Choir's Odiham debut for charity

Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir (BHMVC) and a generous audience have delivered another boost for the Charity. All Saints Church in Odiham was the lovely setting for the free concert, at which donations were collected on behalf of the charity.

The July 20 concert was the latest event to be staged by BHMVC in support of the charity, and it marked an Odiham debut for the highly-rated choir. Under the leadership of Musical Director Dai Ogborn, the choir turned in another sparkling performance which demonstrated the range and versatility of their repertoire.

There was a mix of old and more modern songs, and Paul Risoe, Bill Martin, Tim Price and Ralph Magdamo all gave great solo performances during the evening. Paul Wright provided first-class accompaniment on the parish church organ, and there was the added delight of two solo performances by renowned pianist David Ward.

The concert certainly delighted the audience, who generously gave donations totalling £416 – a sum that will be doubled thanks to match-funding from Greenham Common Trust’s findmeagrant scheme which is supporting the charity appeal.

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, thanked the choir for putting on a fourth concert for the charity in the last 18 months.He said: “BHMVC have shown great support to Ark Cancer Centre Charity during 2015 and 2016. They were among the musical stars at the recent Music in The Garden event and it was a delight to hear them make their Odiham debut in All Saints Church.”

Photo by Fay Pearson