2018 – what a wonderful year!

2018 was a truly wonderful year for ECMVC, the choir being in great demand to appear at several events. There were many highlights ranging from private engagements through to large scale concerts.

The year began with a surprise appearance at a Loscoe wedding, where the choir entertained the guests for 30 minutes before the ceremony. The groom had no idea this was going to happen but ECMVC provided the ideal start to what became a great day.

ECMVC embarked on a weekend trip to the Colchester area as hosts of Braintree Male Voice Choir, who had visited Eastwood a couple of years before. Two excellent concerts were organised by the hosts and both had full and enthusiastic audiences.

Other highlights included a performance at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, for the Derby Baby Unit Fund Masked Ball, a concert for Little Eaton WI, an appearance at the Cromford Road Festival in Langley Mill and the prestigious concert organised by the National Association of Choirs at Nottingham’s Albert Hall.

But perhaps the most memorable events were the four performances during the early Autumn months: two at St Mary’s Church in Eastwood, both of which provided a packed church of local supporters with performances Eastwood could be justifiably proud of; a joint concert with the choir of Howitt Primary School in Loscoe; and a concert which saw the choir return to its roots in Brinsley, where the Parish Council had organised an event to commemorate the centenary of World War One.

The Christmas period saw ECMVC perform for the fourth year at the Rainbows Christmas Celebration Concert, in Repton, Derbyshire; a joint concert with Sonara Singers in South Normanton; and an informal hour of entertainment for the late-night shoppers in Derby’s Intu Centre. The Rainbows concert is always a magical event and ECMVC and Sonara helped them to raise over £1,800 for the charity. And when the two choirs joined to provide seasonal jollity in Derby’s Intu Centre, the bucket collection for Guide Dogs (Amber Valley) raised nearly £800. Two events – £2,600 raised for local charities!And so we look forward to a busy 2019, which will see the choir record a new CD, perform a number of local concerts including another appearance for Little Eaton WI, a joint concert with New Greasley Singers at St Mary’s and the first concert of the year at Nuthall Methodist Church on Saturday 23 February. Preparation for the choir’s forthcoming centenary begins in earnest immediately in the new year, as the main centenary concert will take place at Nottingham’s Albert Hall on Saturday 28 September. This is followed a week later by an exclusive concert in the Painted Hall at Chatsworth House.

2020 will see the bulk of the centenary celebration concerts and the choir invites anyone who would like them to take their centenary celebrations to their venue to get in touch as soon as possible as dates are already being discussed with a number of organisations. Contact the choir by calling 07802 758223, emailing secretary@ecmvc.org, or check details, dates and photographs on the choir website (www.ecmvc.org). And, guys, why not pop along to see how we work at one of our practice nights? You might like what you see and hear and may even want to join our 2018 recruits – it’s a great time to be part of ECMVC!

We have tried very hard to continue building a really happy ECMVC – a group of people, including a superb music team, who love singing, being together and performing to the very best of our abilities for our marvellous audiences. We’re very grateful to all our friends who come along to our concerts and other events and 2018 has been a success due to the efforts of a great many people. In the meantime, the choir would like to wish all its supporters, old and new, a truly harmonious New Year.