On Saturday 10th May 2014, SMVC performed at St Michael’s Church, Highworth for Highworth and District Lions Club who were raising money for supply of defibrillator equipment. Those with keen eyesight will see a pirate in the back row, a new recruit ready to sail the high seas in the ‘Song of the Jolly Roger’.
Later in the concert three important long service awards were presented. In no particular order:
- Ex. SMVC Chairman, Brian Routledge is presented with his 15 years long service award by the current chairman, Chris Done. An appreciation of Brian’s contribution to the choir over the years is shown by the choristers.
- John Griggs who has been with the choir for 30 years and sings the solo baritone part of the ’ Whale of a Tale’ song in his sleep, he’s sung it so often! He is also the choir’s stage manager and loves taking charge.
- Gareth Jenkins, another incredible 30 years service. Another loyal member of the choir who has organised dozens of choir trips over the years and has more connections in high places than Royalty! Gareth has singing in his blood! – if he was a stick of rock and you broke him in half you would probably read ‘Wales’.
- To complete the musical evening Stephanie Walsh was our guest soloist (picture on the left) accompanied by Jessie Thompson, and the choir’s accompanist Kate Locke. Floral presentations were made to the ladies by Graham Stephens of the Highworth and District Lions Club.
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