IN 1975, the local singing group Hart Male Voice Choir was formed at the Checkers Pub in Crookham Village by five men who loved to sing.
Owner Dan offered his lounge bar for rehearsals. After a few glasses of beer, the choir was launched.
The checkered pub sign proudly sits at the center of the choir badge.
Since then the choir has grown in size and popularity across the UK and Europe and tomorrow (Wednesday) will perform in Odiham with a Christmas concert which will aim to dispel the gloominess of Covid.
This Christmas concert will be the choir’s third concert since October and the relaxation of confinement restrictions.
Music director Kevin Jacot is delighted that the choir has returned from confinement “singing better than ever”.
The Wrecclesham and Godalming audience were extremely enthusiastic with their applause.
The many smiling faces of the public have made up for all the long months of confinement.
A member of the public said she had such a wonderful time that she left the church feeling “totally rejuvenated”.
Music therapy perhaps?
Tickets are £ 10 (children under 12 free), available online at www.hartmvc.org.uk or from Katharine Jane Gifts, Odiham High Street, RG29 1LP, or by calling Graham Ball on 01428 682473. The Gates open at 6.30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m.
Hart Male Voice Choir was formed in 1975 and has grown into one of the South East’s premier male choirs.
Local and national charities have benefited from HMVC concerts which have raised thousands of pounds for over 40 years.
Music Director Kevin Jacot is enjoying his fifth year with the Hart Male Voice Choir in Odiham.
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