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CORONAVIRUS

1 Because the health and safety of our members is paramount, there will be no rehearsals on 23rd and 30th April. Thereafter the situation will be monitored and any further cancellations will be notified to members either by email or telephone.

2. The NAC Centenary Concert which was to have been held in Blackburn on Saturday 28th March has been postponed. It is hoped that it may take place in the Autumn, provided that the current crisis is over.

CHOIR DIARY 2020

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The choir's 2020 diary is published above. Any additions or alterations will be notified both on this website and the choir Facebook page.

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR REHEARSALS 2019/2020

The choir completed its concert programme for 2019 by giving a well-received concert at the Dialysis Unit of Burnley General Hospital on Monday 16th December.

There will be no rehearsals on Monday 23rd December and Monday 30th December and rehearsals will resume on Monday 6th January 2020 at 7.30pm

A very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful, Healthy and Prosperous New Year from the Chairman, Committee and Members of Nelson Arion MVC to all our patrons, friends and supporters.

ARION AT THE ACE CENTRE

The choir spent their lunchtime on Saturday 14th December singing to the patrons of the Pendle Christmas Fair, held at the Ace Centre, Nelson. Although the choir were singing in the Ace Centre foyer, with all the problems of cold and draughts, it proved to be a particularly favourable acoustic for a male voice choir, and sounded particularly good, at least we thought so. We hope the listeners were of the same opinion.

In any event it proved to be a very good work out for the Christmas Cracker to be held the following day

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CHRISTMAS CRACKER

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The annual CHRISTMAS CRACKER took place on SUNDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2019  at Colne Muni and a large and enthusiastic audience witnessed a splendid Christmas concert featuring, as well as the Arion Choir, the 2nd Rossendale Scout Band under the inspired direction of Graham Helm and the Pendle Youth and Childrens Choirs under David Wilkinson and Julie Townson. As well as Chrismas favourites and communal carols, the band and choirs gave us some less familiar items which were very well received.

The audience went away satisfied having been well entertained with this well thought out and varied programme.

DEATH OF TONY WILSON

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We are sad to report the death on 31st October of popular and long-serving choir member TONY WILSON. Tony was a prominent member of the second tenor section for 35 years and despite struggling with a severe neurological condition, only stopped coming to rehearsals earlier this year.

Tony's funeral took place on Thursday 14th November at Christ the King R C Church, Burnley and the choir were privileged to sing 'Morte Christe' and 'Calm is the Sea', conducted , on this occasion by Frank Smith. The choir was augmented by many former members, an indication of the esteem in which Tony was held.

Our deepest condolences to Dorothy and Tony's family, of which he was so proud.

CONCERT AT DOWNHAM CHURCH ON 16TH JUNE

The Arion's next concert is to be held at DOWNHAM CHURCH on SUNDAY 16TH JUNE at 2PM. 

The Choir's guest is SAMANTHA OXBOROUGH (Mezzo-Soprano) from Sabden who is an up-and -coming star in the world of opera.

This concert will be a feast of top quality music - don't miss it.

MUSIC IN MAY SATURDAY 11TH MAY 2019

The Arion's annual MUSIC IN MAY will take place on SATURDAY 11TH MAY at 2.30PM at ST THOMAS'S CHURCH BARROWFORD.

Our gueste are PENDLE CHILDREN'S CHOIR

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Admission is £7.50 (children free), including light refreshments and payment can be made on the door

DEATH OF CHOIR STALWART JACK DAVIES

The choir today sang at the funeral of loyal and long-serving member JACK DAVIES who died on 29th April aged 96 years. Jack was a dedicated member of the second tenor section for 45 years and only gave up singing with the choir 4 years ago because of failing health. Over Jack's long career with the choir, besides being a singing member, he played his full part in the choir's organisation, both as a committee member and registrar, in fact it was said at his funeral that he regarded the choir as his second family. Jack was, it was said today, both a nice man and also utterly reliable and we offer his family our sincere condolences in the certain knowledge that Jack is now singing in the heavenly choir.