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Concert in Babcary Church on Saturday 20th October

Report from Malcolm Allen with photographs taken by Marion Salmon

An audience, just slightly larger than the choir, enjoyed a varied programme of some thirteen numbers from The Brue Boys.

John Callaghan ably MC’d the evening which featured some great solo contributions. David Hislop and William Salmon were notable in that regard as well as their featuring in some of The Brue Boys’ repertoire.

Right: The choir assembled on the new stands, being conducted by Jennifer Westcott during the pre-concert rehearsal.

It was great to hear the performance by the Senior family, with Hilde on the organ and Bob on the concertina and in the second half of the evening the Folk session from BB’s Roger White and Nick Llewellyn together with a friend Alan Moody.

Mention should also be made of our guest flautist Jean Heal who performed in the BB’s rendition of “Flying Free”

Left: Another view of the Brue Boys in action.

Norton-sub-Hamdon Concert on Saturday 6th October
Report from Malcolm Allen

In his book “The Buildings of England” Nikolaus Pevsner describes the church of St.Mary in Norton- sub- Hamdon as ”an uncommonly perfect church”. Few of us at last night’s concert would dispute that observation!

Performances at the concert on Saturday 6 th October were particularly noteworthy by the soloists.

John Studley opened with his rendition of Memory from Cats and was followed by Neil Meek with the Jerome Kern classic Old Man River. Great performances by both and congratulations to Neil on his solo performing debut.

William Salmon really wowed the audience with his versions of A Winter’s Tale by Mike Batt and Tim Rice and the Franz Lehar standard, You are my Hearts Delight.

The second half really kicked off with a bang, David Marshall’s powerful solo in the Zulu chant Senzenina really gave the piece an emotional edge.

The folk song set performed by Roger White and Nick Llewellyn was really engaging with the audience and achieving a high level of audience participation.

Between the above The Brue Boys sang some songs!

Concert at St.Paul's Church Easton on Friday 30th June
Report from Malcolm Allen and photos taken by Jackie Llewellyn

Scorching temperatures and a sell-out crowd just the thing to raise the faintest bead of perspiration on the brow of even the coolest of The Brue Boys (and some are really cool!)

Although some may say this report is not without bias , it was a really a terrific evening. Soloists from among the Boys excelling in their input and with fantastic contributions from Gail Cornish and on the flute, Jean Heal.

Local festival promoter Michael Eavis was heard to say at during the interval, he was moved (in a good way!) by William Salmon’s rendition of “I’ll walk beside you”. Apparently it was much loved by his father and he hadn’t heard it for 40 years.

It was great that St Paul's were such wonderful hosts, a marquee being erected in the churchyard for interval drinks and nibbles. so dehydration was avoided!

Photos show: Above: The choir in action conducted by Jennifer Westcott
and accompanied by Hilde Senior (who also accompanied William and Gail).
Left William Salmon and Gail Cornish singing the duet ' You’re just in love.
Gail also sang 'Roseville Fair' with Trevor Ryder on the banjo.
Below left: Easton local David Hislop who sang
'Always look on the bright side of life' and ' Pill, pill'.
Below right: The Village Folk Group of Roger White, Trevor Ryder,
Micky Little,
Colin Bowen and Nick Llewellyn
who sang ' The Fields of Athenry', ' Wild Mountain Thyme' and ' Whip Jamboree'.

Concert at All Saints Church Kingweston on Saturday 12th May 2018: Report from Malcolm Allen

Despite the best efforts of vandals who, during the previous night, cut the electricity supply, the combined efforts of Western Power and the team at the church enabled the show to go on!

The Brue Boys performed a varied programme of some fourteen numbers. All were extremely well received by a near capacity audience but perhaps particularly to our first public performance of ‘Senzenina’ a Zulu song with great solo contributions by David Marshall and Graham Kirk.

The first half also featured solo contributions from the always popular Gail Cornish and William Salmon. Gail and David Chambers joined forces to give a nostalgic rendition of ‘Ah yes, I remember it well’.

