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Concert in Babcary Church on Saturday 21st November
Report from Malcolm Allen with photos from Samatha Gingell

Time flies when you are having fun! Hard to believe that last Saturday the 21 st November was our last concert of 2015.

Babcary was the venue and the audience filled the church raising over £600.00 from the evening.

Items of particular note were, William Salmon singing Winters Tale and Love Changes Everything,
the Brue Boys Folk Group (with some great mandolin playing) and Grayson Pattemore entertaining as only he can!

The Brue Boys delivered thirteen songs from their repertoire including
Bobby Shafto, soloist Roger White bringing tears to the eyes
and September Song ,the solo role taken admirably by Dick Warman.

The evening was preceded by the choir and audience giving a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise
to demonstrate our respect for those who lost their lives in the recent events in Paris

Butleigh Revue on Saturday 14th November
Photos from Martin Day
The Brue Boys performed two sets of songs to start both halves of the Butleigh Revue which also featured many other local acts.

It was the fourth time the choir has taken part in the biennial event held in St Leonard's Church and compèred by Brue Boy David Heeley who was a founder member of the choir. As usual we were accompanied by pianist Hilde Senior, assisted by her husband Bob and conducted by our Musical Director Jennifer Westcott.
David Heeley reports that the full house raised over £1000 for the Church Fabric fund which was a record for the event.

Batcombe Concert on 17th October
Report from Malcolm Allen

Batcombe Jubilee Hall was, on the 17th October, the venue for a Brue Boys concert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Mid-Somerset Decorative and Fine Arts Society.

Fourteen of the Brue Boys repertoire were performed which included solos by Roger White in a rousing 'Bobby Shafto' and Martin Peakman in our rendition of 'The Sound of Silence'

Gail Cornish wowed the audience with two numbers with a German flavour and the dulcet tones of Brue Boy, William Salmon, filled the hall with a combination of Lloyd Webber and a traditional Scottish song 'Caller Herring'.

No concert would be complete without The Brue Boys Folk Group and as always the combined talents of Roger White, Nick Llewellyn,Trevor Ryder and David Hislop ensured the audience were amazed at the amount of entertainment they received for the price of their ticket.

Thanks as always are due to Jennifer Westcott on baton, Hilde Senior on piano and Robert Senior on concertina (and page turning!) duty.
Keinton Mandeville 'Entente Chorale' Concert on Saturday 18th July
Entente Chorale 2015
The Brue Boys hosted Les Voix du Marais Choir based in Maillezais, in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire 16-19 July 2015. We called this event Entente Chorale and invite you to view our photo report of the concert in Keinton Mandeville Village Hall on the Keinton Concert page.

Charlton Mackrell Concert on Saturday 20th June
Report and Photo from Malcolm Allen

The Brue Boys returned to St.Mary the Virgin Church, Charlton Mackrell on Saturday 20th June 2015 when 26 of The Brue Boys finest performed in aid of church funds.

Fourteen numbers from our eclectic repertoire were introduced by our MC for the evening, Paul Oddie.

Gail Cornish accompanied on the piano by Carolyn Young entertained the audience with songs from the music hall in the first half.

The second half was punctuated by Brue Boy Roger White, giving us the benefit of his mellifluous tones in some folk songs accompanied on guitars and mandolin by Trevor Ryder,David Hislop and Nick Llewellyn.

A special mention should go to William Salmon whose rendition of Flash Bang Wallop, the show-stopper from the musical Half of Sixpence, raised audience participation to a new level! The unseen drum contribution was provided by Mike Young.

As always baton wielded by our musical director, Jennifer Westcott, and The Brue Boys were accompanied by Hilde Senior on piano, assisted by her husband Bob.

The concert raised £593.70 for the Church funds

3rd Appearance at the Royal Bath and West Show

The Brue Boys performed for the third year running
at the Royal Bath and West Show
on Saturday 30th May.

We sang two different sets of songs on the stage
at the Village Green in the heart of the showground
which is so close to our Baltonsborough base.

Hilde Senior is now firmly established as our accompanist
and is pictured here with her husband Bob who always
helps turn Hilde's music and generally assists.

