May 23, 2022 – At the end of April the Rushmoor “Odd Fellows” Male Voice Choir performed a concert from which they donated proceeds to a Ukraine refugee charity and even sung a piece in Ukrainian as support for the refugees.
The concert on 30th April took place at North Camp Methodist Church in Farnborough and was originally intended to just raise funds for the choir to continue its charitable work in the Surrey and Hampshire area. But, as Chairman of the choir, Peter Viveash, commented “We could not ignore the desperate plight of the millions of Ukrainian refugees needing humanitarian assistance and the boys wanted to show our support. So, we decided to donate over half of the proceeds from the concert to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Fund”.
Not content with just showing financial support the choir are lucky in having a very talented musician as its Musical Director, Stephen Petch, who was able to arrange “A Prayer for Ukraine” for male voices and the choir performed it publicly, in Ukrainian, for the first time at this concert. “A Prayer for Ukraine” is a traditional hymn by Mykola Lysenko with words by Oleksandr Konysky which has become the spiritual anthem of Ukraine.
The choir now hopes to perform the piece again at their next concert in Haslemere Methodist Church on Saturday 11th June as there are a number of Ukrainian refugees now living in the area. In addition, Stephen Petch says that he is willing to provide the arrangement to any male voice choirs who may be interested in performing it – just contact the choir at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Odds are also actively recruiting new members. If you would like to join a fellowship of men who love to sing and have fun raising money for local charities then get in touch for details of an innovative “men singing together” taster programme that the choir is launching soon – you don’t need to have any previous experience!