Community Choir in Whitchurch

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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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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♥ 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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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.

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Philip Walker was also out and about with his camera.

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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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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 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.


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.



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Rehearsal 17th November…

We are now rehearsing carols for various forthcoming performances. Four of the carols will be performed without keyboard accompaniment and in additon to soprano, alto and bass harmonies there will be some tenor and descant elements. Donna thinks that the choir has developed and grown to facilitate this which is exciting.

Here’s the shedule so far –

Forthcoming carol Concerts & Performances

SATURDAY 6th December – Marbury Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party, Marbury Village Hall 7.30pm to entertain

SUNDAY 14th December  – Sainsbury’s supermarket 2 – 4pm

TUESDAY 16th December – Senior Citizens’ Club in the afternoon

FRIDAY 19th December – Hospital Crib Service in the afternoon

SATURDAY 20th December – Town Centre in the morning and in the afternoon from 2.30pm Prospect House in Malpas

MONDAY 22nd December – Greenfields in the afternoon and Fairfields early evening

Don’t forget that David and Dorne Quipp have invited choir members to join them on 23rd November at their renewal of marriage vows service, see invitation below.

There has been very positive feedback about the choir’s performance last Friday at St Alkmund’s, people in the audience having commented on how proficient the choir has become and the fun of joining in at the end with ‘When the saints…’

Our piano accompanist last Friday was Pam Pickford who seamlessly took the reins from Donna so she could conduct; Pam was spot on so a VERY BIG THANK YOU; she passed on via Donna how well she thought the men sang so WELL DONE BLOKES!

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Publicity for the choir, specifically forthcoming performances needs to be done but as there are currently no up to date photographs it has been suggested that I take photographs of the choir in rehearsal this Monday, 24th November. If any choir members had friends or family in the audience at last Friday’s concert who took photographs perhaps they would be kind enough to email me some which I could use when I contact local newspapers.

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Monday 3rd November’s rehearsal…

We had the chance to run through the whole of our Rogers & Hammerstein medley of songs quite a few times, focussing on those parts where the piano accompaniment is a little tricky.

Rehearsal as usual next Monday evening, 10th November, with an extra pre-concert rehearsal in the church on Thursday 13th at 7pm.

Everyone to wear choir uniform and it’s anticipated that we will be sitting in the body of the church and will stand up when it’s our turn to perform.


There are a lot of Christmas carol performances coming up, seven so far, and an invitation to sing at Dorne and Dave’s renewal of marriage vows on 23rd November at Little Budworth Church.

Donna is going to select who sings at each of the carol concerts so that the audience at some of the venues will not feel overwhelmed.

  • SATURDAY 6th December – Marbury Senior Citizens Christmas Party, at the Village Hall, those of us going along to entertain them need to be there for 7.30pm

  • SUNDAY 14th December (to be confirmed, it may yet be rearranged for Saturday 13th) – Sainsbury’s supermarket 2 – 4pm

  • TUESDAY 16th December – Senior Citizens’ Club in the afternoon (Pearl Yard)

  • FRIDAY 19th December – Whitchurch Cottage Hospital Crib Service in the afternoon

  • SATURDAY 20th December – Town Centre in the morning and in the afternoon from 2.30pm Prospect House Nursing Home in Malpass

  • MONDAY 22nd December – Greenfields (liverpool Road) in the afternoon and Fairfields (Chester Road) early evening