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The Brue Boys at St Georges Church, Hinton St George: Report and photo from Malcolm Allen

The Brue Boys at Hinton St George on 28th October

The Brue Boys gave a concert in aid of church funds last Saturday 28th October. An enthusiastic and, when called upon, participative audience enjoyed a dozen numbers from the repertoire.

Study in concentration during the concert

The soloists were brilliant; In the first half David Chambers with his rendition of “Luck be a Lady” and “A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square” and David Hislop with “The Bridge” and “Captain of The Dredger”. David Hislop also wowed the audience with his amazing take on Elvis in “The Wonder of You”. We were also fortunate to have Jean Heal and her flute with us. She and Hilde Senior played a duet in the first half and Jean added to the accompaniment to some of the Brue Boy songs. It really added to the evening. Roger White and Nick Llewellyn sang three folk songs in the second half with some rousing support from all.

Another view of the Brue Boys @ Hinton St George

Thanks as always to our Conductor Jennifer Westcott and our fantastic pianist, Hilde Senior.

Sing for Star on 30th June. Report by Malcolm Allen.

The Brue Boys were participants in a charity concert in aid of Star and Promise Works, two local charities. What a privilege to perform alongside some incredibly talented youngsters. The Space Company with their extracts from Spamalot and students from Heathfield Community College performing a variety of dance, drama and songs. Although not so young, The Village Folk wowed the audience with four songs from their play list. The Brue Boys had one set in each half of the evening both enthusiastically received by the audience the second finishing off the event with a rousing rendition of Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet. Raising funds for charity can indeed be fun!

Brue Boys at the Bath and West Show on Saturday 3rd June
Report and photos from Malcolm Allen

Saturday June the 4th will go down in the annals of Brue Boys history as the day we took The Bath & West Show by storm - more of that later!

Our first session was at 12.30, a half hour spot immediately after the professionals of the Parachute Regiment Band. We gave of our best in the six numbers chosen and of particular note was Robert (Tubby) Peto demonstrating his uncannily accurate American accent in ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’. Yippie yi yay!

Our second session at 3.30, with another six numbers started well enough, However, with impeccable timing the elements changed! ’Bridge over Troubled Water’ saw the the wind rising and the sky darken. By the time we got to our fifth number ’Michelle’ the rain was beating on the backs of those in rear of the choir and the audience had (with the exception of the stoical wives of the Boys) disappeared, presumably to safe haven of the cider tent. We of course carried on, with William Salmon rendering the solo of our final number ‘Uptown Girl’ brilliantly. At that moment it seemed as if we were performing from the deck of a sailing yacht rounding Cape Horn on a bad day.

Congratulations to all our survivors and of course Jennifer Westcott and Hilde Senior for managing to conduct and accompany in such conditions!

Photos show us performing in the (brighter) first half and a quintet of our wives who we hope enjoyed the singing at this unique venue as we competed with all the fun of the show as well as the elements.

Return to Castle Cary on Friday 19th May

31 Brue Boys returned to sing in the beautiful All Saints Church in Castle Cary to help raise funds for church funds. Our varied programme included David Hislop’s solo as the king himself in Elvis’ Presley’s ‘Wonder of You’ which was a particular audience favourite and a new version of ‘Do You Hear the People Sing’ from Les Miserable featuring solos by David Marshall, John Callaghan and Trevor Ryder. Trevor was prominent throughout the concert and excelled in a number of key roles: performing an Appalachian song accompanying himself on the dulcimer in the first half, playing and singing with the Village Folk; and taking up the baton to conduct the choir in great style due to unforeseen circumstances in the second half on request from our Musical Director Jennifer Westcott. He excelled in each of the roles. Gail Cornish sang two lovely songs to complete a concert that was well received by the local audience.

Concert in Farmborough Church on 29th April
as part of the Three Towers Music Festival

Report and photos from Malcolm Allen

Left: Gail Cornish and Mitch Brine during their excellent duet
Above: Hilde Senior accompanying the Brue Boys

The venue was the delightful All Saints Church,Farmborough and was part of the local Three Towers Music Festival. The objective being raising funds for The Amber Trust which facilitates music for blind children, The concert comprised of some fifteen numbers by The Brue Boys ,a session by The Brue Valley Handbell Ringers, Duets by Gail Cornish and Mitch Brine and a set from Village Folk.

It is always a challenge to pick highlights but one must mention David Hislop’s solo in ‘The Wonder of You’ indistinguishable from Elvis in Las Vegas in 1970 (as long as one had one’s eyes closed!). William Salmon displayed amazing vocal stamina in his ‘Uptown Girl’ -a really challenging solo! Gail and Mitch injected a real sense of the comedic in their rendition of ‘Duetto Buffo Di Due Gatti’ attributed to Rossini. Cats in Concert.

The Bells really resonated in the church and one must compliment ‘Village Folk’- their three folk songs being probably one of their best sessions ever.

The audience were enthusiastic in their applause for a great evening's entertainment.

Concert in Mudford Village Hall on Saturday 11th March
Report from Malcolm Allen with photos taken by Chrissie Studley

Brue Boys preparing to sing

Mudford Village Hall was the venue for our first performance of 2017. A great audience ,who were totally up for participation, were entertained by a wide variety of pieces from our repertoire. These ranged from the calm ‘Yfory’ to the hand clapping nautical refrain of ‘Jack’s the Lad’

The boys were particularly elegant in their headwear and brollies for ‘Raindrops keep falllin’ ‘ and could have been easily mistaken for a bunch of extras from a western movie, wearing their cowboy hats during ’Ghost riders in the Sky’.

Solo performers , too numerous to mention, did a brilliant job and a special mention for Hilde Senior who beside accompanying the choir also backed a number of the soloists. Not much of a chance for Hilde to relax!

A high standard has been set for what follows in 2017.

Photos of the Silver Strands (Brue Boys Dick Warman, David Wood, Tubby Peto and Geoff Gingell who sang three songs.

Earlier in the first half John Studley, David Hislop and David Chambers sang solo songs and in the second half the Village Folk
(with Brue Boys Nick Llewellyn, Trevor Ryder and Roger White plus Micky Little) entertained us with two songs and an Appalachian tune.

Tim Hare was MC for the evening

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