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30-07-2017

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Friends of HIghfield trip announced for 2017. Click on link below for details

www.highfieldmvc.co.uk/pdf/FRIENDS_TRIP_2017_BOOKING_FORM_2nd__option.pdf 

 

If you didn't make it to Frodsham Community Centre on Saturday you missed a real treat. Lots of different choirs performing throughout the day. Highfield were last to perform and for a change we wore open neck black shirts to give a more relaxed look. All ok until one of us turned up in a white shirt!!. Still soon resolved and we put on an excellent performance. 

 


Terrific concert on Friday night  (4th Sept) at Rainhill St. Ann's Church with Beaufort Male Choir from Ebbw Vale. Great to see contrasting styles and hear the sound of a great Welsh choir. Highfield joined Beaufort for a finale sing of Morte Christe.

A joint piece with Beaufort and HIghfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The choir sang at The Friends' annual concert at The heath Methodist Church on 21st June. Guests were Signature,an all female singing group from ellesmere Port. Terrific evening all round. So that brings to the end of the concert season with the next concert being in September.


What a start to 2014! 3 terrific concerts at Kingsley Community Centre, Weston Church and culminating in the Spring Concert at The Brindley. The choir has been in fine voice this year benefitting from the choir workshops being run by MD, Gary Hill. At The Brindley we were joined by the choir from St. Chads High School in Runcorn. They provided a lovely contrast from our choir and oh what talent. If you get a chance to see them, take it.


2014 looks like a very busy year for the choir. As well as the usual mix of major concert and church performances, the choir is booked for 3 weddings and a celebration event at Riverside College in Widnes where The Duke of Westminster will be present.

 


Rockwell's Diner in Runcorn's old town is the latest company to sponsor Highfield. Click here to visit their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/rockwells.diner.3

 


 

3 Christmas Concerts in the next couple of weeks - in Helsby, then Runcorn, then Widnes. Have you got your ticket yet. Come on! Get into the Christmas spirit listening to the Highfield and local school choirs, as well as having a jolly good sing as well.


Saturday 29th June 2013 the choir sang at Halton Lea Shopping Centre in support of Armed Forces Day. The photo below shows the choir getting ready to sing.

 Being Armed Forces Day the choir sang some wartime favourites including:-

Its A Long Way to Tipperary

Pack Up your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye

 MD, Gary Hill, encouraged those watching to join in and invited any men there to come along to our Open Evening at Trinity Church on Tuesday 2nd. July.

After the performance, Gary and PR Officer, John Powell, gave an interview to Sue Ellison of Halton Community Radio. This can be heard on Sue's show on Tuesday between 2pm and 4 pm. Halton Radio can be found on 92.3 fm. You can also listen live via the internet by following the following link. http://www.hcr923fm.com/

  

 


The choir will be supporting Armed Forces Day at Halton Lea on Saturday 29th June. You can see coverage in the Weekly News. http://www.runcornandwidnesweeklynews.co.uk/runcorn-widnes-news/runcorn-widnes-local-news/2013/06/27/halton-lea-shopping-centre-celebrates-armed-forces-day-55368-33526436/

As well as supporting this important event, the choir will using it as a recruitment drive, searching out eligible men to come to an open evening the following Tuesday 2nd July. Please see Home Page for more details.


We all had a thoroughly good evening at The Friends Concert at The Heath Methodist Church in Runcorn last night, 22nd June. Our guest was celebrated harpist, Dylan Cernow. The Heath Church is a really lovely place to sing in with just the right acoustics for a choir.  The picture below shows Dylan performing.


On Saturday 4th May The Highfield performed in the Concert Room at St. George's Hall in Liverpool. This was as part of the United Rotary Club's annual fund raising gala concert. Other guests included The Formby Band, Local mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge, tenor Andrew Dickinson and harpist Dylan Cernyw. Both Kathryn and Andrew now perform throughout the UK and are in performances on the Glyndbourne Tour. Dylan has performed all over the UK including the Albert Hall.

