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MP3 files for Christmas 2017

The plan for our next concert is to create several MP3 versions of the notes to sing-along to. This post will have the links added to it as new songs are uploaded. The pages for these files are only available to Choir Members.

The songs available are:

Down to the River to Pray

I’ve just uploaded a clip of the Choir singing Down to the River to Pray in Chamalieres-sur-Loire while on tour in summer. It seems a long time ago now. The odd thing about the night of this concert was that the heavens had opened and it was exceptionally wet, a merciful respite from the heat of the previous few days. I hope you enjoy the singing.

Autumn Concerts Now Posted

Our autumn 2015 events are now posted on our Events page. We are busy, with three concerts, and also one wedding. While one concert is already sold out (Russell Watson, exciting), it’s still early days for getting tickets for our other two concerts, so please support the Choir and book yours now. Whichever of our concerts you come to, you are sure to have a great time.

Singathon April 2013

We are gathering in the church for this season’s singathon. It’s sunny weather outside and probably the best weather of the year so far and we’re giving up time outside to raise money for the Lottie Rann Trust. Right now we’re doing the all important warmup.

10:15
Anyone for a tea break?
Unfortunately for the two hours our pianist, Richard, cannot make it and so Hannah is having to play the piano while conducting, which is tricky. We are soldiering on, though.

11:30
We have had a tea break after tackling three songs and we’re back at it and with good old Circle of Life. We also some guests who have stopped by to hear us rehearse and have cuppa and cake, all in aid of Lottie Rann Trust.

12:05
Four more songs done and now we move to a staggered lunch. Somehow the sopranos get to go first, the rest of us hope there will be some sandwiches left!

12:55
There were plenty of sandwiches left! Now we are working through the beautiful but tricky Shenandoah.

13:45
Several more songs done and a tea break involving scones with jam and cream. This means that we’re stuffed and the rest of the singing may be laboured.

14:30
We’re into the home strait and Lottie’s aunt and cousin have to see us.

15:15
On to the last stretch, and we’ve been through just about all of the songs we need to practice for the tour. This isn’t the only time we will rehearse those songs, there will be plenty more rehearsals in preparation for tour. We are hopeful of having raised a good sum for Lottie, the main aim of today.

Hello from Surrey

Yesterday we had a mammoth sing-a-thon rehearsal, lasting six hours and today we are on the mainland. We have just finished a couple of chilly sessions singing at Polesden Lacey. We used a mixture of modern and traditional songs, but the one that probably got the biggest applause was Jingle Bells (it always does). We sang in the semi outdoors environment of an open marquee with the very distracting smells of a bbq cooking sausages. The passing crowds were appreciative and there were a couple of lovely comments from members of the choir who were doing the later slot. It’s a fun trip coming over even with the very early start (7:15 at Medina College). Now we have a quick trip into Guildford for either a relaxing drink after the hard work of the weekend, or a spot if Christmas shopping.

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

It’s still a few weeks until Christmas but the lights are going up and the nights are getting long. To help get you in the mood, we’ve uploaded a clip from our concert at East Cowes Town Hall last year to Youtube. It features the Choir singing ‘Why Not Buy An Extra Present?’, which is not a common Christmas song but has good harmonies and the message is an important one.

Yikes – More Changes to the Website

Eventually there will be more updates here about performances (less than two weeks until our appearance at the Isle of Arts Festival with Lesley Garrett), but this is another quick post describing some changes on the website.

I’ve discovered how to change the picture in the top banner, and it is now a photo taken by Steve Thearle during a Christmas concert in St James Church in East Cowes in 2009. There are clips on Youtube of the Choir singing Rutter’s Jesus Child and Ding Dong Merrily on High at that same concrt.

Also, I’ve added a new page with information about songs we’ve performed in the past, and some we are preparing for future concerts. This shows the versatility of the Choir and the breadth of pieces we’ve sung. In fact, as a dry list it doesn’t really scratch the surface, with pieces varying between two, three or eight part harmonies, those for small groups, or large a capella arrangements.

I don’t think there is much more to add about the Choir or our history, other than the usual updates to the site about concerts, so I expect (hope?) there will be no more blog updates on website changes.