The Valentine’s Concert given by the Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir on Friday 9th February raised a magnificent total of £655.
We had a full church on the night and were marvellously entertained by the Male Voice Choir, who included some special Valentine’s numbers, including solos and duets. One of my favourites was “Perhaps Love?” by John Denver. The compere Kevin Griffiths kept us laughing in-between the singing and, in keeping with Valentine’s Day, the Choir gave a rose to each lady and a chocolate to each gent. Somehow, just after his solo, Tom Fleming from Scotland ended up wearing a large daffodil on his head, very generously donated by Mr Griffiths… something to do with a Rugby match… we’re saying nothing (but it did look very fetching)!
We have had some wonderful feed-back from members of the audience, in particular from one lady and her 90-year old mother who thanked us all for making their evening special. Rev Peter and I thank the choir for their gift of banners, accepted on behalf of the Scouts and St Matthew’s, which will be treasured. We cannot thank the choir enough for their support and generosity in giving their time.
Based in Derby, the Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir (now Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir) has been singing and helping raise money for charity since 1956. Their chosen charity for the season was the Derbyshire Blood Bikes, a very worthy cause and one close to our own hearts in Darley Abbey. To find out more about the Choir and their fund-raising, see their web-site http://www.dcmvchoir.com/ or visit Facebook.
Many thanks go to the Rev Peter Barham, who let us host the concert at St Matthew’s Church and for all the support he, David Brierley and Clive Lemmon gave us along the way.
We are grateful too to Darley Abbey Wines who generously donated a half-case of red wine for sale on the evening. (For those who are interested this was a Mimic old vine Shiraz). Darley Abbey Wines has been selling wine on the internet for some time but recently opened a Wine Bar “1750” in the Mill complex. It is currently open on Thurs-Fri nights and we have heard good reports of it. http://www.darleyabbeywines.co.uk/about-darley-abbey-wines.php
Well-deserved thanks go to everyone who put up posters and delivered leaflets throughout the village and beyond, donated raffle prizes and baked and helped to run the event on the night. As always, we could not have achieved this without them.