26 APRIL 2018

Dear All,

Another really good sing last night!  Special thanks to Elizabeth (tenors) for providing us with a translation of “Rongo Mau”.  Not what we were expecting I am sure.  I have been asked to get a group together to lead the singing and, depending on numbers, do a couple of songs / anthems as part of the annual Churches Together Pentecost service to be held in SHAFTESBURY ABBEY GARDEN which will be at 4 o’clock on SUNDAY 20 MAY.  It goes without saying that members of the community choir are VERY welcome indeed.  I should be able to give you rehearsal details by next week, but if you are interested in taking part, please note the date and time now. [This is the same date (and almost the same place!) as our singing for the Rotary Club’s prostate cancer cycle ride.]  Also, next week, Andrea (altos) will be bringing in the booklets for this year’s Dorset Art Weeks’ events – lots to look forward to there.



Sunday 13 May  Shaftesbury Food Festival  11.00 – 12.00 (12.30)  Shaftesbury Abbey Garden  (30 mins choir only, 30 mins choir & ukes, 30 mins ukes only.)

The set with the ukes will be: Rongo Mau; Feelin’ Groovy; Don't Worry Be Happy; Can't Help Falling in Love; Things (Bobby Darrin); Chattanooga Choo Choo.  

On our own we will singing from the following provisional list: Senzene Na; Sakura; Viva La Musica; I Wish I Knew How; Hippopotamus Song; If there is to be Peace; The Long and Winding Road; Let's Call the Whole Thing Off; Bela Mama.

Sunday 20 May 12.30 Park Walk for Rotary Club’s prostate cancer cycle ride.  The programme will be largely selected from last week’s sets.

Saturday 16 June  Motcombe Fete  2.00 – 2.45.    Please arrive by 1.45.

Wednesday 27 June “Slice of Song” party at Amore

Sunday 1 July   Shaftesbury Fringe and Gold Hill Fair.  Two performances: 11.00 Gospel Sing-a-long with Bell Street Jazz Band (Trinity Centre) and then 1.00 – 1.45 on Park Walk


Saturday 1 September  Cedars Castle Hill garden party, Bimport.



Saturday 5 May  Bournemouth Male Voice Choir.  St Mary’s, Gillingham. 

Tuesday 8 May  12.15 St Gregory’s Church, Marnhull.  Lunchtime organ recital given by Chris Mahon.

Saturday 19 May  Barn Dance with the Hambledon Hopsteps.  Lower Langham Farm, Gillingham. See attached flier.

Sunday 20 May Churches Together Pentecost service.  (See above)

Saturday 16 June  Choral Day at Port Regis directed by Deborah Radford working on pieces from West Side Story etc.  Music provided.  Cost £18.  Details from:deborahradfordchoraldays@gmail.com


Great to see Marcus back with his pop-up pizza bar.  If you want to order in advance, then give him a call on 07787 894110 and your pizza will be waiting for you when you arrive.