What a great evening we had last night with the B Naturals. A couple of fun, energetic warmups and some absolutely superlative singing, both from them and us too of course. Stevie Wonder and Lou Reed have never sounded so good! Julia is ordering the “dots” so you can rest assured Karen, Anne Marie and I will be adding the songs to our repertoire. If you missed it you missed a real treat, but we will be inviting them back so all is not lost. For those that are interested, Nick and Jon run regular workshops including residential courses and you can find out more about these from their website. We are still not sure whether or not we are going to be invited to sing at Stourhead again this summer. No doubt an invitation (if there is one that is) will materialize over the coming weeks. By popular request we are also planning a summer party at Amore (date to be decided). Other dates, including provisional appearances at the Shaftesbury Fringe Festival are listed below. If you haven’t already done so, please put the dates in your diaries.
Unspecified Wednesday sometime soon(ish): Bring-a-friend day. Four or five new songs for regulars and newcomers alike. More details later, but I think we should extend a special invitation to those staff from Guys Marsh who joined us a week or so ago.
Sunday 14 May: Shaftesbury Food and Drink Festival. We have been asked to provide a 45 minute slot. More details later.
Saturday 1 July: Gospel Singalong at the Cattle Market (£5). Shaftesbury Fringe Festival
Sunday 2 July: Singing on Park Walk (partly in conjunction with the ukes) Shaftesbury Fringe Festival
Sunday 23 July: Afternoon concert at St James’ Church.
OTHER DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
until Saturday 22 April: Into the Woods. Milborne Port Opera. Tickets from 07926 983585 orwww.milborneportopera.co.uk. (see flier)
Milborne Port Opera is an amateur operatic society. We perform Gilbert and Sullivan and other light opera in South Somerset every Easter.
Wed 25 – Sat 29 April: Under Milk Wood. Several members of the community choir are taking part in this production so do support us if you possibly can (but NOT on the Wednesday of course). See our website for flier.
also Saturday 29 April: World TaiChi and QiGong DayJoin Men Bao (soprano) and some other familiar faces on Park Walk at 10.00 a.m.
and again on Saturday 29 April: Deverills Performing Arts series: Apollo5. The internationally acclaimed a cappella group will be singing an amazing range of pieces from Renaissance to contemporary, classical to swing. Full details about the group and how to book tickets are on the festival website (deverillsfestival.com)
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Monday 1 May (Bank Holiday Monday): Open afternoon at English Organ School, Milborne Port. 2.00 - 4.00
Sunday 7 May: Maxwell String Quartet at Farrington Hall, Port Regis, at 5.30 p.m Haydn, Ravel, and Beethoven.
This is the final concert of their West Country tour, before going to play in Osaka, Japan. Tickets are selling fast [£15], but some are still available, in advance from Dick (bass) at 01747 853 989, or on the night at the door.
also Sunday 7 May: STUPENDOUS SINGING DAY. If you like the idea of singing together with hundreds of other singers, you won’t want to miss the Dorset Community Choir Festival on at Charlton Down Village Hall (otherwise known as Herrison Hall). Although we won’t be taking part as a choir, several choir members have been in the past and have really loved it. (Talk to Nicola and Linda in the altos amongst others.) Choir leaders include Sarah Pennington (of Gilo ‘n’ Sarah) and Jon Conway (B Naturals). It starts in the early afternoon, followed by an early evening concert in which choirs from across Devon, Dorset and Hampshire will perform from their own repertoire. It's £15 for the whole event, with an additional £10 if you'd like supper. Alternatively if you prefer, you could just go to the concert in the evening - £5 a ticket. Contact Su Lewis for information and tickets. Tel: 01305 776106 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 13 May: Concert by Sturminster Newton Choral Society. (See last week’s newsletter or website for full details)
Sat 10 – Sun 11 June: Singing, Yoga and Massage Weekend, Sete, France. See attached flier and / or visit the website. www.pramchorus.com/inspire
Pram Chorus is a friendly, daytime choir for parents/carers with young children based in Balham, London, UK. Bring your baby and come and join us!
BIG BANG PIZZA
If you want to order a pizza and have it waiting for you before choir on a Wednesday, call 07521 413720.