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2017/18 Season

 At the end of October the choir had to bid a sad 'au revoir' to Bob Jones, our conductor for 37 year, who has retired. At the same time we lost our accompanist of 19 year, Sarah Gale, due to other commitments. See also 'Our Retiring Musical Team' section. 

However the Choir will continue its activities and have been very fortunate to have so quickly obtained the services of two new people,  Mr Howard Topper as Conductor and Mrs Mary Ballard as Accompanist.

Refer to 'CMVC Musical Team' for more information about Howard and Mary.

Our Annual Cracker Concert took place on Thursday 21st December at 7.30,  in the Neeld Hall, Chippenham.
The line-up for this Christmas Extravaganza included the 'BJ Big Band', based in Christian Malford, who made their first appearance at the Cracker Concert. Their 'Big Band' style of music was much enjoyed and they played several well known pieces including 'I left my Heart in San Francisco', 'The Continental', and 'Autumn Leaves'. The ever-popular Peter Field entertained us with a selection of monologues, and a fine time was had by all.   

2016/17 Season

It's a full year since we moved to our new reheasal venue, St Peter's Church, Frogwell, Chippenham. Time goes quickly when you're having fun! Everyone at St Peter's has made us most welcome, and we would like to thank them most sincerely for making the transition so simple.
Annual Cracker Concert
For a variety of reasons our annual concert moved from the Neeld Hall to St Andrew's Church. Dispite some misgivings this proved very successful. We also changed the format; entertainment was provided by the choir, the '4+1 jazz band', piano duets from Sylvia Staples and our accompanist Sarah Gale, and the wonderful Peter Fields, who fought off a recent spate of ill-health to entertain us with his monalogues. From the choirs perspective, one advantage of the new venue was that we were able to enjoy the other performers without having to watch them over our shoulders on the stage! The audience made a great contribution with the communal carols and Christmas songs.
An Excellent Evening

Spring 2017
CMVC have given several performances in the first four month of 2017, including at the Assembly Rooms, Devizes, Steeple Ashton Church and contributing to the excellent annual 'Calne Spring Sing'.
We also enjoyed a social event for members and partners held at the Leigh Park Hotel, Bradford upon Avon, We had a very good lunch, and were entertained by our old friends, the 'Four plus One' jazz group. Needless to say, we managed a few songs ourselves! 
CMVC Social Event, Leigh Park Hotel

2015/16 Season
New Rehearsal venue
It was with great sadness the choir learned that the United Reform Church, St Mary's Street, was no longer able to continue. The Choir has been rehearsing there for nearly 40 years so it was with much regret that we packed up our store of sheet music, teacups, etc to move to our new rehearsal venue.
We would like to extend our sincere and grateful thanks to the Elders and Congregation of the United Reform Church, St Mary's Street, and to wish them well for the future.
From 11th January 2016, the choir will be rehearsing at St Peter's Church, at the junction of Lord's Mead and Frogwell, Chippenham. For further details see the 'Rehearsal Details' page.
Last Rehearsal at St Mary's Street United Reform Church.

Annual Cracker Concert

The Choir held its annual 'Christmas Cracker' concert in the refurbished Neeld Hall, using the traditional seating format as opposed to using the new tiered seating. The choir were supported by the Bath Spa Band, the '4+1' jazz band (on this occasion further supplemented to be the '4+2') and, as ever, Peter Field and his monologues. Mention should be made of the important contribution made by the audience as they joined in the communal carols and songs.  

The Neeld Hall was full to capacity and a fine time was had by all.

St Andrew's Church, Devizes

The choir were invited to perform at St Andrew's Church Devizes for their Christmas concert. The church was beautifully decorated by the congregation on the theme of 'Angels'. The photo below gives some idea of the effort involved, and the effectiveness of the result. The choir and audience enjoyed the performance, although it must be said that the choir didn't look particularly angelic! 

Photo: the Rev Gary Gotham

2014/15 Season

The Choir celebrated its 75th Anniversary this summer with a concert on Saturday 25th June at 7.30 at St Andrew's Church, Chippenham.

They were supported by the Bath Spa Band and by renowned vocalist Jane Francis , as well as the ever-popular Peter Field with his monologues. 
The concert was very well attended. St Andrew's Church was almost full and the acoustics in that fine old church complemented the performance.
All in all, a great success. 

The Choir and partners enjoyed an Anniversary Dinner at Chippenham Golf Club on 17th January. A fine time was had by all, and the singing was improved (?) by the liquid refreshment that lubricated the vocal chords!
On 18th April we will took part part in the Calne 'Spring Sing'; local choirs and singing groups performing in various locations round the town , culminating in a combined 'Sing' on the Green or in the Market Place. This included 'The Frog Song' (remember that?).

Pete Field's CD

Over some twenty five years, Peter has provided hours of wonderful entertainment, giving delight to countless audiences at Chippenham Male Voice Choir Concerts and for other social occasions.

 His distinctive delivery, anecdotes .wit and enviable timing. , enjoyed by all, are evident in this recording, made in December 2009, at The Cause, Chippenham, by Fred Guscott. It was arranged by the Choir as a tribute and very sincere thanks to him. It also provided a welcome opportunity to celebrate his becoming an octogenarian.

Copies of the double CD are available by contacting any choir member, or by email to 'cmvc.contact@gmail.com.'
The cost has recently been reduced from  £10 for the double CD, to £5, so you are advised to take advantage of this reduced price while stocks remain.

Disc 1

Start with chat and then Brown Boots

What Would I Do Without My Music

These you have loved

Lion and Albert

Battle of Hastings


Look after my teeth

All You Were and All you Are


Must a person suffer fools

Cockney rhyming slang

All part of the Service

 'Ole in the ark

A Merry Little Christmas

Christmas Stories

Christmas tree

Sam's Xmas Pudding Night Watchman's Story

Bert's Solo with Sarah Gale accompanying

 Choir Characters

Brin's Donkey  (cont…)


Disc 2

 Choir Characters (cont…)

Dave's Wheelie Bin  / Sam's Musket (Pete Hunt)

Bungy Jumping (Bob)

  Bill Collens, ‘Dead Dog Scrumpy’

  Stranger On The Shore  with Bob and Sarah

 My Specials

Ask my husband

Kill my husband

Murphy & the Bricks

Losing his marbles (Bob's favourite)

Sweet Georgia Brown

Worn Out

The Barge

 Clive the Birdman



Bunch of flowers


(Items in italics performed by choir and other soloists)