Dear All,

It was good to celebrate last night’s blue moon with an appropriate song and, of course, to observe Burns Night a week earlier.  A pity that “Robin Adair” wasn’t actually by Burns, the tune was Irish and the song largely set in Bath!  Minor details.  Just in case the sadness of the words might have caused some distress though, Tess (alto) reliably informs us that the actual poet, Lady Caroline Keppel, did in fact get Master Robin at the end of the day.  “Slow Train” is harder than I had expected and progress is proving to be rather slow.  We’ll give it a couple more weeks though and see how it shapes up.  

In the meantime, you might like to click on this link, which is how our version could sound one day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0bfRvfW3WA   

King's Singers 'Slow Train' Flanders & Swann


King's Singers 'Slow Train' Flanders & Swann From a 1977 LP. I haven't found this on YT before, and it is such a lovely arrangement and beautifully performed I ...



There are no immediate choir events although arrangements are underway for the Food Festival, Shaftesbury Fringe (another Gospel singalong maybe) and Gold Hill Fair together with a new community event on Castle Hill (probably in October) and, in case you think it had been forgotten, another “Slice of Song” at Amore.  Watch this space as details are firmed up.


Saturday 3 February   Sunny Side of Swing.  Shroton Village Hall.  See attached flier.

Sunday 11 February   Afternoon Tea.   A delightful opportunity for those living with dementia and their carers. Please let any local affected people and their carers know about the informal concert which the Mayor is hosting especially for them. Tea will be served and some of the music will be to sing along to - we know how good singing is good for the brain. The concert is at 3 p.m. in the Town Hall. To book, phone the Town Hall on 852420. We are grateful to the mayor for his kindness.  The cost is an optional donation.    See attached flier.

Tuesday 13 February   Interest evening at Shaftesbury Arts Centre for anyone considering taking part in “Mack and Mabel”, this year’s summer musical.  7.30 p.m.  See previous newsletter.

Friday 16 February  Grand Charity Quiz at the Olive Bowl in Gillingham.  6.30 p.m. for 7.00 p.m.  See previous newsletter.

Saturday 10 March  Concert given by Salisbury Orchestra.  7.30 p.m.  City Hall.  See attached flier.

Sunday 25 March  Concert by given by Shaftesbury Orchestra.  7.30 p.m. Port Regis School.  FREE.  See attached flier.