Community Choir in Whitchurch, Shropshire U.K.


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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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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.

 

 


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Rehearsal 24th November…

We rehearsed a fair number of Christmas carols tonight, a selection of standards, favourites, popular, traditional, modern and familars sums it up! Newer members of the choir have some catching up to do and YouTube would be a good source for this.

Here’s the list of concerts and 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 at 2.30 and Fairfields at 3.30

Several choir members stayed behind for an extra rehearsal to prepare for the Marbury Christmas Party performance on Saturday 6th December, the first in the Christmas programme for this year. Ray and Margaret will be compiling and circulating the running order of carols for the various venues. Not all the carols will be sung at each.

In the absence of any up to date photographs of the choir performing these were taken during rehearsal and will be used for publicising the choir in the local press during the next couple of weeks.

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Two of these photographs and an up to date article have been submitted to The Whitchurch Herald and The North Shropshire Chronicle/Shropshire Star for publication. The running list of Christmas carols and songs has been emailed to choir members by Margaret; choir members performing at Marbury Village Hall on 6th December will need to stay behind rehearsal next Monday for a further run through.