A life in harmony

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St. John’s, Walsall Wood – venue for a great concert.

Last year,  I ran a series of articles here on the Brownhills Blog about Brownhills Co-operative Choral Society, a very highly respected musical ensemble indeed, and a remarkable, often overlooked piece of Brownhills history.

What I didn’t realise back then was that the Brownhills Choral still exists in the form of Deryk Langford’s Brownhills Wednesday Singers ensemble, who have a concert upcoming at Walsall Wood Parish Church (St. Johns), on the 7th November 2014.

Deryk Langford announced the following yesterday:

Brownhills Choral Society was one of the finest Choirs way back in the 1970s and 80s. It came 3rd in the Llangollen International Festival out of 23 international choirs

We now have the Brownhills Wednesday Singers, a 40 strong mixed voice choir, who are presenting a World War 1 concert along the ever popular Staffordshire Band on 7th November at Walsall Wood Parish Church at 7.30pm.

Tickets are limited and cost £5 obtainable from Deryck Langford 01543 821999.

Come along and join in a singalong of old songs from the Trenches.

David Evans has charted the Choral Society from its very beginning, and also through the years of George Fullelove. Along the way, railway expert and chorister Ian Pell also turned up some great material. This is all part of a complex and surprising musical culture in Brownhills, both in the classical tradition and the more modern sense – it’s very satisfying to see that tradition continue with the Wednesday Singers.

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Douglas Birch MBE and Deryck Langford. Image by David Evans.

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