The two Brue Boys who do folk, Roger White and Nick Llewellyn, really got the feet tapping and achieved a high level of audience participation in their three song set. This was probably helped by the glass of wine most had during the interval.

Happy audience, happy Brue Boys and money raised to help the church; Can there be a better way of spending a Saturday night?

Concert in St Benedict's Church, Glastonbury on Saturday 17th March 2018
The choir enjoyed performing in the beautiful St Benedict's Church in Glastonbury for the first time on St Patrick's Day 2018. Snow started falling during the day but the show went on despite the conditions, which no doubt deterred some from attending as tickets were only available on the door. The occasion was to raise funds to maintain the handsome and historic 8ft Bechstein Grand Piano, much beloved by our accompanist Hilde Senior who looked even more radiant as she played for us in proper and grand fashion. Conductor Jennifer Westcott also seemed delighted with the depleted choir of 25 (due partly to rugby and other conflicting events) as we were well-balanced and uplifted by the bright airy church with better lighting and view of Jennifer and our audience than is often the case.

Chairman Tubby Peto acted as MC with his usual aplomb as he introduced the concert. Our own programme consisted of fifteen songs, including a favourite Irish song Carrickfergus on this special day. The final song in the first half was Trevor Ryder's new arrangement of the traditional halyard sea shanty 'John Kanaka' sung for the first time. This is the first of four shanties that Trevor has arranged for the choir and we sang it in true shanty style, without accompaniment, with 'shanty men' singing verses solo and with a raw edge, but in four parts. Jennifer taught the audience the chorus beforehand and so there was a rousing finish to the first half before we all enjoyed refreshments. The modern romantic song 'Beauty is her name' was again enriched by the beautiful flute playing of Jean Heal which echoed around the lovely church.

We were, as usual, supported by other acts. The Brue Valley Handbell Ringers rang out three lyrical numbers, concluding with 'Take a pair of sparkling eyes 'from Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers, the tune of which is most effective played on the bells. Soprano Gail Cornish sang two songs, including 'St Patrick was a gentlemen' on this special day. Gail continued the Celtic theme in the second half when singing the lovely 'Kitty of Coleraine' as a duet with tenor William Salmon. This was after William sang 'I'll walk beside you' very much in the style of Irish tenor Josef Locke, which was a perfect song to show off William's own strong tenor voice which has been a highlight of Brue Boys concerts over the years.

There were many complimentary remarks after the show and so we all went home happy that that we had given everyone an enjoyable evening, despite stepping out onto the blizzard that by then was sweeping across the Glastonbury night. Hilde is not the only one performing who would love to return to the church on a warmer night!

Baltonsborough Concert on Saturday 17th February 2018 ~ Report from Malcolm Allen, photos from Bob Clapp and Martin Fox.

36 Brue Boy’s accompanied by Hilde Senior and conducted by Jennifer Westcott gave a concert in Baltonsborough Village Hall with a love theme.

Fourteen songs were sung, with a particularly notable solos from William Salmon, David Chambers, Gail Cornish and our own Elvis –David Hislop. The Trolley Song, from the American Musical Meet me in St Louis was sung for the first time.

The Brue Valley Ringers ( consisting of 8 players) really chimed with the audience with their music from the Shows.

The aforementioned David Chambers also performed a duet with Gail Cornish in an excellent rendition of “I remember it well”,reminding those of a certain age of the Maurice Chevalier/Hermione Gingold version in the movie Gigi. Afterwards Gail sang a lovely version of "'It Had to be You".

Those who like their love songs with a Folk Music edge were also catered for by the trio of Roger White ,Trevor Ryder and Nick Llewellyn.

If applause volume is the prime indicator of audience satisfaction then the acclaim at the end of the evening meant a number of very happy people went home from Baltonsborough Village Hall!

Left: MC Tim Hare introducing the evening in style

Above: The Brue Valley Ringers performing

Above: David Chambers and Gail Cornish singing 'I Remember it Well'.
Right: Folk Group of Nick Llewellyn, Roger White and Trevor Ryder

Left: Elvis (aka David Hislop) crooning his inimitable version
of The King's 'The Wonder of You'

Above: The choir in full voice

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