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The end of the choir's year, the end of June 2017 saw the retirement from the choir of its longest serving singing member NEVILLE HUDSON. He has been an invaluable member of the bass section for an incredible 55 years, but now, at the age of 86 has decided to hand back his music and his choir uniform and instead of being on the platform at concerts will be content to be a member of the audience. We shall all miss Neville as I'm sure he will miss the cameraderie of the concert platform and rehearsal room, but he will keep in touch with the choir and attend concerts and social functions. We wish him well for the future.
To mark his achievement, Neville was presented with a special long service certificate by Choir Chairman Tony Young at the choir's recent Annual Dinner..
At the annual dinner, Allan Walker, Choir Secretary, was presented with the Geoffrey Sutton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the choir member who, over the past 12 months, has made the greatest contribution to the lie of the choir. The photograph depicts Allan being presented witht he trophy by the choir's new Music Director, Julie Townson.
At the Annual Dinner long service certificates were awarded to
Peter belton 30years
Roy Webb 30 years
Stuart Douglas 30 years
John Shaw 52 years
The Choir held its annual dinner at Nelson Golf Club on Friday 22nd September 2017 and this was the final event in the farewell to retiring Music Director Frank Smith. After a fulsome appreciation of Frank's qualities which saw a 60 year association with the choir, Choir Chairman Tony Young presented him with a cheque as a farewell gift on behalf of choir members, patrons and friends. Frank then gave a wide ranging speech, concentrating not on the musical side of Male Voice Choir life, but on the other matters which make any organisation successful and particularly the friendship and cameraderie withot which the music, however good, would not be as fulfilling. Frank thanked all who had made his tenure as conductor such a joy and urged members to support his successor, Julie Townson so that contiuity and quality can be maintained.
The Arion's first concert under the baton of their new Musical Director JULIE TOWNSON will take place at 2.30pm on SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER at ST THOMAS' CHURCH, BARROWFORD with guest artist the classical guitarist JON GJYLACI.
Tickets, reasonably priced at £7.50 (under 16s FREE) which includes light refreshments at the interval, are available from Allan Walker (07944822102), from any choir member, or on the door.
The choir's Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 4th September at Higherford Methodist Church.
The Choir Chairman, Mr Tony Young presented his report, gave a review of the choir's activities over the past year (01.07 2016 to 30.06.2017) and thanked everyone who helped in the smooth running of the choir.The choir numbers are stable at present, but as we all know, there has been a steady decline in numbers over the years as the passage of time takes its toll. The most significat event over the last year was the retirement of the choir's long serving Musical Director, Frank Smith who guided the choir to many outstanding successes over the past 50 years. It can be said that this is the end of an era, but the Arion have finally embraced the doctrine equal opportunities and appointed a lady Musical Director in Julie Townson.
In a message to the choir, Mr Smith thanked everyone for the wonderful memories over the years, and particularly over the past six months when the choir performed a series of concerts with other local choirs, culminating with a final concert on 24th June which proved to be a very fulfilling experience. Mr Smith thanked the Chairman, officials, accompanists for their support , particularly John Taylor and urged the choir to be reliable and give their utmost support to Julie. Finally, heartfelt thanks to the choir for all the memories of years gone by and the very best of fortune for the future.
Julie Townson thanked everyone in the choir for their welcome as the new Musical Director and said that she regarded it as a privilege to be associated with the Arion. This is a new challenge with lots of hard work to be done in changing to some new and unfamiliar repertoire, but thanked the choir for their commitment so far. Perhaps a re-think of the way the Arion go out into the community may be needed with the aim of raising the profile of the choir.
The officers of the choir for the coming year are
Chairman Tony Young
Treasurer Ian Hargreaves
Secretary Allan Walker
Conductor Julie Townson
Accompanist and Deputy Conductor John Taylor
Deputy Accompanist Chris Dennis
Librarian Tony Hughes
Committee members Steve Clayton, Chris Dennis, Peter Roberts (ther is a vacancy for a first tenor committee member)
Record Keeper, Website and Clarion Editor Ken Hollas
Auditor John Wilkinson
The Arion resumes rehearsals on MONDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm at Higherford Methodist Church. Rehearsal will be preceded by the choir's ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING .Will all choir members please make every effort to attend this important and essential annual event.
The choir are holding their ANNUAL DINNER on FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2017 at NELSON GOLF CLUB.
All our Patrons, supporters and friends are cordially invited and furrther details can be obtained by contacting Choir Secretary ALLAN WALKER by phone 01282 427628 Mobile 07944822102 or email email@example.com
A DVD or CD of Frank's Farewell Concert are available at a cost of £5.00 plus Postage & Packing (1 DVD/CD £0.98: 2 DVD/CD £1.30).
Please order from Allan Walker Tel 01282 427628 Mob 07944822102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org