Hospital Male Voice Choir launch CD to help Ark

They are wonderful supporters of Ark Cancer Centre Charity - and now Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir (BHMVC) have launched a CD in support of the good cause.

The choir have helped to raise thousands of pounds for, and awareness of, Ark's £5million appeal which will fund supportive services and care, complementary therapies, and an enhanced environment within a much-needed NHS cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital.

As well as supporting Ark, the 18-track CD - called 'Angels Watching Over Me' - is a tribute to the memory of Hazel Gray, the popular lead infection and control nurse who passed away after battling cancer in March 2018. Hazel's husband David is a member of BHMVC.

The CD, which showcases the versatility and talent of the choir, is a live recorded concert that took place at St John's Church, Alresford. It was recorded, edited and mastered by BHMVC accompanist Paul Wright. Paul, his wife Marilyn, and BHMVC member Dave Daley designed the sleeve, and the CD features photography by Marie Jones and BHMVC member Peter Ball.

At the concert, the choir performed under the leadership of their musical director Dai Ogborn and deputy musical director Steve Busby, and Paul Wright was the accompanist.

The first production run of the CD, which is selling for £10 with all proceeds going to Ark, is now on sale, and Mark Jones, will be selling a limited number outside the Basingstoke hospital restaurant from midday to 2pm on Friday, December 6.

Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees,  who is president of BHMVC, said: "This is a wonderful CD, and it will bring BHMVC's music to an even wider audience, as well as raising further funds for Ark. I am grateful to the choir for their superb support, and I hope that the CD will be turning up in plenty of Christmas stockings."

Andrew Long, chairman of BHMVC, said: "We are delighted and proud of the CD, and we are pleased that the sales of it will provide further support for Ark, which is a charity we are all pleased to support."