Lord Ralph Kerr, President of Melbourne Male Voice Choir hosted an evening Reception for Choir members and their guests on Saturday 31st May. Advantage was taken of the fine warm evening to take drinks outside and walk round the historic garden with its broad sweeps of lawn, avenues and arbour.
After a buffet had been enjoyed Lord Ralph spoke of his proud and long association with the Choir. He recognised the work that had gone into rebuilding the Choir in the past year which now stood at over 30 members. Lord Ralph praised Choir for their recent excellent concert for the National Trust in the Saloon at Kedleston Hall with Ecclesbourne School. He was looking forward to their return visit to Melbourne Hall to sing for visitors in the afternoon of Sunday 31st August and hoped to be present on Saturday 4th October for their concert with Ockbrook School in St. Edward’s Parish Church in Castle Donington.
Peter Dawn, Choir Chairman, thanked Lord Ralph for his continued support and for hosting the evening. Choir then performed five pieces from their current programme that included Calon Lan, the Vicar of Dibley version of The Lord is my Shepherd and Lord Ralph’s favourite Gwahoddiad.
Choir now practise on Friday evenings at 7.30pm in the Wesleyan Hall in Potter Street, Melbourne. New members will be made welcome and don’t need to be able to read music.