Community Choir in Whitchurch

Community Choir in Whitchurch, Shropshire U.K.

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Christmas Concerts December 2017


images (1)Sunday 3rd December (morning & afternoon)
10.30am – 12.30am (with a break)
Collection for Shropshire M.E. Group
Acorn Kennels, Heath Road
Greyhound Rescue Winter Wonderland event
images (1)Friday 15th December
Christmas party organised by Short Notice Care Services
Archibald Worthington Club
images (1)Monday 18th December 
Kingsway Court Kingsway Residents Christmas party
images (1)Wednesday 20th December
Greenfields Care Home, Liverpool Road
images (1)Thursday 21st December
Crib Service, Whitchurch Hospital

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Spring ~ Summer concerts 2017



 ‘Worldwide Whitchurch Weekend’ Friday June 2nd

(evening performance, time to be confirmed)

The choir will be performing

‘Richard Rogers in Concert’

and a medley from ‘Oliver’





Raising funds and awareness for

Cancer Research UK

Saturday 1st July ,  1pm – 2pm at Dearnford Lake

The choir will perform a selection of favourite songs for an hour whilst various relay teams walk round the lake as part pf their 24 hour event



Whitchurch Community Choir
S U M M E R     C O N C E R T 
Saturday July 15th

(time to be confirmed)
in the Tilstock Bradbury Village Hall
(click on link for full address, directions & contact details)
Ticket price to be confirmed, but proceeds will be shared between the Village Hall and choir. There will be a bar and food.

The programme will be ~
Richard Rodgers medley download

Oliver medley

Les Miserables medley

Thank you for the music

Carousel (tbc)


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a canine contingent…

Griffin from the Market Drayton and Whitchurch Branch of Guide Dogs joined us for carols and festive songs on 18th December in Sainsbury’s foyer – over £500 was raised

UPDATE: We received a big thank you from the Guide Dogs local branch and also from Kingsway Court for our recent performances. A photograph and article about these has been submitted to the Whitchurch Herald for publication in January. Rehearsals have resumed  and we’re working hard on ‘Les Mis’. There is a committee meeting on Monday 16th, next installment of subscriptions are due in February, the choir annual dinner is still being planned.


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in the lead up to Christmas…


Here is the definitive list of carol concerts and performances the choir is doing this year. Please mark on the spread sheet at rehearsal which ones you will be taking part in – you don’t have to do them all!


2.30pm Hospital Crib Service
then singing around the wards

10-11.30am Town Centre
2.30pm Prospect House

11am-1pm Sainsbury’s

2.45pm Kingsway Court

11am Greenfields Care Home
2.30pm Edgeley House Care Home

  • Carols for the care home performances –
  • O little town of Bethlehem
  • Away in a Manger
  • In the Bleak Midwinter
  • It came upon a Midnight Clear
  • While Shepherds watched
  • The First Noel
  • We Three KingswayHark the Herald Angels
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

During rehearsals currently we are also learning and practicing, refining and improving Les Mis and the Berstein medley in preparation for concerts and performances in the new year.

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MONDAY 5th SEPTEMBER rehearsals resume

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Rehearsals resume after the summer break on Monday 5th September.

The following week on the 12th will be the A.G.M. after the rehearsal and it would be helpful if people attended to express any views and ideas – this is the choir’s opportunity to support the committee and Donna too. If you would like to join the committee please ask any of the existing committee members, likewise if you would like to be nominated for a role.

On 19th September the first installment of £25 is due. The annual subscription remains the same again.

A pianist is still hoped for and the advertisement is on the website on the right. New posters are currently at the printers on which a request for a pianist is also added.

Hope you had a brilliant summer and looking forward to seeing you all and new members on Monday.

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Below is an advert for a pianist for the choir – if you know of a possible candidate please urge them to contact Margaret Hatton.

Whitchurch Community Choir are seeking a pianist to assist their musical director at rehearsals and concerts. The choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 7 until 8.30pm in Bargates Hall. If you are interested in applying please contact the choir’s secretary Margaret Hatton on 01948 662594 to arrange an audition when you would be required to accompany the choir for approximately 20 minutes, for which music will be made available in advance if required. Rate of pay is negotiable.


A while ago Margaret sent an email to everyone with this term’s songs for rehearsals and also other news and information, such as the choir’s performance in July for ‘Relay for Life’ and also a spring concert.

