Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir's fundraising concerts

PUBLISHED: 10:41 24 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:41 24 October 2014

WGC Male Voice Choir

WGC Male Voice Choir

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A male choir from Welwyn Garden City raised thousands for charity during a trip to the Netherlands.

WGC Male Voice Choir

* The choir has 35 members who meet every Thursday evening for rehearsals at the Ludwick Way Methodist Church at 7.30pm.

* They try to have at least one big trip each year, and 10 to 12 local performances.

* Already booked for next year – the choir’s 80th – are three concerts and the choir will also be performing at three weddings.

Twenty members of the Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir recently visited the country for a successful fundraising concert tour.

Together with conductor Les Rayner and accompanist Mary Anstey, they travelled with their wives and partners to The Hague.

They performed in two concerts, in Zoetermeer and Gouda, to help raise money for Villa Joep, a Dutch charity funding research into Neuroblastoma childhood cancer. Their efforts raised nearly 4,000 euros.

In Zoetermeer, they sang a varied programme of 19 songs which were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.

The following afternoon they sang a shorter set to entertain a packed house in the Concordia Centre, in Gouda, that had gathered for a fantastic English high tea.

Both performances got standing ovations.

Choir chairman Hugh Smith said “It was a great tour.

“We raised loads of money for charity, entertained a lot of people and we all really enjoyed it.”

The choir was formed in 1935 by Welsh miners who came to WGC to perform a variety of important jobs.

The singers can be seen in concert in the Garden City at the Hawthorne Theatre, at Campus West, on Saturday, November 1 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £9.

The choir would also welcome any new recruits. The only qualification for prospective choir members is that they must be male.

* For more information, visit www.wgcmalevoicechoir.org.uk

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