Barman Derek Sessions
O'Grundy accompanied by
a smuggled Guinness
The Jolly Roger
in full swing
in Baltonsborough Village Hall
on Monday 9th June 2008

to a sell-out audience as part of the Baltonsborough Festival

The Brue Boys Shine Again
Review of the concert from Ron Smith

So far (Tuesday morning June 10th) the Baltonsborough Festival has got off to a brilliant start, including the best spell of summer weather so far and a marathon session from Somerset Sound.Last night however we were treated to a genuine village concert from the Brue Boys and one or two of their friends and supporters. Not forgetting the audience, as all Baltonsborough seemed to be there and, what’s more, having a good time.
The Brue Boys go from strength to strength, with the number slowly creeping up to what I know is Jennifer Martin’s secret (well, not so secret) ambition to find fifty men to sing for her. So far, so good and with each public show they are sounding more and more like a really professional group. They gave us everything from Some Enchanted Evening to Kumba Yah and we all enjoyed it.It wasn't all singing.
There was a pleasant interlude where we had Phil Jackson believe it or not with another doctor at the piano and also to accompany Chris Hunt who is called a tenor but sings like an angel. Before that we had Richard Grundy bringing back a few music hall memories- I don’t think he really thought we went back to 1911.
As is normal on these occasions a huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes not only with the Pageant but the supper we had was really exceptional - more like what the magazines call a finger buffet - you know: little pizzas, tartlets, tiny pasties - they all kept coming down the table. This was thanks to Beverley and her “team”- Nell, Jane and Dot and, well, the food was memorable.
Husbands were commandeered to man the bar. I know that in these comments you’re supposed to mention everybody* - and sometimes a few more - but this concert was a really special village occasion with everyone - the performers and the audience together having a great, friendly time. * Yes, Jennifer, I know I haven’t mentioned Robert Peto who compered so well and Andy Wale the lighting wizard, but there you are.

St Dunstan's Pageant was held on Saturday 14th June as part of Baltonsborough Festival
with a cast of hundreds including a group of stalwart Brue Boys (and conductor Jennifer)
Concert at Butleigh November 22nd 2008

Butleigh Church was packed on Saturday 22nd November 2008 for the return of the Brue Boys male voice choir and other acts. The Brue Boys started the programme with 'Some Enchanted Evening', ' The Jolly Roger' and 'Blue Moon', then ended the first half with 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Do You Hear the People Sing' and 'Consider Yourself', finishing with a reprise with all taking part. Ending the concert, the Brue Boys sang 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines', 'The Rose' and 'The Rhythm of Life', before being joined for the finale by the new local ladies choir For One Night Only for Abba's 'Thank You for the Music'.
Earlier For One Night Only sang the Abba songs 'Mamma Mia', 'Money, Money, Money' and 'Super Trouper'. It was good to see the Brue Boys’ Conductor Jennifer Martin and pianist Carolyn Young in the fore of the choir, and several Brue Boys' partners too. Their Conductor and Musical Director is Brue Boy Dick Warman. It is hoped their standing ovation will mean they are not just a one-night stand!
The evening covered a wide spectrum of music and voice. The first half included Archie and Duncan Churchill Moss with an atmospheric medley of four tunes on hurdy-gurdy and melodian; Martin Peakman's clever rendition of the monologue 'The Battle of Hastings'; Hilde Senior with a stirring Bach Organ Concerto; Jane Laver, Helen Forsey, David Ellery and Graham Kirk (both men also singing with the Brue Boys) sang accomplished versions of 'Autumn Leaves' and 'The Dark Eyed Sailor'; and Janet Hill played 'Berceuse' and 'Gymnopedie' beautifully on the flute accompanied by Helen Forsey on piano.
Between choirs in the second half, Jewel brought us up to date with a powerful version of 'I know where I've been' from Hairspray; Richard O'Grundy gave us a hearty rendition of the Irish song 'Home Boys, Home'; and we were then treated to some wonderful operatic singing from tenor Chris Hunt and soprano Donna-Marie Hughes, accompanied by Peter Adcock on piano, as they sang the glorious 'Che gelida manina', 'Si, mi chiamano Mimi' and 'O soave fanciulla' from Puccini's La Boheme.
efreshments at half time were handed round by members of Butleigh church hospitality committee. The evening was a triumph for Brue Boy producer / director / MC David Heeley who punctuated the evening with his own distinctive wit and pace. Thanks go to all who helped to organise, took part and attended this wonderful entertainment, the proceeds of which will be put towards the church development fund.

Report with minor amendment from Butleigh Parish Magazine thanks to Brue Boy Tim Gladwin

Brue Boy Compere David Heeley

For One Night Only

Tenor Chris Hunt delights the packed audience

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