Here is the list of songs again -;

  • The Rose’s Age
  • Apple Trees in Bloom
  • Spring
  • You Don’t Send Me Flowers
  • Edelweiss
  • Tulips Fom Amsterdam
  • Blackbird
  • Tiptoe Trough The Tulips
  • Inchworm



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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

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♥ 2016 ♥

Bit late I know, but HEALTH WEALTH & HAPPINESS eh? I’ve been having fun trying to configure a new computer to work with camera, scanner & printer etc. and it has not been easy. The old one decided to play up as if in protest.

Choir resumed on Monday 4th January and the next committee meeting will be after Monday 11th’s rehearsal.

Here are some photographs from the choir’s two hour performance in Sainsbury’s on the Sunday before Christmas – about £200 in donations was taken that day (together with some the previous day when the choir sang in the town centre) making a hearty contribution to ‘First Responders’.

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sainsburys dec 2015 3




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in today’s Independent newspaper…

Monday 14 December will be our final rehearsal for this year and before the Christmas concerts begin.

In today’s Independent newspaper there’s this article – click the link if you want to read it.

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choir group

The following itineary re: concert performances are as detailed in the recent email from Ray – if you haven’t already done so you need to indicate which, if any, concerts you want to sing in. Any questions ask Ray or Donna. You’re not expected to join in on all of them and also Donna may want to adjust numbers re: sopranos, altos and men. Ray has a flow chart for you to write on with your choices.

Tuesday 15 at 2.30 pmPauls Moss, Dodington, Whitchurch (residents’ party)

Friday 18 at 2.00 pmCommunity Hospital (Crib service) followed by singing in/near the wards followed by The Bradbury Care Centre (at about 4pm next door to the hospital) for a short programme in the community room.

Saturday 19 morning at 10.30am – Whitchurch Town Centre (various locations).

Saturday 19 afternoon at 2.30pm – Prospect House, Malpas.

Sunday 20 at 10am  – Sainsburys, Whitchurch.

Monday 21 at 11.00 amGreenfields, Liverpool Road, Whitchurch  (communal lounge, retirement homes).

Monday 21 at 2.00 pmKingsway Court, Kingsway, Whitchurch (communal lounge, retirement homes).

Tuesday 22 at 11.00 amCloverfields, Chester Road, Whitchurch (Residential Home).

Please note: there will be a rehearsal after all on Monday 14th December and this will be the final one for this year. This has changed since Ray initially emailed us all about it. The times above need checking.


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a little fame but awaiting fortunes…

The Whitchurch Herald this week used a staff photo of us singing at the Blackberry Fair on Saturday. From all the many different acts and displays on the day isn’t it good that we were chosen.

blackberry fair 2015 whitchurch herald pic

Philip Walker was also out and about with his camera.

2015 blackberry fair

Other choristers, friends and family, people in the crowd and at least one usually highly critical husband were complimentary about our performance and apparently… there was disappointment that we only did one slot. Not bad for our debut at this event.


During Monday’s rehearsal we gave time to learning more of the Beach Boys songs, Good Vibrations and God Only Knows, and then Donna introduced us to the very beautiful Ave verum Corpus. If you read the notes at the bottom of the score you’ll see Mozart wrote it when visiting his wife who was ‘taking the waters’ at the time in a little spa town. I wonder what he would think about our performances of it in the oldest little market town in Shropshire.

The choir has some connection to the Shropshire M. E. Group and they are holding a coffee morning on 16th October in the Civic Centre – there will be a raffle, tombola and book signing by local author Katie Flynn who is the new patron of this charity and she also has M. E. It would be lovely to see any of you there.



We have been invited to perform at the next ‘Relay for Life’ event (Cancer Research U.K.) in July next year and the committee has now confirmed the booking. We will be singing on the morning of Saturday 2nd July 2016 at the Rugby Ground.

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Blackberry Fair

This is the running order of songs for this Saturday’s performance -;

Country Gardens


I’m beginning to see the light

The Rose’s Age

Dona Nobis Pacem

All I have to do is dream

All you need is love

Favourite Things

Singing in the Rain

Drunken Sailor

When the Saints go marching in


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catch up – 14 & 21 September

We’ve been working on ’rounds’ and we’re sounding good!

You will have received an email from Margaret asking if you are going to sing at the Blackberry Fair – do reply asap as the committee needs to know if the numbers add up as it may not be viable.

