This was a wonderfully unconventional Christmas concert with a new Thomas the Tank Engine story, specially written by choir member, Katie Fforde and her sister, Jane Gordon-Cumming – beautifully narrated by Dominic Cotter from BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
The church was full and almost £2,000 was raised to fund upkeep and repairs on this beautiful and treasured building.
Being just a few days before Christmas this year’s concert was especially Christmassy. The choir went to town with their Christmas Jumpers (and other accessories!) and the festive music flowed.
The music was punctuated by two festive readings – which were both entertaining and funny.
There was also a wonderful opportunity to hear Tim Ingold play a festive piece on St Laurence’s beautiful organ – with seasonal percussion!
The choir sang from its existing Christmas repertoire and added some new pieces including two by Alexander L’Estrange – Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is coming to town.
The full programme can be found here
Our summer concert was held at All Saints Church in the beautiful village of Selsley. The programme contained a host of acapella pieces which suited the church’s wonderful acoustics, these included pieces by Elgar and Delius which were new to the choir as well as our old favourites ‘Summertime’ arranged by Michael Castle and a spectacular arrangement of Waltzing Matilda by Jonathan Rathbone.
A wonderful array of cakes were served with tea during the interval to round off a wonderful summers afternoon.
We had a really productive workshop in April, practicing techniques for using our mouths correctly to make the various vowel sounds. We also did some exercises to help our breathing and establish correct use of our diaphragm and tummy muscles – all of which had an astonishing effect on our singing! (Now we just have to keep it up…)
Thanks Hayley for hosting the day and to everyone who baked scrummy cakes.
Our Summer Concert, at Woodchester Priory was a great success with cream teas, summer dresses and a wonderfully warm selection of music. The concert was in aid of local charity, Hope for Tomorrow and the £645 raised will go towards their appeal for a new mobile chemotherapy unit for Gloucestershire.