Behind are part of the tenor contingent of the choir,
including Trevor Ryder (third from the right)
who arranged a new version of the Scottish Mingulay Boat Song which followed our opening rendition of the Brue Boys song which which we often open our concerts.

We always enjoy singing at the Bath and West as, even though we are in the midst of a noisy fairground, we have a large platform stage and excellent microphone and amplification system.

We sang two varied sets, ranging from the lively spiritual ' Every Time I Feel The Sprit' and the upbeat 'Rhythm of Life' from the musical Sweet Charity, to the stirring Anthem from the musical Chess and You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel but more commonly heard on the football terraces at Anfield and Celtic Park.

The programme also featured several lyrical and romantic songs, including Charles Aznavour's She with a strong solo performance from tenor William Salmon, Portrait of My Love and She Was Beautiful.

Our performances were introduced by Baritone Tim Hare and as usual Conductor Jennifer Westcott kept us in good order, obviously also enjoying this occasion. We were enthusiastically received by those on the Village Green,a nd especially grateful to the generous comments from the official Village Green announcer who clearly enjoyed our songs.

The Bath and West crowd was huge on this final Saturday and you never know who you will bump into.

Amongst those listening to the Brue Boys was the distinguished actor and writer of Downton Abbey Lord Julian Fellowes
who is pictured left with Sue Peto
as he applauds one of our songs
We look forward to the prospect of future Bath and West performances from their local choir and to introducing new audiences there to our music.

Castle Cary Concert

We made our Castle Cary debut when performing in All Saints Church in the town on Friday 8th May.

MC Malcolm Allen introduced all the items which included three new songs to our repertoire: A new arrangement of the Scottish 'Mingulay Boat Song' arranged for piano and voices by Brue Boy tenor Trevor Ryder; The lively spiritual 'Every Time I Feel The Sprit' and 'She Was Beautiful' which was the theme tune to the film Deer Hunter, this version with words by Cleo Lane. Malcolm started the second half by reading the poem 'On Flanders Field' as a prelude to our First World War Songs Medley and the night was rounded off with the spirited 'Rhythm of Life' from the musical Sweet Charity and as an encore 'Bring Him Home' from Les Miserables, both favourites of the choir.

The choral items were supported by Brue Boy David Hislop who sang to his own guitar accompaniment a version of Dream river and the well-known Lonnie Donegan song 'Does your chewing-gum lose its flavour?', both of which were appreciated by the large audience.

We were again treated to the comedy of Grayson Pattemore, and his song about Mrs Beamish and her old-fashioned views on Church worship was perfect in this setting and was received with mirth by all.

In the second half the Brue Valley Ringers of Louise Clapp, Sarah Hare, Jean Heal, Jane Jarratt, Sheila Johnson, Sue Peto,
Jennifer Westcott ably performed La donna e mobile from Verdi’s Rigoletto, The Last of the Summer Wine TV theme tune arranged by Jean Heal, one of the Ringers and Humoresque by Dvorak. A welcome addition to the evening from what is now an accomplished group of bell ringers.

The partnership between our Conductor and Musical Director Jennifer Westcott and our piano accompanist Hilde Senior (assisted by her husband Bob) again anchored the choral singing and a record 37 Brue Boys took part in this concert, which was a great success in raising funds for the twin Churches of All Saints, Castle Cary and St Andrew, Ansford.

Photos from Yulia Allen

Valentine’s Night Concert in West Lydford Church
Report from Malcolm Allen

Love was in the air (as you would expect) at West Lydford Church on February 14th for The Brue Boys Valentine’s Day concert.

The capacity audience were put in the mood upon arrival , the church being decorated with red balloons and with red roses much in evidence.

The programme included numbers such as ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, ’The Rose’ and ‘Portrait of My Love’ to pursue the theme of the day. Balance was maintained with varied items including ‘Rhythm of Life’,’WW1 Medley’ and ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’.

Gail Cornish performed songs from the Music Hall to great acclaim and Roger White gave everyone a reminder of welsh singing tradition accompanied by Trevor Ryder and Nick Llewellyn on guitars.

A comedy interlude was provided by Grayson Pattemore which brought tears to the eyes of the audience - but he carried on anyway!

A great evening!

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