Val Munro – President

Val1-webVal Munro joined the Birmingham Choral Union in September 1966 straight from teacher training college.
The first major work she can remember taking part in was Elgar’s ‘Dream of Gerontius’ in January 1967 in Birmingham Town Hall.
She has enjoyed singing in many memorable concerts, but ones that stand out are the Verdi ‘Requiem’ in 1967 and the Berlioz ‘Grande Messe des Morts’ in 1972, both with the CBSO as the closing concerts of The Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales.
The performance of the Fanshawe ‘African Sanctus’ in 1985 also stands out for the novelty of trying to synchronize the choral parts with a tape of African performers.
For several seasons, in the late ‘70’s, Val was Vice-chairman, but on relinquishing that role has since spent many ‘happy hours’ raising funds for the choir, organizing jumble sales, bring-and-buys featuring her home-made jam, plus waste paper and aluminium can collections (which earned her the nickname of ‘Vagrant Val’ around Kings Heath Park!!)
More recently she, aided by her husband, Jim, has been instrumental in organizing regular Quiz Nights for both BCU and nominated charities.
In recognition of her tireless endeavours and enthusiasm, the Choir were delighted to appoint Val Honorary Vice-president in January 2009 and Honorary Life-president in 2013.

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