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Choir Purchases a ShelterBox for Indonesia
As a result of the recent earthquake and tsunami which hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi inSeptember 1.5 million people have been affected and hundreds of thousands of survivors are in urgent need of food, water and shelter.
At Donaghadee Male Voice Choir practice last week choir Chairman Richard Montgomery presented Valerie Goodchild, President of Donaghadee Rotary with a cheque for the purchase a ShelterBox as part of the on-going Indonesian Tsunami Appeal.
ShelterBoxes are designed to provide temporary shelter and life-saving supplies to displaced families, and typically contains a tent designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, water purification kit, blankets, tools and other necessities to help a family
survive.

Richard Montgomery, Chairman of Donaghadee Male Voice Choir presents Valerie Goodchild, President of Donaghadee Rotary, with a cheque for the purchase of a shelterBox as part of the Indonesian Tsunami Appeal. Also in the photograph are Peter Goodchild and Mike Camlin, Secretary of Donaghadee Rotary.

Response from Rotary

Please pass on my sincere thanks to all the Choir for the generous donation for a ShelterBox. I have now sent our club cheque to ShelterBox Trust, explaining that this was in respect of a donation from Donaghadee Male Voice Choir in response to publicity for our own donation following the latest earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.

I have asked that your donation is acknowledged directly by ShelterBox, but in the meantime I thought that you and your members might be interested to learn that they can check on the work of ShelterBox live on Facebook.

 http://www.facebook.com/ShelterBox.

 A member of the Operations Team will brief on the disasters in Indonesia, the Philippines, the flooding crisis in Kenya and ongoing conflicts in the Lake Chad Basin and Syria.

The broadcasts are live at 2.30 pm on Tuesdays, and there is an opportunity to post comments. You can also catch up anytime on their FaceBook Page: www.facebook.com/ShelterBox.

Again, thanks from Rotary Club of Donaghadee and ShelterBox for your continuing support for the fantastic humanitarian aid it provides wherever, and whenever, it is needed.

Regards,

Valerie Goodchild

President, Rotary Club of Donaghadee

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Photo with permission of Bangor Spectator.

Ballyholme Primary School P5 and P7 choirs treating our musical director Ivan Black and our deputy conductor Norwood Steel to musical renditions after they had been presented with eight ukuleles for their music department.  The ukuleles were given in appreciation of their brilliant performance as guests of Donaghadee Male Voice Choir at our annual concert in Bangor Aurora on 13th April 2018.

DMVC on the BBC

BBC Radio Ulster’s Sing Out programme  on Sunday 13th May 2018 at 6.30 pm, repeated on Tuesday 15th May 2018 at 7.30 pm. There were interviews and some examples of the choir’s singing, including this specially recorded version of Mood Indigo. Check out Ivan’s great piano solo and accompaniment here:

Duke Ellington’s Mood Indigo, Recorded in the Choir Hall, Monday, 30th April, 2018

Choir trip to Croatia April 2018

The Choir had a great trip to Croatia for five days in April, staying at Apotija on the Croatian Riviera. Highlights included a concert in St. Jacob’s Church, Apotija, a gala concert with eight other choirs in the town and a descent into the incredible limestone caves complex at Postojna in Slovenia, where we sang with the other choirs in a huge cavern. Here are a few photos taken on the trip.

Annual Concert at Bangor Aurora

Our annual concert was held in Bangor Aurora on Friday 13th April 2018, with special guests, Donaghadee Community Choir, Ballyholme PS Choir and Gillian McCutcheon. It was expertly and wittily compered by George Jones. We had an outstanding attendance, with only just enough seats for the capacity crowd. There were outstanding performances by all our guests, with the children of Ballyholme Primary receiving a special welcome. The ladies of the Donaghadee Community Choir sang beautifully. This choir gets better and better. Gillian McCutcheon gave a brilliant virtuoso performance. It has to be said, modestly, that we ourselves were in rather good voice on the night.

Choir purchase a ShelterBox

President of Donaghadee Male Voice Choir Lady Sylvia Hermon presents a cheque to Valerie Goodchild, Vice President of Donaghadee Rotary Club, for the purchase of a ShelterBox. Also present are Robert McIlveen, Immediate Past-President of Donaghadee Rotary Club, Michael Pritchard Honorary Secretary and Richard Montgomery Vice-Chairman of the choir

Donaghadee Rotary Club achieved over £2000 this year for Shelterbox. In addition to the choir’s purchase of a shelter box, the main collection was at the Annual Carol Service in Donaghadee 1st Presbyterian Church and a generous donation from a married couple living in Donaghadee 

“The 2017-2018 season got underway with practices commencing on Monday 4 September in the Robert Wilson Hall.

We already had an engagement on our schedule for Thursday 12 October when we provided a musical backdrop to the presentation of awards at the Construction Employers’ Federation Confederation Awards Ceremony held in the Culloden Hotel and Spa. This was once again something completely different for the choir and was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by the huge and enthusiastic VIPs, attendees and representatives of the the construction industry from across Northern Ireland and beyond..

One week to the day on 19 October we set off for Warsaw for a concert tour. Details are covered in the events section of the website but suffice it to say that it was a most successful tour, with wonderful warm and appreciative audiences.

Please use this link for a local report of a special concert http://bazylika.salezjanie.pl/index.php?pokaz=galeria&gal=165 (You can use a ‘translate’ button on the site)

Sadly, we learned during our return journey from Warsaw that Raymond Gregg had passed away on 24 October. 

It is very hard to accept that Raymond was with the choir last October 2106 on its visit to Chatel-Guyon in the Auvergne, France.”

Stanley Robertson Memorial Trophy 2017
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Stanley Robertson Memorial Trophy 2016
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Life membership award
Twenty Five Years enjoying the delights of singing and travelling with Donaghadee Male Voice Choir, a member is honoured with

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Naming of the ‘Robert Wilson Hall’  February 2016

Saturday 27th February, with brilliant sunshine, saw the official naming of our choir hall as ‘The Robert Wilson Hall’ by Maureen Wilson and Lady Sylvia Hermon MP.  This marks the distinguished service by Robert Wilson MBE who gave so much over 47 years to Donaghadee Male Voice Choir and many more with his special music abilities taking the choir to many countries and great successes.

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