It is almost a year since Elizabeth Hampshire, our Music Director, conducted her last concert before having a major operation.
During the year, with Elizabeth away, the Choir has not been idling its time away. Thanks to the help of Vivien Pike (an old friend of the Choir), for which we are grateful, Fran Wells has been taking our rehearsals, and indeed took us through most of our Concerts to date.
The Choir has been most fortunate and is very grateful for Fran’s guidance, tuition and work; in helping us progress with our music. He has brought a wealth of experience, following a long term, before his retirement, as Music Director of Bolsterstone MVC. Fran has kindly agreed to join the Choir’s professional team as Deputy Conductor and, together with Elizabeth, will be on the rostrum throughout our Sicily concert tour, Gala and Christmas Concerts.

 

 

Abbeydale Rotary Club Concert supporting Polio Plus project to eliminate Polio, The concert raised with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation over £5,000

 

 

 

 

Bob Clark our longest serving member (50 years) receiving a tankard from Chairman Ian Powell

After several bottles of wine and lunch at the  Lungarotti vineyard in Torgiano

 

Dore Male Voice Choir has just completed a very successful 3 concert tour of Italy that commenced with a performance at the 5 o’clock mass in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican followed by concerts in Perugia, Bevagna and Todi.

In St Peter’s they received several rounds of applause, were thanked by the priest, and invited to stand in front of the Altar for the congregation to take photographs. They were told that visiting choirs rarely received this accolade

The first concert was in Perugia. The oldest part, facing the square, is Sala dei Notari (The Lawyer’s Hall) dating from 1273; which has all its walls and ceiling lined with frescoes of the Bible and Aesop’s Fables.

The choir received a standing ovation and gifts from the Perugia Council

Then on to Bevagna in the Vale of Spoleto a little Roman town dating from the 7th century BC, the twelfth century development gives the town centre the medieval appearance of today. Teatro F. Torti, where the Choir performed is full of miniscule boxes and balconies rising four storeys above the stalls, all in crimson and gold with painted putties on the ceiling. The Choir received rapturous applause from the Italian audience.

And finally onto Todi a quintessential Italian hilltop town and regarded as one of the most historically preserved towns in Umbria. The Duomo began life in the 12th century and was built over a Roman temple, a fitting place for the Choir to complete the tour. All the local dignitaries turned up and after several encores they presented the Choir with gifts and memorabilia and so a fitting end to a wonderful tour.