Given this formidable line up the choir had to be on top form and MD Gary Hill ensured we were. Singing 3 pieces in each half of the concert, reports from the audience was that the choir was certainly in top form. As in the Brindley concert we finished with How Great Thou Art with the audience joining in the last 2 choruses.

The concert concluded with a 'Last Night of The Proms'.  Led by Kathryn Rudge, the choir and audience joined in rousing versions of Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.  Excellent evening all round.


On Friday 26th April the choir had a successful Spring Concert at The Brindley where the guests were Dr. Jazz and The Cheshire Cats. One of the best audiences we have had for some while with some very good feedback. MD Gary Hill was in good form with his particularly engaging manner. Dr. Jazz provided a complete contrast to the choir with their mix of swing and jazz pieces.

Preparations now start for the Autumn Concert on September 14th where we are joined by Warrington MVC and Welsh tenor Rhys Meirion. Before that though we do have the Friends of Highfield concert at The Heath Methodist Church on June 22nd.


Last night (20th April) the choir took part in the annual NAC (National Association of Choirs) concert at The William Aston Hall in Wrexham. There were a total of 7 choirs performing - 2 male, 2 female, 2 mixed and 1 junior. The standard was extremely high and there was a lovely mix of musical pieces being sung. The Highfield had the honour of closing the show with 4 numbers.The final number was Give Me a Choral Medley - a tongue in cheek send up of all the typical song medleys that choirs sing. The audience gave a rousing cheer at the end of this piece.

The concert concluded with all 7 choirs on stage singing Jerusalem and Cwm Rhonda. To hear around 250 choir voices singing these pieces was fantastic and quite moving.


Article in Runcorn And Widnes Weekly News on Highfield.

http://www.runcornandwidnesweeklynews.co.uk/runcorn-widnes-news/runcorn-widnes-local-news/2013/03/14/dr-jazz-and-the-cheshire-cats-join-the-highfield-male-voice-choir-in-their-spring-concert-at-the-brindley-runcorn-55368-32976872/


 We can confirm that the choir's Autumn concert at The Brindley on Saturday Sept 14th will feature a joint concert between The Highfield and Warrington Male Voice Choir. There will also be a special guest appearance by celebrated Welsh tenor Rhys Meirion.


On Saturday 23rd February the choir sang in Halton Lea Shopping Centre and whilst there helped to raise money which was donated to The Rotary Club's purple Crocus appeal. This helped the Rotary to raise a total £188.18.

The Rotary Club increased the amount to £250.00 which will be sent to the Eradication of Polio appeal.

A good afternoon's work!

 

On Saturday 19th January the choir sang at the wedding of Rebecca Yates and John Paul Dale at Farnworth Methodist Church. Before the service the choir sang Some Enchanted Evening, Love Changes Everything from Aspects of Love and The Rose. As well as supporting the congregational singing during the service, the choir also sang When I Fall In Love during the signing of the register.

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On Dec 1st, the choir held their annual Christmas Dinner at The Holiday Inn hotel in Runcorn. The Happy band are pictured here as celebrations got underway. Picture courtesy of Steve Ashworth, premier photographic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture courtesy of Steve Ashworth, premier photographic


For the Spring concert on April 26th next year the choir are joined by Dr. Jazz and The Cheshire Cats - a 20 or so piece band who play a wide range of music. Check them out on their website. http://www.dr-jazz.co.uk/the.band.html


Interesting article in The Independent on Sunday regarding the growth in choir singing, mainly emmanating from the Gareth Malone television programmes. Sing_Up_-_The_Rise_of_the_Choir.pdf

If you have been inspired or know someone who has been inspired by these programmes why not come and join us. Just contact us through our Contacts page or email us and highfieldmvc@yahoo.co.uk 


On Saturday 20th October the choir sang at The United Reform Church in the centre of St.Helens. The choir was conducted by Gary Hill and accompanied on keyboard by Derek Littlemore. The solist for the evening was Jackie Howard, our former MD, who played a lovely selection of music on the oboe. She also accompanied the choir in Alan Simmons arrangement of 'Softly as I leave you'.


