Category Archives: concerts

Crazy Christmas

As usual the Choir has a packed Christmas schedule. We’re all over the Island this season (even the mainland!), so be sure to come out and hear us sing. Our main gig should be the best Christmas concert you’ve ever heard!

Monday 5th – singing carols with the Salvation Army Band in Man in the Moon, Newport 7-9pm
Saturday 10th – concert at All Saints, Ryde, in the evening, 7:30pm (tickets £5 on the door)
Friday 16th – at Gunwharf Quays 6-7pm
Sunday 18th – concert at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic church, Pyle Street, Newport, 2:30pm
Monday 19th – evening singalong at the Duke of York, Cowes
Christmas Eve – a private performance in a hotel in Sandown

Christmas 2016 MP3 files

For members of the Choir, rehearsal MP3 files are available to download on the website. You’ll need to know the member password to access them. The songs available are:

 

Jezza K has Left the Building

The Choir put on another superb show, with fantastic assistance from the Red Tie Theatre Company, last night (even if we say so ourselves). We had great fun singing a real mix of songs, from The Jacksons to Hozier, via The Beautiful South and Madonna. There were plenty of laughs at the awkward social observations of the Jezza K participants. Curious to find out what happened? Maybe there will be a chance to get your own copy soon.

Choir at Jezza K concert

Yikes, it’s Jezza K!

It’s just over a week to our summer concert – Jezza K the Musical. It’s another mix of comedy and fantastic songs. Tickets are available from Medina Theatre and, as is usual for the Choir, are very reasonably priced for an evening of entertainment.

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Just in from Russell Watson!

“A National Treasure!” – Ken Bruce, BBC Radio 2

Medina Community Choir will be performing Songs From The Heart with Russell Watson at
Shanklin Theatre on Monday 18th July 2016

2015 was a phenomenal year for Russell Watson, with a sell-out UK tour, special guest performances at

US National Memorial Day in Washington DC singing live to 350,000 people, the Caracalla Unicef Concert in Rome and BBC Proms In the Park – a staggering total of 92 live performances!

Russell’s career to date has seen some incredible achievements; his debut album ‘The Voice’ held simultaneous number 1 slots in the US and UK (a world first), spending a record breaking 52 weeks at number 1 in the UK. Russell has sold in excess of 7 million albums and won 4 Classical BRITS.

This year Russell will be recording a brand new album at Ennio Morricone’s studio in Rome. The album will include several original pieces co-written by Russell himself, and he will be joined by an impressive line-up of supporting musicians. Together with the magnificent orchestras of The Vatican and La Scala, Russell will be accompanied by Nigel Harrison (Blondie), Clive Deamer (Radiohead, Portishead), Danny Robinson, (Jimi Hendrix foundation), Mikey Rowe (Oasis, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying birds), and Gregory Darling (Julian Lennon).

The ‘Songs From The Heart’ tour will feature a stunning collection of our best loved songs, plus an exclusive preview of selected tracks from the forthcoming studio album.

Russell has always been a strong supporter of community choirs, especially after his time as a judge on the BBC prime time show ‘Last Choir Standing’. Russell enjoyed being part of the show immensely and as a result, last year’s Up Close & Personal tour featured local community choirs at each show. Following the success of the choirs last year, Russell is once again inviting local choirs to join him on stage.

“Last year’s choirs brought an added energy to the show, something you can only achieve when a range of voices come together as one, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to perform with local choirs once again this year” ~ Russell

Captivating to watch and enchanting to listen to, Russell continues to wow audiences with his enigmatic and entertaining live performances.

“He sings like Pavarotti, and entertains the audience like Sinatra” – NY Times

For more information about Medina Community Choir please email

contact@medinacommunitychoir.org.uk

For tickets please call the box office on 01983 868 000 or visit shanklintheatre.com

Beached Whales Concert

Today we sang with a choir from Denmark, whose name translates as the Beached Whales. A rather amusing name in English, but roughly means that same in Danish, a helpless stranded person. As this choir is from a sailing club, in the winter months they sing, and feel like helpless whales away from the sea.

The concert was in St Catherine’s Church in Ventnor, a fantastic venue on a lovely sunny day. The songs were a real mixture, covering 7 languages, as well as many genres: classical, gospel, Danish folk, sea songs, and show music. We all had great fun, as did the audience. To close the concert the two choirs sang together, giving a powerful rendition of Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus.

Beached Whales photo

More Christmas!

Last weekend we had three performances – Waitrose’s Christmas evening, a carol concert at Quay Arts and our main concert at Medina Theatre. You might think that with all that effort we were done for the Christmas season, but think again, you still have a chance to hear the Choir sing beautiful carols.

Tomorrow evening we’re helping the Duke of York pub in Cowes celebrate the turning on of their Christmas tree lights. The singing starts at 6pm.

On Monday evening we are performing our full carol concert at Ventnor Baptist Church on Pier Street, at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £5.

We hope to see you at one of these events.

Busy Weekend

Last night a few members of the Choir sang at Waitrose’s Christmas event in East Cowes. As well as singing in their foyer, we also tried some flash mobs around their store, and also tucking into the samples they had on offer. Very tasty.

This afternoon we are singing with the NHS Nightingale choir at the Quay Arts centre in Newport. This is a traditional Christmas Carol concert, so if you want to get into the mood of the season, this is a definite must. The concert starts at 2:30pm, perfect if you are looking for something to do this afternoon.

Tomorrow is our main concert at Medina Theatre. We’re really pleased that tickets are selling well. If you want to come and along for our ecclectic mixture of modern and traditional with some crazy reindeer and spacemen as well, then quickly ring up Medina Theatre to book your tickets.

By Sunday evening we’ll all be exhausted but will have given our audiences lots of fun and good singing.

Main Christmas Concert

Details below. It will be the usual mix of great music and fantastic entertainment. Book your tickets now!

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A Busy Summer So Far

The past couple of weeks have finally brought some wonderful sunny weather to the Isle of Wight, and the Choir have been busy taking advantage. Recently we sang, outdoors, at Yarmouth Primary’s fund raising fair called a Caribbean Jump Up, which was in aid of the school and their partner school in Grenada. The Choir sang a set of gospel music and had great fun with coping with the wind and a low hanging branch poking some people in the head. This was the first time the Choir has performed in Yarmouth, and it was very enjoyable, especially the curry that many of the people singing had afterwards.

Before that event, the Choir took part in a World War 1 commeration concert with the Sandown and Shanklin Military Band at Holy Trinity Church in Ventnor. It was a night of great music and some members of the Choir joined the Band in a performance of Tequila, with well-timed shouts.

Coming up, the Choir are singing at a wedding in Northwood this weekend, and early in July we have our semi-regular singathon. The venue for the singathon this year is the Quay Arts Centre in Newport, who are very generously supporting the Choir with rehearsal space and a venue for a Choir social afterwards. We’re looking forward to using this fantastic venue for our monster practice session to hone our knowledge of the repertoire for the Sing a Rainbow concert on July 17th.