The Choir will perform at three separate events leading up to the tour of Hull and Beverley in the first weekend of June.
Known by many local folk as “the Newark Show”, The Nottinghamshire County Show will be held, as usual, on The Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, NG24 2NY on the weekend of the 13th and 14th May 2017. The first of our series of three appearances will be on the Saturday of this event.
Newark Show, of course, is a well-established part of the agricultural calendar of traditional county shows and offers a very enjoyable day and educational day out for the whole family. The show is also very important for the agricultural industry itself and provides, for the general public, an insight into such a key sector of our economy and helping to remind us where our food comes from!
Mansfield & district male voice Choir are honoured to offer our contribution to this high profile event. The “Music Marquee” on the Showground will be alive with music on both the Saturday and the Sunday of the weekend.
Other performers on the Saturday will be: the Nottinghamshire Police Band (familiar to our audiences from their success at the Albert Hall, Nottingham last year), the Choir of the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene (Newark), Worksop College ‘Berts’ Big Band and the Hope Community Gospel Choir.
The show itself will start at 10.00am – we have two slots 12.30-13.00 and 14.00-14.30
We got the gig by referral from our good friends Carlton Male Voice Choir , more specifically their Chairman Rick Morrish. Gabrielle Burgin Lister, the music venue co coordinator for the Show, is an international music adjudicator. She and Meryl Chambers, our Musical Director worked together at Brunt’s School, Mansfield in the music department. Gabrielle attended the Sister Cities concert we gave last year and was delighted with our performance and felt very comfortable in having us sing at this event.
Choir Marshall and compere for us on the day will be Paul Bennett.
The next event will be the Concert with Amersfoort MVC 19th May at QEA, Mansfield. This is another big event for us. Amersfoort will be embarking on a week-long visit to the UK at which they sing with us on the 19th, Carlton MVC on the 20th and St Edmundsbury MVC on the 21st May.
Our friends from Holland will be enjoying a day out in Derbyshire on the Saturday; at Masson Mill and Chatsworth House immediately prior to singing with us. They will also be singing in front of the Council House, Old Market Square at some point and will be introduced to the Lord Mayor of Nottingham. Honoured guests indeed!
Again the referral came from Carlton as the Dutch choir were looking for a good choir as a second concert on their tour. They are singing a themed set which is multilingual and features songs from around Europe.
Mansfield & District MVC will be asking Amersfoort for a return visit in 2019 to help celebrate our 75th anniversary.
Compere will be Mario Curtis and marshal Paul Bennett. This is a charity event in support of Notts. Women’s Aid and representatives from the Charity will be providing catering along with our Supporters’ Group
The National Association of Choirs ( East Midland Regional) annual event will be hosted by Mansfield at the United Reformed Church, Sutton-in-Ashfield on Saturday 20th May. The church building at Sutton is a unique venue with wonderful curved pews. Significant financial investment has been made recently in refurnishing the church building and has great acoustics.
We performed at the 2015 concert hosted by Bestwood MVC and Bulwell Academy and hosted the event it 2010 at Mansfield Baptist Church on Chesterfield Road. We had a full house on that evening and are hoping for the same success this time!
For this show there will be five choirs, each doing six songs; Pye Hill & District MVC, Sonara (Ladies choir) The GentleMen (3 songs each side of the interval), Erewash Phoenix Coir (ladies), and ourselves
One joint piece I’m Goin’ Up a Yonder which all choirs have been rehearsing. Meryl will conduct this joint piece.
Support is appreciated from Sutton Community Academy for catering and changing room space. Compere Mario Curtis and marshal Paul Bennett.
This event is a fantastic opportunity for other choirs to come together, making and sharing music and reaching out to our audiences across the Region and we are hoping that many from non-participating choirs will be able to join us.