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Articles by Ken Hollas

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT AGM 23RD JULY 2018

Choir Chairman, Tony Young, presented his sixth annual report and remarked that even though choir membership is rather low, he still remains a non-singing Chairman.

The statistics for the past year, 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018 are as follows:-

The choir fulfilled 13 engagements during the year, 2 more than last year, but sadly 3 of the engagements were for funerals.

There were 2 social events during the year, an open day at the home of Frank Smith and the Annual Dinner held at Nelson Golf Club in September.

The Choir Committee met on 7 occasions during the year.

MEMBERSHIP

The choir currently have 30 members plus Julie and John, comprising 8 First Tenors, 9 Second Tenors, 5 Baritones and 8 Basses.

The choir rehearsed 38 times in the year. Average attendance was 77.25% (81.80% previous year)

Four long serving former members died last year: John Thornton, Ben Clarkson, Peter Ogden and Derek Burnett.

The Chairman thanked all who had contributed to the smooth running of the choir, choir officers and committee members and also thanked Higherford Methodist Church for providing rehearsal facilities.

The choir patrons were also thanked for their support, both financial and as part of our audience.

On the musical side, many thanks to Julie, our Musical Director who has now settled into her role and keeps the choir on their toes. Thanks also to John Taylor our Accompanist and Deputy Conductor and to Chris Dennis our Deputy accompanist. Lastly, thanks to all choir members for their contining commitment to the Choir.

GENERALCOMMENTS

'I mention most years that the membership situation isn't getting much better, and it's no different this year. There is, of coursr, no easy answer to this problem as most organisations (not just Male Voice Choirs)have major difficulties in recruiting new blood. Let us hope that we see some improvrment this year.

That now concludes my report and I hope that you will all enjoy your singing durin the coming year and continue to provide the wonderful music to which we have become accustomed.'

CONCERT ON 21ST JULY 2018 AT CHRIST CHURCH

The concert, held at Christ Church Nelson, before a small but discerning audience certainly lived up to expectations. Guest artist BEN JARVIS  gave a brilliant display of cornet/trumpet playing. Ben is soon to continue his musical journey by starting his course at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in September and those who have heard him recently have no doubt that he is a star of the future. The choir also performed admirably in the choir-friendly acoustic of Christ Church and the concert as a whole proved to be an uplifting experience.

CHOIR SUMMER BREAK

There will be no rehearsals on

 

 

30th July

6th August

13th August

20th August

27th August

 

 

 

Rehearsals will resume MONDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER

CONCERT ON 21ST JULY 2018

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The Arion's next concert on home territory takes place on Saturday 21st July 2018 at Christ Church, Cross Street, Nelson when , as their guest, the choir are proud to welcome BEN JARVIS, a supremely talented young trumpet player, recently runner up in the Pendle Young Musicians' Bursary competition. Tickets, modestly priced at seven pounds 50p are available from any choir member, by ringing Choir Secretary Allan Walker on 07944822102 or on the door.

CITHEROE 'CHOIRS FOR PEACE' FESTIVAL

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The Arion will be participating in the first Clitheroe 'Choirs for Peace ' Festival wich is taking place in various venues around Clitheroe on the weekend of 13th,14th and 15th July. The Arion's contribution takes place on Sunday 15th July at St Mary Magdelene's Churcc, Clitheroe at 2.30pm. Admission is by donation to the church (on the door).

CONCERT AT ST PETER'S CHURCH BURNLEY WITH PENDLE YOUTH & CHILDREN'S CHOIR AND C4 CHOEUR FROM FRANCE

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A thoroughly entertaining event at St Peter's Burnley involving 3 choirs, Pendle Youth and Children's Choir who were hosting the visiting C4 Choeur from France as well as the Arion. The C4 Choeur were in scintillating form with a wide variety of music ranging from traditional French songs to rousing items from Korea, South Africa and Brazil.

The whole event was enjoyed by a capacity audience which included the Mayor of Pendle and Pendle's MP Andrew Stephenson.

A MESSAGE FROM JULIE

I am writing to say how incredibly proud I was to be part of the Nelson Arion MVC on Wednesday at Derek Burnett's funeral. The choir lifted the service for Derek from what could have been a 'run of the mill' crematorium service to a beautiful tribute to a friend and colleague. I hope everyone enjoyed the rest of the afternoon with Derek's family and I am sorry I had to rush straight off. My Dad is actually due to come out of hospital at some point today. (It was good to see Juie's father Frank in the audience at the concert at St Peter's)

CHOIR DIARY JUNE TO DECEMBER 2018

SATURDAY 9TH JUNE AT 7.30PM                                  CONCERT AT ST PETER'S CHURCH BURNLEY WITH PENDLE YOUTH CHOIR

SUNDAY 15TH JULY AT 2.30PM                                     CLITHEROE PEACE FESTIVAL AT ST MARY'S CHURCH, CLITHEROE

SATURDAY 21ST JULY AT 7.30PM                                 CONCERT AT CHRIST CHURCH, CROSS STREET, NELSON

SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER AT 2.30PM                       CELEBRITY CONCERT AT ST THOMAS'S CHURCH, BARROWFORD

SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER AT 2.30PM                    CHRISTMAS CRACKER AT COLNE MUNI

 

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