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Age UK Carol Service in Wells Cathedral on 11th December
Report from Malcolm Allen

The Brue Boys performed in a Carol Service at Wells Cathedral on Wednesday 11th December, also featuring participation from the The South West Fellowship Band of the Salvation Army. The service was organised by, and the collection for the benefit of, Age UK Somerset. (Some may say an appropriate  charity,given the demographic of which most BBs are members!)

The choir sang the carol 'Past Three A Clock' and the lively spiritual 'Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet'. Also, a trio of Brue Boys - Robert Peto,William Salmon and David Marshall each sang solo verses of We Three Kings (and a great job they did). Mention must also be given to the Band -their rendition of 'A Christmas Festival' by Leroy Anderson was terrific!

The audience filled the nave of the Cathedral, so let's hope they dug deeply in their pockets for Age Concern.

This final 2019 performance was the choir's third in Wells, following performances in the Town Hall and in the Bishop's Palace Gardens. We look forward to returning to the city again before too long.

 

Doulting Charity Concert
Report from Malcolm Allen

36 Brue Boys performed at Doulting Village Hall last Saturday the 23rd November. It was our first time at the venue and a capacity audience of over 100 were there to help raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK and St Aldhelm's Church,Doulting.

The Boys sang some 14 songs, including performance of Gonna Rise Up Singin' and Kalinka which were both new to our concert repertoire.

Notable solo contributions were by, Trevor Ryder playing/singing 17th Century English Folk songs, William Salmon in Flying Free, William S and David Marshall in Senzenina and more folk from Roger White and Nick Llewellyn. Grayson Pattemore wowed the assembled company with his inimitable comedic patter!

Great levels of audience participation in a number of songs added to the atmosphere generated.

Thanks as ever to the brilliant pianism of Hilde Senior and to Jennifer Westcott for her leadership.

The concert was well publicised and a very effective fund-raising project with a profit after expenses of £1630 of which £1100 went to Bowel Cancer and the remainder £530 to St Aldheim's Church.

Successful East Chinnock Concert

The Brue Boys performed their first concert in the South Somerset village of East Chinnock on Saturday 19th October. St Mary's Church proved a good place to sing as the square nave had a flat ceiling which made an effective 'sound box'. The fine night encouraged a fair-sized audience to attend, despite the rival attraction of 'Strictly' on TV! They seemed to enjoy their night out as did the choir who were made to feel welcome.

Making his debut as Master of Ceremonies was tenor Richard Baillon who struck exactly the right tone to ensure the evening was introduced in style and rounded off with appropriate thanks.

The choir sang fifteen songs in five sets, with our our usual eclectic range of music which we hope suits all tastes with:
* Our own 'Brue Boys Song' to open;
* Spirited spirituals ('When the Saints' and 'Amen');
* Songs from the shows (Anthem from Chess, You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel and a medley from Oklahoma;
* Two contrasting a capella songs (the Zulu chant Senzenina and the shanty John Kanaka - both featuring solos by David Marshall (Senzenina) Roger White, John Mulliner, Fraser Davidson, William Salmon and Richard Baillion);
* Elvis Presley's 'The Wonder of You' led by our very own 'King' David Hislop;
* The beautiful aria Caro Mio Ben which we sang in Italian;
* Two gentle songs - 'To Where You Are' and Dylan Thomas' 'Sunset Poem' set to music for four parts
* A pair of stirring and lyrical songs - 'Flying Free' led by soloist Dick Warman and 'Sailing' made famous by Rod Stewart;

Something for everyone? We hope so.

As usual we were ably led by Conductor Jennifer Westcott and accompanied by our excellent pianist Hilde Senior, assisted by her husband Bob. Bob and Hilde also provided an enjoyable piano and concertina duet whine they played the Gavotte in G Major by William Boyce.

David Hislop veered from his Elvis guise to sing 'From Here to the Moon and Back' and the good old Adge Cutler song 'Don't Tell I Tell 'Ee' that gave everybody a chance to join in.

In the second half, Roger White, accompanied on guitar by Nick Llewellyn and Richard Loughlin sang 'On Raglan Road', 'Rare Old Times' and the chorus song 'Fiddler's Green', all ideal for his dulcet tones.

However, a good concert was made special by the return of William Salmon to solo singing. William has the most lovely tenor voice and he sang 'I'll Walk Beside You', made famous by Irish tenor John McCormack and his own version 'A Winter's Tale' following David Essex's 1980s hit with his usual flair. It was so good to have William back as a leading Brue Boy and we look forward to him leading those songs with which he is always associated.

