We’re ready for 2020!

Eastwood Collieries’ Male Voice Choir are gearing up for what promises to be a very busy 2020

ECMVC are ready to pick up from where they left off at the end of 2019 – two hugely successful concerts at Nottingham’s Albert Hall and in the Painted Hall of Chatsworth House provided a wonderful start to the choir’s centenary celebrations. They are now well into preparations for what looks to be a very busy 2020, with a variety of engagements planned through to the end of September and more being considered for the rest of the year.

Sales of the new album – Every Man Was Singing – are very pleasing

The concert at the Albert Hall in September also saw the release of ECMVC’s new 15-track album. Called Every Man Was Singing, the album is available on CD, which includes a 12-page booklet, and download formats from the major internet sites iTunes and Amazon. An online store for the CD package has also been launched and this can be accessed via the choir’s website – www.ecmvc.org.

The cover of the CD package is based on an original watercolour painted by former choir member, Mike Tomlinson and many of the illustrations on the cover and in the included booklet are based on photographs and imagery from the area. Brinsley Headstocks are a prominent feature of the package design.

If you live in the Eastwood area, it’s worth calling secretary, Ian, on 07802 758223 as the choir can usually arrange local delivery of the album, avoiding postage charges.

Eastwood schools concert

ECMVC are very keen to encourage people to consider joining choirs whatever their age. To this end, the choir has organised One Voice – a concert to be held at St Mary’s Church, Eastwood, on Friday 20 March at 7pm. As well as ECMVC, the concert will feature items from three local primary schools. Awsworth, Brookhill Leys and The Priory Primary Schools will each perform a number of their own songs during the evening and all three school choirs will join with ECMVC to perform a new song which forms a new element of the DARE programme. DARE has been used by many primary schools in the area and its innovative approach to educating young people about the dangers of the misuse of drugs and alcohol and knife crime has been very successful.

This is a very exciting concert, bringing singers together from several generations. There are a limited number of tickets available and these can be reserved by calling 07802 758223, or emailing secretary@ecmvc.org. (Please note the early start time of 7pm; and there will not be an interval.

Forthcoming trip to South Wales

Following months of planning, the choir will be travelling down to South Wales in May for two concerts hosted by two choirs in the Cardiff area. From their Cardiff hotel base, the choir will be the guests of Cardiff Male Choir on Saturday 23 May and Llantrisant Male Choir on Sunday 24 May. A good time is guaranteed for all!

Further concerts planned

The choir has more local concerts planned. Following the trip to Wales, ECMVC will be appearing at the Belper Fringe Festival on Saturday 30 May. (Tickets are now available online by following the link to the Festival website.)

On Saturday 27 June, ECMVC will be performing alongside Rock ‘n’ Soul Singers at St Michael & All Angels Church, Underwood. This will be the third time the choirs have performed in a joint concert and a very varied and exciting programme of music is planned.

Despite taking the choir’s centenary celebrations around the county and beyond, the town of Eastwood will be the focus for the most important concert in the list of engagements. On Saturday 25 July, Eastwood Collieries’ Male Voice Choir will be performing a full concert of their own items at St Mary’s Church in Eastwood. The centenary celebrations come home for what promises to be a great night of fun and emotion, featuring the choir’s new short film as well as a number of brand-new songs to their repertoire. It’s worth putting this date in your diary as events at St Mary’s have been sell-out events in recent years.