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The choir is based in the market town of Louth in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Every summer it sings a concert in the town’s magnificent parish church of St James. Another ten or so concerts and a choral festival competition constitute a typical year’s programme. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings starting at 7.30pm at the Town Hall, Eastgate, Louth. Prospective new members are always welcome to attend rehearsals. The choir also welcomes invitations to sing at new locations that can accommodate 40 voices or more. Illustration by Twink Addison – further drawings by her are on Apres Singing and About Us.
We have made a recording of our annual concert held on Saturday 25th June at St James, Louth. These are at £3.50 inl. PP. Contact Tim Elliott – 01507 604262, email@example.com
Below is a critique by Fredrick Goodwin. Fred has had a lifetime in music and is the retired organist and choir mater of St James Church, Louth. Fred is also a composer and arranger of choral music and has written some pieces for us:
‘Are we singing it without music?’ said the choirboy, meaning without copies. In last night’s LMVC concert hardly any copies were to be seen, but by golly there was music! An abundance of rich, warm, heartfelt music, rhythmically alive, impressive in its unanimity and full of variety. It is always a wonder how the members of the Louth Continue reading →
Our AGM was last week, Richard Keeble was the retiring Chairman after two years in the post, a sort of precedent having been set by Malcolm Kerridge, the previous Chairman. Richard had made it his challenge to get some more social events going with the help of Barnie Canter, which he achieved, the last being our visit to Lincoln Cathedral during the summer. His second was to get us to be more animated, in smiling. This has probably been more difficult to achieve as being men we can’t multi-task. It is going to be interesting as Graham has re-introduced ‘Back To The 60’s’ and last time he apparently got us doing the Hand-Jive. Richard has been a good chairman, eloquent as you might expect from a retired Professor of Journalism (having got his doctorate from Keble College, Oxford – he couldn’t resist going to a college with the same sounding name). Eric Burton takes over having been Vice for the last two years; Andrew North has taken over as Secretary from John Hards, who stepped down having gone back to work virtually full time; Tim Elliott is to become Vice-Chairman but will also continue his Media Officer role.
Boy, were we lucky with the weather today at the International Bomber Command Unveiling Ceremony at Canwick Hill, Lincoln. We sang ‘Strike Hard, Strike Sure’, the new piece specially commissioned for the event by Tom Deveron, with the Lincoln Orpheus MVC & the City Of Lincoln MVC, accompanied by the RAF College band, or rather we accompanied them. We also sang 4 other joint pieces and then the individual choirs sang a few more. A glorious day in every way and such a joy to see 300 veterans. I put together a short video which is below, not my best but it was very much impromptu as we did not know what access or freedom we were going to have. It is done to the audio of ‘Strike Hard, Strike Sure’ but again I had to record at the back of the choir and behind the PA speakers, from in front, you could hear the choir a lot better as there were mics set up, but I was there to sing! The organiser is going to set up a recording – so watch this space
I asked Florence, the French wife of Paul Firth – our Rain Rain baritone soloist, whether
she understood our French singing of Cantique de Jean Racine. She replied that she realized it was foreign but only understood one word ‘someil’. So much for our dialect which clearly came from a remote part of France unknown to Florence. I suspect that 99.9% of the audience were with us in enjoying the sound as opposed to the literal meaning. Last night we had our annual concert at St James with Kidgate Boys’ Choir, quite a contrast. William Dunning, in his last year at Kidgate, was their compere and gave a very full and interesting intro to all their pieces. It is quite amazing how Chris Wood, their MD, has inspired and taken them all over the place to sing. Chris retires at the end of term and will be sadly missed by the boys. Talking of being inspired, Continue reading →
Papillon with Tom Redgrave from Collabro with his mum, far right
1st tenors were a bit thin on the ground last night and Alan John was seconded back from baritones where he migrated to at the beginning of the choral year last September; he was able to pick up on most of the repertoire giving us 4 ½ top tenors including myself. It certainly keeps your wits about you but Graham said that we were not too bad considering, I think that was a compliment, but then again he is a very kind soul. We were at Fulstow and singing in aid of the Louth Continue reading →
Ok, if you live in Louth (or even if you don’t) and have yet to see us, or would like to see us again, then it is our annual concert on SATURDAY 20TH JUNE, in St. JAMES CHURCH, LOUTH. The details of how to obtain tickets etc are on the poster below. This year we are singing with KIDGATE PRIMARY ACADEMY BOYS CHOIR, whom we have sang with many times before. Their musical teacher is the young Chris Wood, married to LMVC’s old Brian (70 two days ago!), who has been a real inspiration to the boys and is retiring at the end of term. You will be full of emotions – in the main it is the granddads singing with the third generation (apologise to Paul Wright, our excellent 1st tenor, who in relative terms has only just started shaving and doesn’t get puffed running for bus ) It will be difficult not to have tears in your eyes listening to the boys. Should you have come to our concert last year then this year you will hear the usual mix of old familiar and new pieces by us.