Successful and very enjoyable concert at The Brindley.
 
On Saturday night (22nd. September) the choir performed its annual Autumn Concert at The Brindley Theatre in Runcorn. This was the first major concert for new MD, Gary Hill. Our guests were the Pemberton Old Wigan Band. The audience reaction was that this was one of the Highfield’s best concerts for years, a tribute to our guests and to the works put in by Gary with the choir over the last few months.
 
The choir sang a selection of both classical male voice choir pieces along with a couple of new ones.
We now look forward to the Christmas concerts in Frodsham, Runcorn and Widnes.
 

 
 
On Saturday 11th August the choir sang at Halton Lea Shopping Centre in Runcorn where they raised a total of £72.95 from the listening public. This was donated to Halton Autisic Family Support charity.
http://www.highfieldmvc.co.uk/pdf/HAFS_NEs_July2012.pdf

 

On Sunday 8th July 2012 the choir sang at the Mayoral Civic Service at St. Paul's Church, Victoria Square in Widnes. This was a service asking for God's blessing for the new Mayor and Mayoress of Halton, Tom McInerney and his wife, Angela. The choir sang Rachie, Morte Christe, Gwahddiod and Llanfair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 On Friday 15th June the choir held its Centenary Ball at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Runcorn. Pictured are both past at present members of the choir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Olympic Torch Event at Chester Racecourse - 29th May 2012 

 
Theatre in the Quarter brought together 12 schools, 11 choirs, a dance group, a concert band and a number of soloists to create Across the World an anthem for London 2012. Across the World incorporates Be The Best That You Can Be, a children’s anthem to inspire a new generation.
 
Across the World tells the story of a Chester giant who, like an Olympic athlete in pursuit of gold, travels the world to find her dream.  With music composed by Matt Baker and lyrics by Helen Newall, it was commissioned and led by the women’s choir, A Handbag of Harmonies. 
 
Across the World was first created as Chester’s contribution to Music Nation - a spectacular weekend in March 2012 of music around the UK, organised by the BBC and LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) to set the scene for the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. It was performed by over 700 people (and Giants!) to an audience of 5,000. The Across the World anthem and Be The Best That You Can Be were reprised as part of Chester’s spectacular welcome to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 17 May 2012, and also for the Olympic Torch on 29 May 2012 when it was performed in front of 25,000 people at Chester Racecourse.
 
This film tells the story of the rehearsal period.
 
Participating groups in the Music Nation and/or Olympic Torch performances were:

Choirs
A Handbag of Harmonies
A Handbag for a Day Choir
Cantata
Chester City Male Voice Choir
Decibellas
Fireflies
Frodsham and District Choral Society
Highfield Male Voice Choir
Tattenhall Community Choir
The Chester Ladies’ Choir
The Spinney Choir
 
Schools
Blacon High School
Chester Blue Coat CE Primary School
Dee Point Primary School
Dodleston CE Primary School
Helsby Hillside Primary School
Highfield Community Primary School
J H Godwin Primary School
Oaklands School
Sandiway Primary School
St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School
The Arches Community Primary School
The Bishops’ Blue Coat CE High School
 
Dancers
Homegrown Dance Theatre
 
Soloists
Sarra Cooper
Robert Clack
 
Musicians
Chester Schools’ Concert Band
 
Pianist
Ruth Alexander Rubin

The film was produced by The Harlequin Project, University of Chester and Dee Digital
Additional material supplied by Matt Dimbylow

 

To view the film, click on the link below.

 http://www.vimeo.com/deedigital/chestertorchrelay

 

 

 

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