Community Choir in Whitchurch, Shropshire U.K.


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Choir resumes after summer break

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Choir rehearsals start again following the summer break on Monday 4th September 2017 at 7pm in Bargates Hall behind St Alkmunds church.

 

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Spring ~ Summer concerts 2017

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 ‘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’

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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…

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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…

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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!

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES

THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER
2.30pm Hospital Crib Service
then singing around the wards

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER
10-11.30am Town Centre
2.30pm Prospect House

SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER
11am-1pm Sainsbury’s

MONDAY 19 DECEMBER
2.45pm Kingsway Court

WEDNESDAY 21 DECEMBER
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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PIANIST REQUIRED… and updates

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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 WordPress.com 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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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.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/scientific-evidence-singing-health-life-changing-a6767081.html


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CHRISTMAS CHOIR CONCERTS

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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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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

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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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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.

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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 www.cheshiresegway.co.uk 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.

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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)


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Donna’s Bike Ride for Shropshire M. E. Group

The last fees installment is nearly due by the way! I may not be amongst you at present because my singing voice has disappeared temporarily but thought I would keep in touch.

This is the article about Donna’s fundraising bike ride in this week’s Whitchurch Herald. As you may know already, you’re invited to her celebration at 3pm Sunday 21st June at Tilstock and Bradbury Village Hall.

If you click on it, it becomes large enough to read.

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Monday 11 May 2015

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Don’t forget that it’s the ‘Singing for Fun Day’ this Saturday. If you haven’t booked your place there’s still time, contact Donna direct or through this website.

Last night Amy Teague took the rehearsal as Donna was poorly. We did have fun! Mind you that doesn’t mean we didn’t work hard; Summer Holiday, My Favourite Things, All You Need is Love after some tricky warm up exercises. At the end a lovely four part round of ‘When the Saints…’

The vibrant pink flowering cherry blossom has all but finished now in the church grounds, and as this is my first spring in Whitchurch I’m eager to see what’s next to blossom. Everything is a few weeks later than I’m used to having arrived here from the south west.

‘Rain-drops on ros-es and whisk-ers on kit-tens

bright cop-per ket-tles and warm wool-en mit-tens…’


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Monday 27 April

When I drove into the Bargates Hall car park I noticed how vivid the flowering cherry blossom was; throughout our rehearsal I noticed a blackbird perched in one of the trees, his black feathers standing out against the pinkness even as dusk fell. I wonder what he thought of our rehearsal – Singing in the Rain, All You Need is Love, Bring me Sunshine and Summer Holiday. We’re preparing for a choir garden party with family and friends as guests at the end of July.

Here’s another of Tony Tinsley’s photographs, this time of our very own ‘Three Tenors’ in rehearsal

tony's faure pics1_9 and a lovely one of Iris, with Holly, our soloist for the Whitchurch Faure performance.

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Monday 20th April

Learning ‘All You Need is Love’, ‘love, love, love’… all you need is love… and ‘Wonderful World’ and ‘You are my Sunshine’. Personally of these the last is my favourite, we used to sing this to our children when they were little.


donnas bike1Donna told us about her 100 mile fundraising event for the Shropshire M. E. Group – she will be cycling the Mercian Way on 19, 20 and 20th June and invited the choir to support her and take sponsorship forms to circulate. There is a blog about this – www.donnasbikeride4smeg.bloghspot.co.uk

smeg logo colours favicon1_1The Shropshire M. E. Group has its own website at www.shropshiremegroup.org.uk where you can find out more about M. E. and what the group does. Donna is their librarian and support group facilitator, and she is also building a resource bank.

For the event we need a venue for the finishing line in Whitchurch, somewhere for family, friends and supporters – and the choir? – to congregate and cheer Donna on as she completes this challenge. Do you have a large garden, or a club you belong to, a pub perhaps that would be willing to host this and provide facilities and get some free publicity? Let Lizzie know if you do.


Don’t forget to look at some of the photographs in the previous post below taken by Tony Tinsley of the choir in rehearsal. More of these and the photographs taken by Philip Walker will be on the Photo Album page over the next few days as I add them.

 


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Monday 13 April

We were Dream, Dream, Dreaming of Singin’ in the Rain!

A reminder that the third subs were due before Easter so do let Ray have yours next Monday if you haven’t already paid.

Donna and John will be doing their fourth Singing for Fun Day on May 16 which will be gospel and spiritual music; also, Donna is offering a 10 week course on learning to read music, on Thursdays, morning or afternoon, so let her know if you are interested in either or both.

You will have had an email with a link to the beautiful photographs that Philip Walker took of our  performance of Faure’s Requiem on 29 March in St Alkmund’s church – here’s one of my favourites –
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Do you remember Marnie’s husband photographing us during the rehearsal on 28 March? Big thank you to Tony Tinsley – here are some of his candid action shots –

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We did it!

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Resume after Easter on Monday 13 April

Last night after our final performance of the Requiem I heard choristers saying to one another that that had been our best ever recital of it, how much they enjoyed it, that they thought we’d finally conquered any apprehension about tackling it…

The audience seemed genuinely moved and were very positive too.

The highlight of course was Holly’s solo which was very beautiful and the acoustics in the church did her justice fully. I was moved by the crystal clear clarity of her voice and I could see that reflected in the faces of other choir members too.

David’s organ accompaniment was lovely, Phillip Walker’s balancing on step ladders to capture us photographically is a valuable contribution and the result will be enjoyable and a great asset for forthcoming publicity. Marnie’s husband (apologies, I have forgotten his name) took informal photographs of us at Saturday’s rehearsal which will be fun to see in due course and a big thank you to him for unobtrusively popping out from behind pillars to catch some moments. Look out for these new photographs appearing on the website when they become available.

It has been fun and very appreciated that we could do this piece with members of St Alkmund’s church choir and Wem Community Choir.

John and Donna – you have worked so hard and good-naturedly for weeks with us and I am so pleased that finally I think we pulled it off and hope you feel we did you justice in the end.

So, now we have a break for a couple of weeks and resume after Easter on Monday 13 April and if you haven’t already paid Ray the third subs installment do so then.

I wonder what Donna has in mind for us next?