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We have a further report and loss of another friend from Donaghadee Male Voice Choir.

Sam Campbell was a stalwart member for many years, serving in the ranks of the second basses.

Sadly, Sam had an extremely rough time with Covid 19 and never recovered fully. This did not deter Sam from attending some events when he could, traveling from Ballyclare as he did for many years for practice.

Farewell to another good friend.

Details of funeral – 12:00 on Saturday 25th May 2024 at Ballynure Presbyterian Church.

It is sad to report another loss from the Donaghadee Male Voice Choir family as Clyde Bell passed away on the morning of 21st May 2024.

 

Clyde was another long standing member of the choir, serving as Chairman in 2003 and who refused to give up, even when he couldn’t take part on stage with his friends. Clyde attended the practices until only a few weeks ago.

Another gentleman being missed by all who knew him.

 

The funeral will be on Thursday 6th June 2024 (Further details to follow).

We say farewell to another friend and past member of Donaghadee Male Voice Choir, Alec Ireland, who fought health problems for the past few years.

Alec was a long time member of the choir, serving as Chairman in 1988 and never missed the renowned choir trips abroad and at home. Another one of those gentlemen who welcomed new members into the fold and helped with that memorable smile.

He continued to support the choir in the latter years as he attended most performances and chatted with his friends afterwards.

 

The choir will be attending the service at 12:00 on Wednesday 29th May 2024 at Ballycrochan Presb. Church.

It is with a heavy heart we say farewell to a great friend of Donaghadee Male Voice Choir. Crawford Bell MBE was a true gentleman, well known and respected in the world of music for his professionalism for many years, but most of all as the quiet gentleman.

Crawford shared the stage many times with the choir locally and toured with us to Canada in the 1998 and 2000.

Rest in peace dear friend. You will be missed by all.

The funeral arrangements –

Monday 8 April 2024 at 2.00pm in Carryduff Presbyterian Church, Church Road, Carryduff.

A memory to savour.

 
  

REFLECTIONS BY A MEMBER

For over 90 years, the Donaghadee Male Voice Choir has been singing for their own pleasure and in concerts, church services and tours over Europe and North America. The choir has performed in places as distant from each other as Sofia and Coleraine, Georgia (USA), Warsaw and many others in between. Consisting of around 50 regular members, choir ages range from early 20ys to, shall we say, much, much older but all are united in the love of song and harmony. One member was recently asked to describe his experiences and what the choir meant for him. This is what he said:

“I joined the choir twelve or thirteen years ago and since then it has become a very important part of my life. I remember that I was very apprehensive when I attended my first practice. Never having sung in a choir before, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought there would be some kind of audition and I was dreading this, but the conductor just asked me to sing a few notes and assigned me to my section, the second basses. The other members could not have been more helpful, and I soon started to learn, especially the newer pieces, which the choir did not yet know well, so I was learning these with them. I found that fewer than half of the members could read music and learned by ear. Since each part was painstakingly gone over, this was not too difficult. It took about three months before I was ready to join the choir as a full member and be issued with the famous green jacket.

Soon I was performing with the choir, travelling to various venues and not too long afterwards we went on tour to a music festival in Krakow. That is when I got to know everyone. It was held in iconic locations with splendid acoustics. Singing a quiet piece in a cathedral with the music floating ethereally around the vaulted ceiling and dome was just wonderful. Almost equally enjoyable was singing some of our more rousing show tunes in a concert hall and getting standing ovations. The craic at night in the various restaurants was also memorable.

If anyone ever asks me whether they should think about joining, I always tell them to go along and try it. You have nothing to lose, and it could be the best decision you ever made.”

The choir occasionally have  open evenings for prospective members. These are just normal practices but tailored to suit people coming along to see what it is like. One doesn’t have to wait for these, and anyone is welcome at 7.45pm in the Robert Wilson Hall, opposite Shore Street Presbyterian Church, Donaghadee.

For more information, call the secretary Michael Pritchard on 0791712044 or email@donaghadeechoir.co.uk or visit the website www.donaghadeechoir.co.uk

Congratulations to Jim Hamilton being presented, by the choir President, Lady Sylvia Hermon,  with his Life Member plaque after twenty five years of loyal service, including his post as Chairman.

 

One of Jim’s trends is producing very interesting historical facts from the locations where the choir is singing. If you choose to go walking with him, keep your ears open.

 

Thank you for your years of singing and we wish you many more.

President, Lady Sylvia Hermon and our Chairman, Ed Wheeler with the Bolsterstone Cup, awarded for winning the Male Voice Choir section in this 2023 Bangor International Choral Festival.

