Letters and Messages to GMVC


Rev Kim Thomas leaving Gresley Male Voice Choir
 August 22nd 2016

As our president sets sail and heads across the pond she leaves us this message
Gresley Male Voice Choir – The Pride of South Derbyshire (and of a certain Vicar in Stretton)

 


The Choir came into my life in 2007 when one of its choristers asked me if I would consider hosting a concert in our church, St Mary’s, Stretton. 
 readily agreed not knowing what the choir was like and encouraged the church members and the community to support the concert. 
It was a real leap of faith for I had no idea how good (or bad) they were! I was the most relieved person ever when they sang their first song 
and I was enthralled by the quality of singing and choice of music. I was hooked! Over the years, I have gone to France and Cornwall, attended as many concerts as work commitments would allow and compered two of the town hall concerts. To my delight, a few years ago, I was asked to be a vice-president of the choir, a real honour. 
I have seen this choir grow from strength to strength, they are of a constant high quality and always a delight to hear. 
 As well as being fine singers, they are a real family and care for each other as well as sing together. 
Never was this more apparent than when one of the choir was ill or sadly died. Their care and concern for each other is heart-warming, but this is no ‘closed shop’.  
This is a family who welcomes new members with open arms and they soon become members of the finest choir in South Derbyshire. 
 I became President of the choir in January ( 2016) and it is one of the proudest moments of my life. 
When I agreed to be president, little did I know that events would take me to the other side of the world, so I must also have the record for the shortest servicing president! Having said that, I will miss ‘the chaps’ so much, their sense of fun, their devotion to the choir and their fine singing, playing and conducting skills. 
Thank you GMVC, it has been a privilege to be your president. Here’s to an Antipodean tour – you come and I will find the venues!       


SATURDAY 15th AUGUST 2015
BURTON BLIND & PARTIALLY SIGHTED CONCERT


IT CAME UPON A SATURDAY
WE AWOKE AND FELT SUCH GLEE 
FIRST WE HAD OUR ‘FOOTY’
THEN GRESLEY CHOIR AFTER TEA 
THE ‘FOOTY’ WAS AN IMPROVEMENT
 TO DISASTER THE PREVIOUS WEEK
SO ONLY JUST IN TIME, TO STRETTON 
ST. MARY’S THERE TO SEEK
DA DA DE DUM OUTSIDE THE DOOR 
THE CHOIR DID HUM AND SMILE
 SUCH A GREETING WE HAD NOT RECEIVED 
WELL NOT FOR A VERY LONG WHILE 
WE PAID AND TOOK OUR SEATS
BY THEN QUITE NEAR THE REAR 
SETTLED DOWN TO LISTEN
READY TO CLAP AND CHEER
THE CHOIR BEGAN TO SING
WE THOUGHT WE WERE IN HEAVEN 
WE COULD HAVE SAT AND LISTENED 
MUCH LONGER ........ T0 ELEVEN
MEN SINGING IN A CHOIR
IS A SOUND BEYOND COMPARE 
SUCH MAGICAL POWER PUTS 
ELECTRICITY IN THE AIR
WE HAD SOLO’S WHIT AND SMILES 
LOTS OF CLAPPING DOWN THE AISLES 
THE BURTON BLIND WOULD BENEFIT 
FROM THE PROCEEDS OF THE NIGHT 
FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS RECEIVED 
WITH THANKS AND GREAT DELIGHT 
OUR ONLY SADNESS TO THE NIGHT 
WE COULD NOT STAY FOR TEA
FOR AT A PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT 
WE REALLY NEEDED TO BE
IT WAS A PLEASURE MEETING GENTLEMEN 
ENJOYING GIVING TIME
SHARING THEIR MAGNIFICENT VOICES 
TO HELP THE LOCAL BLIND


Thank You
Connie Barker and husband,
A volunteer at the Club



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