Caerphilly Male Voice Choir


THE CAERPHILLY MALE VOICE CHOIR has raised over £5 million for charity in its 110 year history. It has performed at many distinguished venues including Westminster Abbey and the Royal Albert Hall. Last weekend they came all the way from Wales to perform a charity concert for us. They are a wonderful group of people. Interestingly their conductor (musical director) was a lady, their accompanist was a lady, and so was their main soloist.  So, not entirely unisex!

The concert they gave us was magnificent. It was an emotional rollercoaster.  It took us to the depths when they performed the song from Warhorse that is the message of a dying son to his beloved father, and then “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in which they were joined with enormous fervour by the audience.  I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house – certainly not mine. Then they went upbeat with songs like “The Rhythm of Life”, which got the feet tapping, and then a selection of soft songs from the valleys – absolutely riveting! Finally the soloist came back on stage and joined the choir to give us beautiful renditions of  “ Think of Me” (Phantom of the Opera),  “I could have danced all Night” (My Fair Lady) and” I Dreamed a Dream” (Les Miserables). What a finale!

And during the interval the choir all queued up to have their pictures taken with Lennie the Basingstoke Lion thereby demonstrating that they were all just big kids a heart.

And, further good news for us, the Southern Soul Club have kindly chosen us to be the recipients of the funds they hope to raise with a discotheque of 60s, 70s and 80s music (played on vinyl) at the Irish Centre on 24th November. We thank them most sincerely.

Everything the Basingstoke Lions Club raises/ receives goes to make life a little better for the most vulnerable citizens of Basingstoke. So, please help if you can.