5 APRIL 2018

Dear All,

I really enjoyed yesterday evening – I hope you had as good a time as I did!  Particular thanks to Yuko (soprano) for suggesting we celebrate the Japanese cherry blossom festival and for her lovely rendition of “Sakura, Sakura”.  We’ll be doing verse 2 next week.  In the meantime do look at some of the many recordings (and videos) that are available on Youtube and elsewhere.  There are also several versions of “Senzeni na” which I thought was particularly moving and a fitting tribute to Martin Luther King.   We’ve got quite a lot of choir events over the summer.  Do make sure you have them in your diaries so that we can put on a good show.  Incidentally, I think I said “Viva la musica” was in Latin.  I stand corrected - it isn’t.   It’s Spanish but by the German composer Michael Praetorius (1571 – 1621).  Very odd.  Also, Tess (alto) tells me that the composer Vaughan Williams, on first hearing “Bushes and Briars”, was recorded as having said that he had felt he had known the song all his life.


Sunday 13 May  Shaftesbury Food Festival  (with ukes) Shaftesbury Abbey Garden

Sunday 20 May 12.30 Park Walk for Rotary Club’s prostate cancer cycle ride

Saturday 16 June  Motcombe Fete

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 early afternoon on Park Walk

Saturday 1 September  Cedars Castle Hill garden party, Bimport.



until Sat 7 April Milborne Port Opera.  Trial By Jury and The Murder at Shakerley House.  See previous newsletter.

Friday 6 April Spring Concert (flute and piano] at Gillingham Methodist Church.  FREE.   See previous newsletter.

Saturday 7 April  Sing Your Heart Out.  Workshop with Gilo and Sarah.  Cranborne.  See attached flier.


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

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