18 AUGUST 2017


Dear All

Small numbers last night but some brilliant singing nonetheless.  Julie’s trial-wedding cake / trial wedding-cake was spectacular too.  Thankyou for allowing us to be your guinea pigs and, in addition, enabling us to celebrate Julia’s birthday and the success of Clare’s (soprano) courageous Cancer Research sky-dive with such style.  Clare has already raised well in excess of £1,500.  Photos of the cake (+ Julia) and Clare attached.

It has been suggested that the choir might like to raise money to help the people of Sierra Leone caught up in the devastating mudslide outside the capital, Freetown.   One idea has been to sing one morning in the town centre.  When we did something similar for the tsunami in the Philippines a few years ago it raised several hundred pounds. Please come armed with your ideas next week.


Saturday 9 September: Singing at Stourhead.  Arrive 11am (approx.) Sing: 11.30-12.00; 12.30-1.00 and 2.00-2.30. Tea, coffee and of course scones will be provided afterwards. Our programme will be selected from the following (most of which have a seasonal / times of day / nature / food theme): Let the Sunshine, Hold On, Sunshine Fire and Rain, Java Jive, Let’s call the whole thing off, Follow the Heron, Wake Up, Tree of life, Anthem, My Little Cup, Evo Banke, Morning has come, Green Man, Throw It Away, It don't mean a thing, Run Rabbit Run.

Entry is free for all choir members but please bring NT membership cards if you have them. If anyone is bringing along family or friends for support then they will need to pay for their own entry to the property or show their NT membership cards if they are members.  Dress code: shades of red.

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


The idea of Future Roots was founded by Julie Plumley in 2006. She grew up on a dairy farm in Dorset, and qualified as a social worker … read more...


Wednesday 27 September: 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!)


Tuesday 22 August: (next week) Interest meeting for the production of “Rock Nativity” on 7, 8 and 9 December. 7.30 p.m. in Motcombe Church.   See last week’s newsletter for more details.

Saturday 9 September: (same day as Stourhead) Gillingham Walking Festival - Cheese and Wine Evening.  See attached flier.

Sunday 15 October Karen’s choral piece “Heartwood” at Springhead. See last week’s newsletter for more details.


If you are registered with i-player you should be able to see the wonderful choir from Riga in Latvia which both opened the Rachmaninov Proms the other day and which also sang between the performance of Rach’s third piano concerto (one of my favourites) and his second symphony.  I particularly liked the way the opening singing led straight into the concerto.  The link below should work.




The link below, which will be of interest to ALL, is an article from The Times last week.




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