10 MAY 2018

Dear All,

It was a really good sing last night.  Special thanks to Robin for his sparkling ukulele playing.  Our programme for the Food Festival promises to be great fun.  Don’t forget we will be singing most of the same programme the following week for the Rotary Club Cycle Ride too, although the ukes will not be joining us on that occasion.  I am attaching two of the MP3s that we made last night so you can do a bit of practice if you feel insecure about some of the newer pieces.  The others will be up on the website in a couple of days.  Julia is sorting out what we have to do in order to comply with the new data protection legislation that is shortly coming into force.  All choir newsletters are sent “bcc” anyway and with luck it will simply mean that you can just ask to be removed from the choir mailing list rather than have to positively opt into it all over again.  More about this next time. 

Finally, if you are wanting to sing in the Pentecost service, we are having our first rehearsal this evening (Thursday) at 6.30 in the Shearer Room at Bell Street United Church (entrance on Bell Street itself – next to the opticians).


Sunday 13 May (this weekend)  Shaftesbury Food Festival  11.00 – 12.00 (12.30)  Shaftesbury Abbey Garden  (30 mins choir only, 30 mins choir & ukes, 30 mins ukes only.)  Please arrive at 10.30.  Normal dress code (i.e. shades of red above the waist, dark or black below.  No patterned tops please!) 

The set with the ukes will be: Rongo Mau; Feelin’ Groovy; Don't Worry Be Happy; Things; Chattanooga Choo Choo.

On our own we will singing: Senzene Na; 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 (approx – precise time to follow) 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 (backs to the wall and away from all generators and other amplified sound!!)

Saturday 1 September  Cedars Castle Hill garden party, Bimport.


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

Sunday 20 May Churches Together Pentecost Service.  Shaftesbury Abbey Garden 4 o’clock.  (I have been asked to get a group together, to which you are more than welcome to join, both to lead the singing and, depending on numbers, do a couple of songs / anthems as well)  There will be rehearsals on Thursday 10 May (6.30 – 7.15), Thursday 17 May (7.00 – 7.45) and Sunday 20 May (2.45 – 3.30) at the United Church in Bell Street.  Music will be provided for those that want it.

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

Saturday 23 June  Choral Workshop with CitySound Voices, Bath.  See attached flier.


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.