2021 News of the Brue Boys
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New sea song by Douglas Combes

Dr Douglas Combes, who provided a very successful workshop to the choir in December 2019, has generously provided his arrangement of Sir Edward Elgar's Sea Pictures Op 37 No 4 set to words by Richard Garnett. The Brue Boys are starting to learn this beautiful sea song and practice parts for all four sections and as a TTBB recording have also been provided by Douglas and are now available on our Practice Parts page. Usual MP3 files replaced original files on 1st November as these couldn't be opened by usual software.

Socially distanced rehearsals continue in Baltonsborough Village Hall at 7.30pm on Mondays.

Brue Boys restart rehearsals

On Monday 6th September the Brue Boys choir will restart practices in a revised format taking into consideration continuing Covid concerns.
Rehearsals will be held in Baltonsborough Village Hall at 7.30pm and not at Tilham Farm Barn.

Those attending must have received two covid vaccinations and have a negative Lateral Flow Test (LFT) in the previous 24 hours.

On arrival members should sanitise on entering the hall and sign in.

Members should not attend if they: have symptoms of covid including a raised temperature;
have, in the last 10 days, been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid; been told to self-isolate or are shielding.

The larger hall will enable people to be distanced 1m apart.


The Brue Boys led by Conductor Jennifer Westcott during our Glastonbury Extravaganza performance in August 2019

When can we sing again?
As we look forward to meeting together again to sing, our Chairman Robert 'Tubby' Peto sent us this letter on 15th January which we would like to share:

Dear Brue Boys 

Today Is the 14th Birthday of the formation of the Brue Boys on 15th January 2007 in the Stalls at Tilham Farm - the realisation of Jennifer's dream to create and lead a choir for men.

I do not imagine that the 17 of us who were at that first gathering would have had any idea as to how the choir would grow and flourish. I have just re-read the 10th anniversary souvenir journal and it is truly amazing to be reminded of what we have all done in terms of concerts and events, based on continuous improvement in the quality and range of our singing.

I suppose the most memorable event was our performance at the Glastonbury Extravaganza in August 2019. We returned in September concerned that it would be difficult to "top" that, but we started the new choir year with determination and enthusiasm, little knowing what was to unfold in 2020.

The pandemic has turned many people's lives up-side-down, and challenged us all in different ways. For choir members, it is the loss of human interaction, and community feeling. I think that we should all be very grateful for Jennifer's valiant efforts to keep the Brue Boys’ Light alive with her weekly updates.

We all know in our hearts that the post Covid world will be different, and that the pandemic has accelerated changes which were already taking place. One thing will not change and that is our desire and need for human contact and the joy of music making. 

I believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but we need to hold our nerve, and be patient. With this in mind I am really hopeful that we will be back together for the start of the new choir year in September, or perhaps earlier if the vaccination programme allows this.

Until then, let us keep our stories and thoughts flowing to Jennifer for onward transmission.

With best wishes to you all.


Robert Peto

Tilham Farm, Baltonsborough


When it is possible, we will rehearse on Mondays at 7 for 7.30pm 2020 at The Stalls, Tilham Farm. We will continue to welcome new members who can try out a rehearsal or two before committing to joining us as a paid-up member. See the How to Join Us page for more.

Members can use the part recordings on the Practice Parts Page to brush up their performances. A complete list of our repertoire is on the Our Music page to get an idea of the wide variety of songs we sing.

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