11 AUGUST 2017

Dear All

Lovely singing again on Wednesday night. Bravo!  A special treat next week (as a reward maybe).  We have been offered a trial wedding cake for the cost of the ingredients.  (By which is meant a trial wedding-cake, NOT a trial-wedding cake. At least, I assume that is what is meant.) It is coffee and cardamom with chocolate ganache filling and orange butter icing. It's HUGE and will be the devil to serve but it’ll be there next week and you are welcome to treat yourself to a slice or two.  Cost per slice will be £1.50.  Bring a Tupperware container if you want to take some away too.


Saturday 9 September: Singing at Stourhead.  More details to follow.

Sunday 24 September:  Holnest Country Fayre. Rylands Farm, nr Sherborne.  2.00 – 2.45.  (In aid of the Future Roots project)  Look it up on http://www.futureroots.net/  

Future Roots Care Farm, Dorset


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Wednesday 27 September: At last - our long awaited Bring-a-Friend Day.  Four or five new songs for regulars and newcomers alike.  More details later.

Friday 15 December: 2.15 Christmas entertainment for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies.  Durweston Village Hall.  (Durweston is the home of lots of traditional Dorset carols, so watch this space!)


Karen’s choral piece “Heartwood” is being performed at Springhead on Sunday 15 October as part of their conference on ash trees.    Three performances starting at 12.00 midday.  Everyone welcome. Karen mentioned it to us a while back and a few people have already come forward to take part.  It's a processional with walking and singing across fields so should appeal particularly to the hale and hearty amongst us!   It is open to everyone, so if you know of anyone who might be interested do put them in touch. More details below on  “Singers Call”


Heartwood celebrates the ecological and cultural value of ash trees in our landscape.  Performances will take will take place on October 15th   2017 at Springhead http://www.springheadtrust.org.uk/  and will be the culmination of a national conference on ash trees.  It will be a really exciting and unusual event!!  

The work is an acapella choral piece combined with the sounds of an amplified ash tree.  It is an outdoor promenade performance and requires people to walk and sing, so a degree of fitness is required!  The score is of medium difficulty.  

Rehearsal wise, there are possible rehearsals at Springhead on Sunday 10th September 3.00 –6.00 and Sunday 24th September 6.00 –9.00.  The piece will also be taught on Tuesday rehearsals at Palida choir, Shaftesbury Arts Centre throughout September 7.30 –9.00pm and there is the option of joining in with some of these. (http://www.palidachoir.com/)  Springhead also have an open day on July 16th and people are welcome to come along, enjoy the gardens and find out more about Heartwood (I’ll be there to present the piece at 4.00pm). Recorded rehearsal tracks are provided.  

Please contact Karen Wimhurst at karen@karenwimhurst.co.uk  tel. 01747 850978 for more details. 


Following on from the productions of Joseph and Godspell, there is to be a production of Rock Nativity on 7, 8 and 9 December in St Mary’s Motcombe and St Peter’s and St James’ in Shaftesbury.  All are welcome to take part.  There will be an initial interest meeting on Tuesday 22 August at 7.30 p.m. in Motcombe Church.   Thereafter, rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings.  Tell your friends too!


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