The concert was in aid of Church funds, as they aim to build a proper toilet. Hooray!

Concert in Easton Village Hall on Saturday 8th June
Report from Malcolm Allen and photos from Annette White

Easton Village Hall was both the venue and beneficiary of a concert on the 8th June. Thirteen numbers from the choir including a first performance by them of a medley of songs from Oklahoma(which went well!). Roger White,Nick Llewellyn and Richard Loughlin sang Folk, David Hislop sang songs from the 60's and The Silver Strands-Tubby Peto,Trevor Ryder, Dick Warman and Brian Marshall sang both jointly and severally! Thanks to Jennifer Westcott for conducting so effectively and Hilde Senior for accompanying brilliantly.

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Photos show- Top and below - the choir; Above Left: David Hislop entertains; Centre: Boys in full voice; Right: The Silver Strands perform.
Concert at Somerset Rural Life Museum on Saturday 18th May
Photos from Martin Day

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Concert images: The choir, Accompanist Hilde and Bob; Conductor Jennifer directing Hilde and flautist Jane Heald
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Supporting Acts: David Chambers and Gail Cornish; The Brue Valley Ringers; Brue Boys Folk Group
Crispin Hall Concert on Wednesday 8th May
Photos from the concert organisers
The Brue Boys opened a concert in the newly re-furbished Crispin Hall in Street on Wednesday 8th May.
The choir sang eight songs, featuring solos by David Marshall, leading us in the rousing Zulu chant Senzenina
and David Hislop again wowing the ladies in his Elvis-style crooning in 'The Wonder of You'.
We were followed by the Avalonian State Choir and, after the interval by musical acts from Strode College.

Return to Ditcheat on Saturday 6th April : Report and photos from Malcolm Allen

Ditcheat Village Hall was filled to capacity on the occasion of The Brue Boys Concert in aid of The Forever Friends Appeal - RUH Bath, arranged by Shepton Mallet Rotary Club.

A great mixed programme by the choir was punctuated by solo spots from Trevor Ryder, "Three Brue Boys singing Folk" (although perhaps better described as one Brue Boy singing -Roger White and two Brue Boys -Nick Llewellyn and Richard Loughlin on guitars!). The third solo spot was  Grayson Pattemore treating the audience to his stand up comedy routine-much enjoyed by the audience!

One of the songs performed by the choir "The Rose" was dedicated to our late fellow Brue Boy, John Callaghan, who died recently.It was one of his favourite numbers and the rendition did him proud.

Photo right shows the Brue Boys conducted by Jennifer Westcott and accompanied by Hilde Senior.

Photos show:

Left: Trevor Ryder singing the blues

Right: Roger White singing a folk song

 

First 2019 Concert

Our first 2019 concert was held in excellent venue of The Bible Christian Centre, Haselbury Plucknett on Saturday 9th March. This splendid new venue for the choir also brought us a fresh audience from this part of rural South Somerset and we trust the 90+ present watching in the spacious hall enjoyed their evening.

34 Brue Boys sang a total of sixteen songs. These included 'Pilgrim's Chorus' from Wagner's opera Tannhäuser, the Somerset folk song 'O Sally, My Dear' and the Welsh hymn Ebenezer.
We were again capably conducted by Jennifer Westcott and accompanied by Hilde Senior, assisted by her husband Bob.

Soloists in the choir were songs were David Chambers (She), Dick Warman (Flying Free), David Hislop (again playing The King with his usual aplomb leading 'The Wonder of You') and David Marshall who led the wonderful Zulu song Senzenina, which has become a favourite both of the choir and audiences, as demonstrated again tonight.

In between sets of choir songs there were three supporting Brue Boy acts. David Hislop sang an upbeat version of Rogers and Hart's 'Blue Moon' and the entertaining 'Raise a ruckus' by The Old Medicine Show. Dick Warman, Graham Kirk and John Mulliner dressed up as sick and grumpy old men to reprieve the comic song 'Man Flu' performed the previous night at our annual dinner. Finally a Brue Boys folk trio featuring Nick Llewellyn and Richard Loughlin on guitar and let by vocalist Roger White, sang the shanty 'Keep Hauling', Farewell to you, Marquês and the sea song Whip Jamboree which gave people a chance to join in with the chorus.

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