May It Be

The Choir have been singing Enya’s May It Be since we did our Music from the Movies concert in 2013, and it is very much enjoyed by us all. We used it as part of our gospel rep on tour last summer, and a video of one of those performances is below. This was filmed on a very hot day, when a few plans of places to visit did not come together (due to traffic, mostly), and you cannot tell from the Choir’s performance how hot and tired we were. We gave our usual high standard of concert that evening, and very much enjoyed ourselves.

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 Day

Today we have four hours of singing planned for two major events coming up in our calendar. The first two hours will be spent rehearsing for our tour to France, which is less than a month away (gulp). The second two hours will be dedicated to the classical repertoire for our concert on 16th July (less than two weeks, yikes!). The singathons are often when the blending of the choir really strengthens before a concert and the last few notes sink into the singers memories. It will be good fun, and the weather isn’t so hot today on the Island, so we won’t bake at our rehearsal venue.

Choir Summer Fete

This weekend the Choir is organising a fete at Newport Congregational Church on Pyle Street to help raise funds for the Choir to buy equipment for our concerts. There will be many stalls and activities available. Please come along for some fun and bargains and to help our fantastic Choir continue to thrive.

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Common People Festival Photos

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Yesterday the Choir had a great time backing Fatboy Slim at the Common People festival in Southampton. We sang a mash-up of Right Here, Right Now and Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat, arranged by Hannah Brear, our Musical Director, as well … Continue reading

Gospel Audio Files

For those going on tour, the audio from the last tour is available to download. You’ll need to be registered to get to the page.

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.

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Godspell

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Today the members of the Choir are sailing over the ocean to Southsea to provide the choir for Godspell in Concert at the Kings Theatre. We are hyped for this, and it’s sure to be a great show. If you haven’t got your tickets, then they are 2for1 and you can get all the information on the theatre’s website. There are performances tonight and tomorrow evening at 7:30pm, and a matinee at 2:30pm tomorrow.

We had our final rehearsal yesterday evening with the show’s MD, Russell Scott, and it went well. It’s not the real final rehearsal, so nothing is being jinxed by saying that. The real final rehearsal will be at the theatre. We are prepared and ready to rock for our three shows. We hope to see you there!

Before then we are being interviewed on Radio Solent at 8:15am. Tune in to hear from Hannah Brear, our Musical Director, and Russell Scott.

Rehearsal Files for July 2015 Concert

Audio files for rehearsal are being added to the website, and links will be posted here when new songs are available.

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