This weekend the Choir will be singing at their first event of the Christmas 2017 season. It’s always a busy month, and even though we’ve been practising since the balmy days of September, it’s great to show off our Christmas repertoire to lovely audiences. Your first chance to hear us and get into the Christmas spirit is at Cowes Baptist Church’s German Market. We’re singing there on Sunday afternoon between 12pm and 1:30pm. The event is on all weekend, and they have got some super local producers and vendors, along with gluhwein to warm you up. More info on their Facebook page.
It’s also a special gig for us because the Baptist Church is where we have our Monday rehearsals, so it’s great to support their events and give performances there.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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
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:
This week was the first rehearsal for our Christmas season, singing carols in a warm September’s evening. It marks the end of our summer ‘off’, although a summer break for this Choir has not happened for many years. This summer we’ve had two weddings, a recital to feature in, and given the only performance at the cancelled Classic Isle event. That’s meant rehearsals have continued through the holidays. Next summer will be as busy, with the next tour to France in the planning for 2017.
So a big welcome to our new members, and here’s to a great Christmas 2016 season.
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.
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.
Details below. It will be the usual mix of great music and fantastic entertainment. Book your tickets now!
It is only just under two weeks until our Christmas concert. It is sure to be as fabulous as ever, but this year there is a twist, which is going to have the audience both going ‘awh’ and laughing in turn. It will feature a world premiere too. So book your tickets from Medina Theatre now!
It’s still August, so sorry for bringing up the topic of Christmas. While everyone still hopes for an indian summer, the Choir will be restarting rehearsals in the middle of September. Our main Choir concert will be on 2nd December at Medina Theatre with the theme of ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and it will bring some surprises, along with traditional Christmas carols.
Following on from our concert, we are taking part in a charity concert, for Diabetes Research IW, along with Resonate and the Royal Marines Association Concert Band. Again, this is sure to be a fab concert, with rip-roaring Christmas tunes in full brass style, as well as the excellence of Resonate, and ourselves, of course. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Happy New Year to all of our readers and regular followers of the Choir. The members of the Choir were rather dropping like flies just before Christmas with our long festive season schedule, with many folks catching the various bugs going around, so the holidays were a very welcome time for some rest and recuperation. Nevertheless, we still had good numbers of folks at all of our Christmas engagements, creating a fantastic Christmas atmosphere wherever we sang.
After our rest over Christmas and New Year, the Choir restarts rehearsals this week, preparing for our July concert, which will feature music from the movies. There will be many new songs for the Choir to learn. We will also be starting on the repertoire for our summer tour to the Loire Valley in the next couple of months.
In terms of membership, we are still at capacity, and so still have a waiting list for ladies, which is currently about 30 people long. Men who would like to join continue to have the privilege of skipping the waiting list, as in common with many choirs we are always on the lookout for more men to keep the balance of sound.