Over 50 workshop participants had a super afternoon of singing with Martin Jones. There was an abundance of wonderful home made cake to enjoy in the break, then the afternoon rounded off with a little performance of the songs we had learned.
There’s nothing quite like going on tour with a choir, and for Caldy Valley Voices, this was our very first touring experience: a day in North Wales, taking part in the Three Taverns Tour (Taith Tair Tafarn).
The event centres around three pubs in and around Llanarmon Yn Ial and has been an annual event since 2011. Singers work their way around all three venues, singing (and drinking) in each one. The grand finale takes place at the Raven Inn where all choirs meet up for a big sing!
This year, the singers taking part were: Cor Dewi Sant, Canu Conwy, Contraband, Ar Y Gweill, Flint Ladies, Brymbo Male Choir and of course, ourselves, Caldy Valley Voices.
To get between pubs, the singers have the option to walk or drive. Most of us Caldy Valley singers opted to walk; and at around a six mile round trip, it was a rewarding, if maybe tiring experience, especially for those of us with beer in our legs!
The camaraderie between singers was plain to see during the day which kicked off with a warm up led by Ruth Evans, conductor of Cor Dewi Sant. We were invited to work our facial muscles with a scrunch and stretch exercise: all good fun!
The three pubs are the Raven, Llanarmon Yn Ial, the Rose & Crown, Graianrhyd and the Sun Inn, Eryrys which is the teeny tiniest pub in the world but we still managed to squeeze in and give a performance.
Our repertoire for the day included the ever popular California Dreamin’ , Chattanooga Choo Choo and, new for 2017, Rhythm of Life (which varied in speed depending on how much energy we had left!)
There were many memorable performances, including Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah from Cor Dewi Sant; the spiritual Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet from Brymbo Male Choir and a very moving version of The Rose from Flint Ladies Choir.
The finale at the Raven gave all choirs an excuse to join in with some enthusiastic singing of Calon Lan, Sospan Fach and of course the Welsh National Anthem, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.
I think we all left feeling that we had been a part of something very special.
We are currently working on “Dancing Stories”, an exciting project which will see us performing Vivaldi’s Gloria at Chester Cathedral on Tuesday 11th July 2017, accompanied by Chester Youth Symphony Orchestra. The event is being organised in collaboration with Home Grown Dance Theatre and Theatre in the Quarter to celebrate 40 Years of Dance in Cheshire.
We are keen to expand our choir for this collaborative event and would like to invite experienced local choral singers to swell our numbers as a ‘massed choir’ for this event and make it a superb performance to remember.
If you would like to take part, please register here.
Rehearsals for the event will be taking place on the following days:
Friday 19th May – The Queen’s Senior School, Chester 7.30pm (Choir and Orchestra)
Tuesday 23rd May – Caldy Valley Church, Chester 7.30pm (Choir only)
Tuesday 6th June – Caldy Valley Church, Chester 7.30pm (Choir only)
Tuesday 13th June – Caldy Valley Church, Chester 7.30pm (Choir only)
Friday 16th June – The Queen’s Senior School, Chester 7.30pm (Choir and Orchestra)
Tuesday 20th June – Caldy Valley Church, Chester 7.30pm (Choir only)
Friday 23rd June – The Queen’s Senior School, Chester 7.30pm (Choir and Orchestra)
Tuesday 27th June – Caldy Valley Church, Chester 7.30pm (Choir only)
Tuesday 4th July – Caldy Valley Church, Chester 7.30pm (Choir only)
Friday 7th July – The Queen’s Senior School, Chester 7.30pm (Choir and Orchestra)
Sunday 9th July – *NB Change of venue* – Christleton High School Sports Hall, Christleton 1-4pm FULL REHEARSAL with dancers
Tuesday 11th July – Chester Cathedral 7.30pm – PERFORMANCE
“Carolling at Caldy Valley” #cacv
Caldy Valley Neighbourhood Church
Saturday 10th December 2016 at 7.30pm
Come along and celebrate Christmas with Caldy Valley Voices.
Music, poetry from the Chester Poets, and a mince pie to get you in the festive spirit! There will also be a raffle in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We will be performing a new carol “Sleep, my Jesu” at this concert which was recently composed by Jamie Hall as part of his project “Dancing Day” especially to support Macmillan Cancer as part of #ChoirsAgainstCancer. Many other choirs are singing this carol to raise money for this very worthy cause.
Tickets £5 from choir members, or phone 01829 771624, or buy them below:
Excerpts from last year’s carol concert –
We have enjoyed three years of singing together and during that time have gone from strength to strength. Our summer concert celebration this year had a moon theme to the programme and we were delighted to welcome Huntington Primary School Choir to take part in our evening of music and poetry.
We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead including Christmas carols at the Caldy Valley Centre, Three Taverns Festival at Llanarmon yn lâl, Songs For All Seasons at Caldy Valley Centre and Vivaldi’s Gloria at Chester Cathedral.
If you are interested in joining us, we are hosting a ‘taster’ session on 6th September 2016, from 7.15pm at Caldy Valley Church just fill in the application form or contact Will Hay, our Musical Director.
We were delighted to be able to perform our “Over the Moon” summer concert programme on Saturday night. The audience enjoyed a blend of musical genre from a capella spirituals to pop and jazz. We were supported by a super performance from Huntington Primary School Choir. The singing was interspersed with moon-themed poetry, some of which had been specially commissioned for the event!
Your concert was really good, and we were so glad we could be there.Super arrangements and harmonies, lots of feeling and confidence in the singing, and a sense of intimacy and togetherness throughout it all.Loved the African songs especially. Walking and singing was so evocative……..
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Saturday 16th January, 2016
We were treated to a wonderful workshop today at Caldy Valley Church presented by Matt Baker. Elaine writes,
I have just returned from the Matt Baker workshop at Caldy Valley, having had the most wonderful afternoon. The hall was packed with faces old and new, all enjoying the singing experience. As Tom said,’ It may have been cold and miserable outside, but inside it was warm and glowing!’ Thanks to everyone who helped to make the afternoon so successful.
Thank you to the dozen or so stalwarts who turned up to the Delamere Santa Dash this morning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Santas in one place. It may have been raining, but there was plenty of Christmas spirit (some of it in the form of mulled wine) and loads of enthusiasm! Ably led by Will, we sang an impressive number of songs and carols in 2 sets, and enjoyed a coffee together in the cafe. (If you haven’t been yet, I can recommend it …the cakes and coffee were wonderful). Happy Christmas and see you on 5th Jan!
Which sums it up quite nicely really. The enforced a cappella worked out well when the generator refused to power our piano. Thanks to our pianist, Jeremy, for stepping in and doubling the bass section!
Our first Christmas Concert took place at Caldy Valley Church, Chester on Friday 11th December at 7.30pm. We presented a seasonal programme of music and poetry interspersed with some musical solos. There were over 80 people in the appreciative audience who all enjoyed a drink and a mince pie afterwards.