 

Friday 28th April in St Comgall’s Parish Centre, Brunswick Rd, Bangor.

What an amazing Festival Concert evening. Thank you to Affinity Show Choir from Stockport, Synergy Howlers from Abergavenny,
Donaghadee Male Voice Choir, Bangor Ladies Choir. Also our fabulous soloists, Jenny Johnston and Rueben Curran.
 
Sat 29th April is competition day.
We are happy to report we secured First place in the Male Voice Choir section, and the Bolsterstone Cup for 2023. A very enjoyable Festival and we extend our thanks to all those who worked so hard to make this another memorable year.

Lady Sylvia Hermon, President of Donaghadee Male Voice Choir presents a cheque for £1,500 to Margaret Bailie, Chairperson of  ‘Storehouse’ in Bangor, Co. Down, assisting with their exceptional work helping those in need as they provide emergency food hampers.

Welcome to Storehouse North Down

A few photographs from our 90yr celebration concert in Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church on Friday 31st March 2023.

Many thanks to all who took part and the fabulous audience.

Our President, Lady Sylvia Hermon, presents James Kennedy, Donaghadee Rotary Club with a cheque to enable a further purchase of those excellent ‘Shelter Boxes’ for those in need after a disaster. With them are Mike Camlin Secretary Donaghadee Rotary Club, Ed Wheeler, DMVC Chairman and Emma Morgan Wilson, musical director.

Life Member awards for Jack Lenny (Left) and Desmond Hanna after twenty five years of loyal service and many choir trips.

Jack also served as our Hon. Secretary for several years.

DMVC would like to express their congratulations to our great friend and supporter Crawford Bell on the award of the MBE. A lovely talented gentleman who has performed with us over the years at home and abroad.

Donaghadee Male Voice Choir hand a £250 donation to Alan Crouser and Shirley Cochrane representing the Donaghadee Heritage Preservation Company who are managing the restoration of this exceptional craft, keeping alive the memories of the crews and the boat over many years saving lives at sea.

It’s most memorable rescue work was noted at the sinking of the Princess Victoria in January 1953.

An ‘Early Day Motion’ at Westminster. (Jim Shannon)

 

The members of Donaghadee Male Voice Choir have marked the 90th anniversary of the choir.

The choir (DMVC) was founded in 1932 and is one of the oldest continuously performing choirs in Ireland as well as being the oldest male voice choir in Northern Ireland. With over 50 members, it has a wide repertoire, including church music, show tunes, folk songs, classical pieces and popular songs.

To mark its 90th birthday, the choir held a gala dinner in Clandeboye Lodge Hotel for members, their partners and invited guests, including the Mayor of Ards and North Down, Karen Douglas, and leading figures from other choirs, both local and from England. Widows of deceased choir members were strongly represented, including Maureen Wilson, widow of Robert Wilson MBE, who led the choir for nearly 50 years from 1968 until 2015.

The choir’s president, Lady Sylvia Hermon, was present and proposed a toast to the choir The toast to the guests was proposed by the chairman, Ed Wheeler.

DMVC operates from its own practice hall opposite Shore Street Presbyterian Church in Donaghadee. Recent open evenings to attract interest from potential new members have been very successful. The choir is always keen to welcome recruits at any time.

For more information, contact the secretary Michael Pritchard, on 028 9181 0609, email mail@donaghadeechoir.co.uk,  visit the choir’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057147863169, or the website, www.donaghadeechoir.co.uk

On Thursday the 21st July 2022, the choir had the privilege to sing at our new Musical Director's wedding in The Portico, Portaferry. We were blessed with the weather as well as the location where acoustics lend themselves to such an occasion. Our best wishes follow Emma and Eoin on their journey with the world at their feet.




Ken Magill has enjoyed 50 years singing with Donaghadee Male Voice Choir, and we wish him many more years in the company of good friends.

The core of our new committee, 2022/2023





Stanley Robertson Award

AGM 6th June 2022. President, Lady Sylvia Hermon presenting the Stanley Robertson Award to Norman Willis for his work, as a non-committee member, on the choir website.

Our first Festival in more than two years and we are back in action with Emma Morgan at the wheel. Many thanks to the organisers of the Bangor Choral Festival.

 

 

Two ladies at the helm.

Our last practice in 2021 allowed a special meeting with DMVC President Lady Sylvia Hermon presenting Life Member awards and a welcome for our Musical Director, Emma Morgan.

 

Life Member awards for Billy Hyndman (Left) and Roy McBride after twenty five years of loyal service and many choir trips.

One of many trips to remember 

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.

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