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
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.
With the Choir’s departure from the Island being on a 4am ferry on Sunday morning, the dilemma for the folks going on tour is whether that means having a sleep before leaving (making it tomorrow) or staying up through the night (making the first day of tour today!).
The weather looks good for next week in Angers and Nantes. We’ll be blogging on here while we are away to keep you all up-to-date on happenings.
On Thursday we gave our warm-up concert at Cowes Baptist Church, which was a great occasion. The audience joined in well and gave us very warm applause, almost as warm as the church was! The collection for charities raised over £200 for Frontline and the Isle of Wight Foodbank.
It is nearly 10 days until we depart (not at a pleasant time, instead a 4am Wightlink ferry from Fishbourne), and just a week until we do a pre-tour concert at Cowes Baptist Church at 7pm (not 7:30pm, as this post said before). Anyone is welcome, tickets are free, with retiring collection for charity. It will be a great and uplifting concert. Do not fear to come in case we are a little rusty before tour, we’ll be totally on form. We hope to see many folks there.
On mention of the ferry, many thanks to Wightlink who are supporting out travel on tour with their community sponsorship scheme.
The Choir are singing at Cowes Churches Carols ‘Cause We Care service on Thursday evening. We are singing some songs on our own, and the congregation will be joining in with some of the traditional carols. The service will have a retiring collection in aid of Frontline and the Isle of Wight Foodbank. It starts at 7pm at Cowes Methodist Church, Birmingham Road.
The running order is (those underlined are just the Choir):
Ding Dong Merrily on High
O little town of Bethlehem
Mistletoe and Wine
In the bleak midwinter
Only a Winters Tale
Hark! the herald angels sing
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
O Come all ye faithful
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Over the Christmas period we are giving only two ‘proper’ concerts: the main one at Medina Theatre and another at Cowes Methodist Church called Carols ‘Cos We Care. It is for two charities: Isle of Wight Foodbank and Frontline. Here is the poster for the concert with the details:
Feel free to download the poster and use it to advertise the concert.
Please come along and enjoy our Christmas cheese and crackers repertoire and help support these two fine, local charities.
Don’t forget that if you want to see the Choir during December but can’t make either this concert or the Medina Theatre one on 12th December, we are appearing at various places on and off the Island, and full details can be found on the Events page.
An audience member took some photos of the Choir during our recent concert at Cowes Methodist Church. It gives a flavour of us in action.