clash of the choirs
An evening of song attracts 180 performers to the village of Wedmore
A telegram from BBC TV choirmaster and presenter Gareth Malone kicked off this year’s Clash of the Choirs at Wedmore Church.
The inspirational personality behind the Military Wives sent his best wishes for the occasion which was staged by the Friends of St Mary’s.
This was the second time the Clash had been held in the church. Organiser David Hopkins was delighted with the event which packed out the pews and attracted 180 singers including long established choirs such as Cheddar Male Choir and small singing groups of young people.
“I think it was even better than last year,” he said.
“About 450 people had enormous fun during the evening which was very informal.
“There was a nice mixture of performers and for some of them the event gave them a rare opportunity to sing in front of a big crowd.
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“For the children it was an enormous life experience; for those who are keen on pursuing singing as a career it allowed them to perform for the first time in a public place.”
Clash of the Choirs, expertly compered by Alan Philps, featured the tongue in cheek clap-o-meter which awarded each choir a summing up on their performance such as: ‘Astonishing’ or ‘Never to be forgotten.’
The choirs taking part were: Cheddar Male Choir, Wedmore First School Academy Singing Club, Somernotes, the adults and children from Cheddar Valley Voices, St Mary’s Choir, St Andrew’s Choir from Cheddar, The Keynotes and Moor Harmony.
“It was another of the Friends of St Mary’s lively events and we shall surely be doing it again in 2014,” added David.
The Friends help to maintain the structure of 15th century St Mary’s and gathers together the support of those who may not attend services but who want to support the church as a community centre and beautiful backdrop to village life.
The next event planned is Now That’s What I Call Hymns on Saturday 1st June. Described as ‘Songs of Praise but a lot more fun’ this will be an evening of readings and favourite hymns chosen by local people. Ticket details to be confirmed – please watch this space or follow news of the event on Facebook: Now That’s What I Call Hymns – Nantwich or Twitter: @NANTWICHWedmore
Photos: Geoff Dunlop/Kailash