Bure Valley Male Voice Choir ends 40th anniversary year on high note with concert at Aylsham

The Bure Valley Male Voice Choir celebrated its 40th anniversary with a successful concert at Aylsham church, but is now moving on with a search for an accompanist and more singers.

More than 170 people enjoyed the concert which included a wide range of songs from both the choir and guest soloist Jayne May-Sysum, who entertained with a wonderful voice and her engaging personality, especially seeming to enjoy a rapport with the 'boys' of the choir during the joint rendition of Lida Rose.

There was a delightful atmosphere at the concert, particularly when welcoming back past members of the choir, including founder Chris Pike, but some sadness as well as members who have passed on were remembered.

The concert also marked the last appearance of accompanist, deputy conductor and chairman, Barbara Downes after 30 years of unbroken commitment to the choir. She will be sorely missed and members are hoping that, as they have made her honorary life president, they will continue to see her in the years to come.

Meanwhile, the music goes on and the choir is left with two problems to solve. Who will replace Barbara as accompanist? The choir is anxious to find a new pianist for the start of our season in September.

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And, are there singers out there who would like a chance to sing with them? There is a particular need for bass and tenor voices.

If anyone fits either of these categories and would like to talk about joining us in the future, they are invited to get in touch.

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Singers do not need to read music and singers of all levels of ability are welcome. Contact secretary Mike Downes on 01263 733325 or email at mj.bj.downes@live.com.

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