On July 3 we are going to sing at ‘Relay for Life’ at the rugby ground. Here’s a link to the Cancer Research UK campaign that is achieving so much and it’s an honour don’t you think for the choir to take part LINK


First day of autumn apparently today so enjoy the colours and don’t slip on soggy leaves! If I had to think of songs that go with this season my mind conjures up John Denver and vast open spaces in the U.S. How about you? Click this link for one of my favourite songs by him LINK

If you haven’t already paid your subs – they were due last Monday.




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New songs, such as Blackbird by the Beatles and God Only Knows by the Beachboys, new choristers too, new term, new start, new venue! We’re going to have a slot at the Blackberry Fair.

This year every week we will be asked to hand in two songs from our folders; this is so the people who collate all our music and our librarian Dot can cope with the vast library the choir has now amassed. The running order for the rehearsal will be written on the new white board and any notices as well as the two songs to be handed in.

Next Monday after rehearsal is our AGM – please contribute, it’s our opportunity to let the committee know your opinions and ideas and if you prefer not to voice them in person let any member of the committee know in advance – Mo, Dot, Margaret, Ray or Lizzie. You may be interested in being on the committee so you could nominate yourself you know!


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dates for your diary


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  • First rehearsal when we resume in September will be on the 7th.
  • After the next one on the 14th choir members are invited to stay behind for the A.G.M.
  • First of four instalments of £25 for annual subscription due on 21st September

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hello and bye bye for a little while…

We’re now on summer holiday rather than singing about it (groan, groan). Will someone tell me what it is about that song that we dislike so much? I know I dislike it but I’m unsure why. I probably do have an aversion to Cliff Richard, having been more of a Rolling Stones/The Who type of a teenage girl.

I need a little favour – in order to  be able to write a guide for people wanting to know how to enter blog posts here I need to know what happens when you try to do it. My computer and laptop wont let me pretend I don’t know, if that makes any sense.

The choir’s committee meets on Monday 10th August when dates for the rehearsals for the year starting September will be decided. If anyone has anything they would like raised at the committee meeting perhaps they would let a committee member know – Margaret, Ray, Mo, Dot, Donna or myself, Lizzie.

happiness is singing in a choir

Last Saturday our minimal choir performance at Jebb Court seemed to go down quite well, as did their scones and tea, and didn’t we have a scrumptious supper after last Mondays mini in house concert? It was a fabulous spread – Dot’s sponge cake, Irene’s venison and red wine rolls, Donna’s quiche, cheese board, strawberries… everyones contributions seemed to compliment each other and provided a little of what you might fancy for us all.

I am going to spend some time sprucing up and amending this website so next time you call in it might look different. As an aside, I and a few friends are organising an event for middle aged and older people who should know better! – woodland glide segway at in mid September. If you are daft and daring enough to want to join us contact me using the form below if  you like.



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Monday 6th July

Bit thin on the ground again. We did well with ‘Favourite Things’ but ‘All You Need Is Love’ still confounds. A verse in descant in another of our songs is a challenge for some, in different ways!

Here’s a version that will confuse us even more!

Gearing ourselves up for an informal concert on Saturday July 25th at Jebb Court, Dairy Grove, off Wharf Road Ellesmere Shropshire, SY12 0GA 2pm. Don’t forget to order your cream tea with Mo if you want one.

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re: Monday 29 June and a few before that…

Catch up time – and although our numbers are a little depleted because of people off travelling and doing summer things we are making music loud and clear! With the doors and windows open I wonder what passers by make of our efforts?

Our last rehearsal for this term will be on Monday 27th July when we’re invited to bring nibbles and things to share for supper at Bargates Hall as usual, to round things off.

cream tea

Message from Mo – we’re going to Jebb Court at Ellesmere for a charity fundraiser in aid of the Lingen Davies Trust at Shrewsbury Hospital on Saturday 25th July for 2pm. Cream tea for any choir members will be £2.50, all proceeds to the charity. Jebb Court is a McCarthy and Stone retirement development. If anyone in the choir would like to see round she will give a tour

Choir members will be given a cuppa but if you want the cream tea you need to pay – also you will need to tell Mo if you do want a cream tea so the cook knows how many scones to bake!

(Jebb Court, Dairy Grove, off Wharf Road Ellesmere Shropshire, SY12 0GA)