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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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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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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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.