29 NOVEMBER 2018


Dear All,

Great singing again last night.  I’m attaching the MP3 of the recording we made of “Come Descend”.  It’s not at all bad although it does tend to go a bit flat and the acoustics of the Town Hall hardly enhance our sound.  Looking forward to doing it again this coming weekend though.  We’ve got three events lined up (see below) and we’re hopeful for a really good turnout.    

Next week we will be looking at our pieces for the Christmas season.


Saturday 1 December  Singing for Westminster Memorial Hospital (Shaftesbury) at the Quaker Meeting House. 10.30 for 10.45.   Dress code: shades of red above the waist (block colour please, no patterns) and dark or black below.   The weather forecast is dire so we will almost certainly be singing inside.  We will be singing the well-known carols we looked at last night together with Come Descend, Fais Dodo, Hosanna, While Shepherds (Cornish tune) and Ding Dong.  After we’ve sung and enjoyed our coffees and mince pies, we’re invited over the road to Castle Hill House for their bric-a-brac sale and, no doubt, more coffee and mince pies. (See earlier flyer.

Sunday 2 December  Singing for Motcombe Primary School PTA’s Great Santa Run.  10.30 for 10.45  Motcombe Village Hall. Usual dress code and same repertoire as Saturday.  Weather permitting we will be singing outside.  Because of the run, there are going to be road closures in force.  Coming from the Shaftesbury direction, please enter the village by the right turn shortly after Port Regis on the Shaftesbury/Gillingham road.  There will be a road block, but just say you are in the choir and you will be able to park in the Primary School carpark (just before the church).

Monday 3 December  Late Night Shopping.  We have been asked to sing outside the Town Hall from about 5.45 to shortly before 6.20 p.m. Usual dress code. Well-known carols only.  Please assemble outside the Town Hall at 5.30.

Wednesday 19 December  Christmas celebration.

Saturday 22 December   Carol singing in the town centre followed by coffee and mince pies.  Raising money for research into Parkinson’s Disease.  More details to follow.

Wednesday 26 December  NO PRACTICE

Wednesday 2 January New Year Party

Friday 7 June  Concert at St James Church.


THIS WEEKEND: Saturday 1 December  Selections from Handel’s Messiah and other pieces.  Gillingham Singers.  7.30 p.m. St Mary’s Church, Gillingham.  See earlier flyer.

Saturday 8 December  Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.   See earlier flyer.

Sunday 9 December  Wincanton Choral Society Messiah.  See earlier flyer. Tickets available from Mary or Linda (sopranos) or Jan (tenor).

Saturday 15 December  Pilgrim Singers, Rejoice at Christmas.  Wincanton.  See earlier flyer


I have received a lovely message from the organisers of last week's concert, thanking us very much for our contribution.  It was a bit of a marathon I thought - quite enough items for two concerts really - but many of the items were quite exceptional and I thought we acquitted ourselves very well indeed.  Congratulations.  I hope those that stayed the course and joined in the Hallelujah Chorus felt it was worth it.   £2,000 was raised for repairs to St. Edward’s church.