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Friday 15th July - Concert in the gardens of the Bishop's Palace, Wells

We were delighted to present a summer concert in the beautiful grounds of the Bishop's Palace in Wells on Friday 15th July. Thankfully the evening remained largely dry, with just a few spots to make the debut of one of our new songs, Burt Bacharach's 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head' from the film 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' authentic! We also performed the 1968 hit song 'What a Wonderful World' for the first time.

We were supported by our regular local musical acts. Carolyn Young made a quick change from accompanying us on piano to playing the harp as Gail Cornish sang Dafydd y Garreg Wen, The Road to the Isles and Bread and Fishes. The Brue Valley Ringers started the second half with three tunes and thankfully finished before the cathedral bells chimed nine o'clock! The ladies choir 'For Another Night Only', accompanied on piano by our conductor Jennifer Martin and conducted by baritone Brue Boy Dick Warman sang two sets, the first a medley of Andrew Lloyd Webber Songs and in the second half 'You raise me up' and highlights from the musical Chicago. It is good to see the ladies choir growing and including more wives of the Boys.

Altogether the 28 Boys present sang fourteen songs which again demonstrated our wide repertoire, ranging from Bring Him Home from Les Miserables to Alexander's Rag Time Band, from Blowin' in the Wind to Blue Suede Shoes, and from Some Enchanted evening to our encore 'Chattanooga Choo Choo'. Hopefully a good evening was had by all.

See the Our Music Page for a list of all the songs performed by the Brue Boys.

Conductor Jennifer Martin

The Brue Boys

Ten of the Basses and Baritones who sang

Saturday 11th June - our third appearance in the Stourhead Festival of the Voice
Contrasting weather for our two performances

The Brue Boys gave two performances at 11am and 3pm in the Visitor Reception Courtyard on Saturday 11th June. This was our third Festival of the Voice appearance and it is a great occasion to enjoy other choirs of many different genres amongst the beautiful grounds. Our 11am performance effectively started the show, as many other choirs gathered in the courtyard area to begin their day.

Good weather for our picnics unfortunately didn't last the day and our 3pm slot proved a major challenge with rain and hail driving down. But we carried on, perhaps singing the refrain 'I feel so broke up, I wanna go home' (from The Sloop John B.' with more conviction that usual! as water dripped from our music. As usual Jennifer smiled through it all but it took three songs before an audience member provided her with a brolly!

We must be grateful that we had not opted for the second festival day on Sunday 12th as it poured all day!
Hopefully we'll be back on a flaming June day in 2012.
Those Magnificent Men perform return to Baltonsborough
The Brue Boys gave another concert in home territory at Baltonsborough Village Hall on Saturday 26th March 2011. Referred to 'Those Magnificent Men' for the night the boys featured this song from the well known film and pictures of the boys donning flying helmets decorated the tables which also featured lovely bowls of primroses.
Supporting the boys were The Brue Valley Ringers with three tunes and Phil Jackson on the saxophone, accompanied in the first half by Brue Boys' pianist Carolyn Young and performing in the second half for a duet with follow saxophonist Claire Tickell.
After getting off to a flying start, the boys rounded off the evening with their latest song 'Alexander's Ragtime Band' which sent everyone off in a foot-tapping mood.

An excellent supper of savoury crepes salad and snacks were enjoyed by all during the interval. Special thanks to Beverley Sessions and Nell Ritchie who, in a marathon ten hour stint, made all the pancakes. They were later assisted by Annettee White, Hazel Warman, Peggy Mulliner, Dot Tinker and by barmen Derek Sessions and Mark Tinker - Cheers to you all!


Phil Jackson
Claire Tickell

Silver Service with a smile

The Brue Valley Ringers

Standing Room Only for March Concert in West Lydford
The Brue Boys led a concert in St Peter's Church Lydford on Friday 4th March 2011 and were joined by The Brue Bells and the Fosse Bells, Gail Cornish with Caroline Young (Gail sang Making whoopee and Someone to watch over me) and the wonderfully entertaining Health and Safety performed by Gail Cornish and Sue Peto with accompaniment from Carolyn Young. 31 Brue Boys sang and there was standing room only!

Photos show the Brue Boys
performing to a full house
West Lydford

Cyder Barn Concert

on Thursday 10th February

Images from Jennifer Martin
Left : Carolyn Young
at the piano
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