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Tag Along Thursday – 14th March 2019

Want to come along and find out what fun singing with the Knights can be?

Or just hear us sing.

Come along to our next “Tag along” event. Just turn up, or call ahead so we know to expect you. More details on the following poster

 

BOTY

Barbershopper Of The Year 2018

Congratulations to our assistant Chorus Director Trevor, on being awarded the Barbershopper of The Year (BOTY) trophy at the Knights Annual Dinner on October 5th.

Trevor’s work over the past year included conducting the chorus at a number of performances and assisting at weekly rehearsals. He has become Sean’s (our Chorus Director) right-hand man in the past year, growing his skills in directing the chorus, as well as being adept at motivating everyone through his patience and wicked sense of humour.

Each year, at the club AGM, members hold a secret ballot where they select the person they think has done most to help the club and its members. The result of the ballot is withheld until the Annual Dinner so both the recipient and guests have no idea who has won until the presentation.

This year we were lucky enough to have the original donor of the trophy, BABS Past Chairman Chris Tideman, to present the cup.

Gerry Darvill

Gerry Darvill (1939-2018)

The Knights of Harmony have said farewell to one of their much-loved and enthusiastic veterans, Gerry Darvill. Sadly, Gerry passed away on August 1st, aged 79, with his family around him.

Gerry sang with the chorus for 26 years, and his attention to detail in pursuit of the perfect chord made him an outstanding chorus member.

His wife of many years, Olive says: ‘Gerry had a very good ear for music – and he wasn’t happy unless the right notes were sung’.

He had performed at Convention as recently as the end of May 2018 and was due to attend Harmony College at the end of August. He always enjoyed singing in the Harmony College Audition Chorus with his good friend and fellow Knight, Ron Hollis.

At the church service mourners were given a detailed account of his work with the Fire Service, his love of the Church and his music skills.

He loved to drive, so it was a good fit when Gerry joined the Fire Service as a Driver/Fireman/Mechanic in 1966. He was to spend the rest of his working life in the service.

While Gerry loved his work, he loved his music even more. He came from a musical family where there was singing, piano, drums, violin – and Gerry on the banjo. Olive says his love of singing Barbershop gave him so much pleasure, and he really enjoyed his Thursday evenings rehearsing with the Knights. It gave him so many friends.

Many of those chorus friends turned out in full Knight’s uniform to pay their respects at his funeral on August 21st. It was a privilege to perform two of Gerry’s favourite Barbershop songs: I’ll Walk with God and You Raise Me Up.

Fellow Knight Chas Owen, paid this tribute: “Gerry was a kind and generous person who would always go out of his way to help others“. We will miss him.

We send our sincere condolences to Olive and family,

Rest in peace, Gerry.

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