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  • TVC Open Rehearsal
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 22 Jun 2022
    TVC Open Rehearsal
    We had a number of visitors attending our Open Rehearsal on Tuesday (June 21st) evening.  After a fun warm-up, our MD Anne, challenged us with learning a new Tag. The bar had been set quite high and certainly tested everyone's listening skills but the chords did eventually ring.  It was good to have a run through of several songs in our current repertoire, including returning favourites  'Crazy little thing called love' and 'Can you feel the love tonight?'.   Our version of 'Tonight' from the musical 'West side Story' is also shaping up well.  
    Those members representing TVC at the upcoming Wargrave Festival on Saturday (25th June) had the chance to run through the set-list with a performance in front of the rest of the chorus.  Our slot at the Variety Show is scheduled for just after 8.30pm on Saturday. and takes place at the Marquee on Mill Green, Station Rd, Wargrave, Reading RG10 8EU. 
     
  • TVC prepare for concert in Crowthorne
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 19 May 2022
    TVC prepare for concert in Crowthorne
    TVC had a great rehearsal on Tuesday evening with Anne as we prepared for our concert at Crowthorne Methodist Church this Saturday (May 21st) . It was really good to run through all our concert repertoire with everyone enjoying singing their favourite songs.
    It is so good now to be singing again in front of live audiences.
    Tickets for Saturday's concert are available at https://bit.ly/TVC_Crowthorne
  • TVC at Harrogate 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 13 May 2022
    TVC at Harrogate 2022
    Barbershop singers from all over the UK converged on the attractive spa-town of Harrogate over the first Bank Holiday weekend in May to participate in the British Association of Barbershop Singers Annual Convention.  Because of the pandemic the events in 2020 & 2021 were cancelled and so there was a palpable sense of excitement as singers prepared to take part this year.  For TVC there were a number of firsts.  For our new Musical Director, Anne Fairbrother, this was her first experience of a Barbershop convention.  This was also the first Convention experience for two of our newer singers, David Jubb and Simon Cooper.  
    Our chorus leadership had put together an exciting package for our Convention performance. Our first song was the up-tempo ‘I’ve got a dream’, taken from Disney’s ‘Tangled’.  Alex de Bruin, our Deputy MD, had put together an inspired arrangement, incorporating a cleverly inserted parody section, (with due acknowledgement to US quartet Mainstreet).    Our MD, Anne, had desperately wanted to take us ‘out of our comfort zone’.  I think it’s safe to say that as we stepped across the contest risers with chorus members individually donning an assortment of eye-patches, pirate bandanas and sinister hooks her intention was achieved.  And this may have been the first ever Barbershop performance featuring Sooty & Sweep!  Any lingering doubts any members may have had about the plan were surely quelled as we heard the first audience laughter, early in the song.  Our front row hammed-up their little cameo pieces splendidly and the chorus choreography was handled with some aplomb. And at the end, as the song lyrics state, we did (well almost) hear the audience ‘yell and scream’.
    Our second song, could not present more of a contrast.  ‘If I can Dream’ is a song that was made famous by Elvis Presley, and its lyrics have notable similarities with Martin Luther King’s 1963 ‘I have a Dream’ speech.  Presley recorded the song in 1968, just two months after King’s assassination.  So, with such a powerful message to convey it was important that as a chorus we got the delivery right. The reaction from the audience suggested that we had and it was very satisfying to notice members of the judging panel applauding as we left the stage.
    TVC were one of the first choruses to sing and so we had a long wait, until almost 5pm to learn that we had scored a very pleasing 72.6% and were positioned in 6th place.
    Having competed with two such challenging (in different ways) songs we were delighted to have delivered the plan with an entertaining and powerful performance.    
     
  • Woodley Community Carnival
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 26 Mar 2022
    Woodley Community Carnival
    A group from Thames Valley Chorus are delighted to be attending this year's Woodley Community Carnival on Saturday 11 June.  Throughout the afternoon chorus members will be on hand to meet the public and will be providing some close-up demonstrations of  a cappella close-harmony singing. 
    They are also excited to be performing on the Arena Stage mid-afternoon.
    At their stall the guys will be providing information about their upcoming  special Open Rehearsal being held to help celebrate  'Make Music Day' on Tuesday 21 June, The Open Rehearsal is open to any men who enjoy singing and are interested in finding  out more about close-harmony singing.
  • Death of Key Member
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 17 Jan 2022
    Death of Key Member
    TVC are sad to report the sudden death on Sunday 16th January of club stalwart and long standing mainstay of the Bass section Brian Callaghan, following a heart attack whilst at home in the evening. Members of the chorus have expressed their sadness and shock at the loss.

    Brian has sung with the chorus since 1988 and performed with a number of Quartets, including BABS Gold Medal winners Rockaholix and current quartet Timeless.

    He will be greatly missed by the chorus, and our thoughts are with his wife, children and grandchildren at this difficult time.
  • A good time was had by all...
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 22 Sep 2021
    A good time was had by all...
    We welcomed 11 men to our Open Evening. Anne and Alex put them through their paces with a couple of tags and a section rehearsal for "Wonderful World". We can't wait to see how we can integrate the guys into the chorus.
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