11 MAY 2017

Dear All,

More great singing last night.  Looking forward to Sunday (and the premiere of our Anthem of course) with eager anticipation. (See below)


THIS WEEKEND - Sunday 14 May: Shaftesbury Food and Drink Festival.  11.15 a.m.  Park Walk. 

Please arrive between 11 o’clock and five past.  Usual dress code (ie shades of red above the waist, dark or black beneath.  No patterns please.) 

Programme will consist of (in no particular order): Good New Chariots Comin’, Up Above My Head, Follow the Heron, Dvorak Anthem, Java Jive, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, Hold On, Morning Has Come, Bela Mama and Plovi Barko. 

Unspecified Wednesday sometime VERY soon: Bring-a-friend day.  Four or five new songs for regulars and newcomers alike.  More details later.

Saturday 1 July: Gospel Singalong at the Cattle Market (£5) as part of Shaftesbury Fringe Festival

Sunday 2 July: Singing on Park Walk (partly in conjunction with the ukes) again as part of the Shaftesbury Fringe Festival

Sunday 23 July: Afternoon concert at St James’ Church. 3 o’clock.  Followed by afternoon tea.


Fri 12 – Sun 14 May: St. Mary's Church (Motcombe) is having a Flower Festival this Weekend to raise money. The arrangements are representing musical melodies and there are 36 local organisations submitting.  See attached flier.

Saturday 13 May: Concert by Sturminster Newton Choral Society.  (See our website for full details)

Thursday 18 May: Shreen Harmony and guests in a concert in memory of Val Amos (who was a founder member of the Shaftesbury Community Choir too).    Gillingham Methodist Church.  See attached flier

Sunday 21 May: Wincanton Choral Society concert.  Carmen and other opera choruses. 

TUESDAY 23 May: Gillingham Singers “The Sprig of Thyme”.  St James’ Church.  See attached flier.

Fri 26 – Sat 27 May: Tap Your Trouble Away.  Cabaret Evening with supper at Shaftesbury Arts Centre.  See attached flier


Friday 26 May: Live Music at Marnhull Village Hall in aid of Chernobyl Children’s Life Line. See attached flier.

Bank Holiday Monday 29 May: Springhead Gardens Open. 10 – 5. The cafe will be open for refreshments and light lunches and there will be a variety of stalls including plants, bric a brac, jewellery, art, books and basketware. 

Saturday 10 June: All the Queen’s Men. St. Michael’s Church, Mere.  7.30pm. Tickets £10 from Casa Fina, High Street, Salisbury, online at www.farrantsingers.org or by phone on 01722 324731 or 01747 861212.   (Every summer Queen Elizabeth l travelled about the shires in stately pageantry to be hosted and entertained by members of the aristocracy. With little notice and chaos ensuing, it was said that to have the dainty footfall of the Queen through one’s home was like a whirlwind, a comet and a plague of locusts all rolled into one!  As part of the Mere Festival of Flowers and Music, ‘All the Queen’s Men’ is a fictionalised account, written by Deborah Mackay, of one of these visitations with music by composers from Byrd to Weelkes. See attached flier.

Sat 10 – Sun 11 June: Singing, Yoga and Massage Weekend, Sete, France.  See their website: www.pramchorus.com/inspire

Saturday 1 July: BIG SING DAY at Othona West Dorset with Gilo and Sarah 10am – 5pm£20 including buffet lunchContact Othona to book: 01308 897130 OR mail@othona-bb.org.uk


If you want to order a pizza and have it waiting for you before choir on a Wednesday, call 07521 413720.