Community Choir in Whitchurch, Shropshire U.K.


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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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♥ 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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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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whiteboard/blackbird

Blackbird

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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Blogpost by Margaret

On Saturday 16th May Donna and John ran their annual Singing For Fun day at Edstaston Village Hall.  This is the third year they have organised this and members from Whitchurch and Wem choirs joined up to sing a range of gospel and spiritual songs.

There were some tricky four part harmonies but the music was great and Holly sang some beautiful solo parts as well as supporting the sopranos with the other pieces.   It was a great day and Donna and John are already thinking about next year, possibly with a jazz theme.  Although the day was well attended, perhaps even more choir members could come along next year, it is a  very enjoyable day and it was sunny enough to eat our sandwiches outside at lunch time!

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Donna was back at rehearsal on Monday after recovering from feeling unwell last Monday and Amy was back on the piano and we continued perfecting our repertoire, and did a couple of new songs which we sang in rounds which sounded good.

Several people sponsored Donna for her bike ride and she is happy for us to donate directly to her if people are finding it hard to donate on line with a not very easy link.  She is still cycling everywhere like mad in preparation for her bike ride in June for ME.

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Don’t forget, no rehearsal on Bank Holiday Monday so hope to see everyone back at rehearsal on Monday 1st June.


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Monday 5th january 2015

MONDAY 5th January 2015, the choir’s first rehearsal of the new year. The second £25 installment of the annual subscription is due today.

gabriel faureWe will start learning Faure’s Requiem. Here is a YouTube link  – just one of many recordings of this beautiful piece.

If you would like to practice at home Donna suggested http://www.cyberbase.com and the Requiem link is here

We will be performing it with Wem Community Choir in April, provisionally the Sunday after Easter at St Peter and St Pauls, Wem, but firm details will follow.


The choir will be performinig at a wedding on May 16th and our repertoire has yet to be decided. This is the same day as the annual ‘Singing For Fun Day’ when the theme will be gospel music.


Photographs of some choir members performing carols at Sainsbury’s can be seen in following posts that have been transferred from the original blog on Googles’ Blogspot. The choir raised nearly £60 in just two hours for The Beechtree Community Centre.

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The choir will be having its annual social/meal on Tuesday 20th January and details will have been emailed to you by Margaret who is taking bookings. She and Pat have found a new venue with a set menu to order from.