On Saturday 22 October Hart Male Voice Choir presented a rousing concert in Hartley Wintney with special guests the RAF Odiham Military Wives Choir to raise funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Both choirs have sung together at previous Phyllis Tuckwell charity events and enjoyed the experience. The combination of male and female voices has proved to be popular with local audiences who have given tremendous support to all the joint concerts. St John’s Church was packed to capacity on Saturday with an enthusiastic audience who were delighted with a selection of songs that created mixed emotions of humour, drama and pathos with excellent performances from both choirs and soloists.
Musical Director Margaret Brackenborough and accompanist Judith Morgan were able to lead the choir through an exciting and entertaining programme of songs with spine–tingling moments as the soaring male voices shook the rafters of this fine old church. Songs that were especially moving from Hart MVC were the Welsh hymn ‘ Cwm Rhondda’ to commemorate the recent anniversary of the Aberfan Mining disaster, and from the Military Wives a song entitled ‘ Somme Dream ‘ written by chorister Sharon Wigley and arranged by MWT Music Director Brooke Morgan.
The Fleet Support Group for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice is hugely grateful to all those who came to the event and those who helped organise it. The evening raised a magnificent amount of around £2800 for the Hospice