Choirs combine for charity performance

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The Budleigh Salterton and Four Lanes male voice choirs will combine their voices next month at a special joint concert to raise money for the Exeter Chiefs Foundation.

Both choirs will be performing at Clyst St Mary Village Hall on October 28 at 7.30pm.

Each choir will perform songs from their own repertoire before both coming together to combine the voices of more than 50 male chorists.

Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir (MVC) was founded in 1974. The choir performs about 10 times a year to raise money for local and national charities, with recent recipients including Hospiscare, Force, Royal British Legion, Devon Air Ambulance, Chard Lions and Sid Valley Memory Cafe.

Led by musical director Matthew Jeffrey and accompanied by Sandra Jepp, Budleigh Salterton MVC rehearse at 7pm every Tuesday night at East Budleigh Village Hall.

The choir has competed at the Cornwall International Male Voice Festival and last year with Barnstaple MVC. They went on a concert tour to Belgium, culminating in a performance at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.

Four Lanes Male Choir was formed in 1944 to welcome local soldiers returning from the D-Day landings. The choir has enjoyed competition and tours across the country, as well as many local concerts throughout the year.

Four Lanes’ musical director is Timothy Hosken and their accompanist is David Wingham. They rehearse every Monday at Four Kanes United Methodist Church near Redruth.

Tickets for this fundraising event are £10 and are available from, the village shop in Clyst St Mary or on the door on the night.

Exeter Chiefs Foundation chairman Tony Rowe CBE said: “We are very grateful to both choirs for putting on this performance to raise money for the Foundation. I would urge any fans of live choral music to head to Clyst St Mary next month for what will be a very special performance.”

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