27 JUNE 2019

Dear All

We have been generously thanked for our performances by the organisers of both the St James’ Festival and Motcombe Fete.  Our concert for the former was a 50/50 split and just over £240 has now been banked by Tracey.  Motcombe Fete made an incredible £10,000 and the organisers there have offered to make a donation towards our running costs or, if we prefer, something more specific.  Next week we will be brushing up songs from our summer “pad” in readiness for Gold Hill Fair and, if time, continuing learning Riverside and In My Life.


Sunday 7 July Shaftesbury Fringe / Gold Hill Fair.  12.30 – 1.30 Park Walk.

Saturday 13 July  Shaftesbury Primary School Fete   12.00 – 12.45

Saturday 7 September Singing at Castle Hill Garden party

Saturday 14 September  Entertainment for the Shaftesbury-Brionne Exchange.  St Peter’s Church.  More details later.   However, Karen would some offers of hospitality for our French visitors for Friday and Saturday night.


Quite a lot of choir members are involved in events other than our own at the Fringe and GHF. Here are a few that I know about. (Please send me a flyer for anything that I might have missed and I will make sure it’s attached to next week’s newsletter.)

Friday 5 July 

Stirred Into Dreams.  Assembly Room, Grosvenor Arms.  7.00 p.m.  Pass-the-Hat.    See attached flyer.

Tony Hawkins and Friends.  St Peter’s Church 7.30 – 9.00.  Donations on the door

Saturday 6 July 

Raise Your Voice sing-a-long hosted by Planet Shaftesbury. Trinity Centre 10.00 – 11.00.  £5 per adult / family.  Children free.   See attached flyer

Everything Stops for Tea.  The Sylvafield Singers.  5.00 – 6.00 Gold Hill Museum.  Pass-the-Hat

Sunday 7 July 

Ukeshack Song Arrangements  11.00-12.00 Gold Hill Museum.  Pass-the-Hat

Palida Choir  Grosvenor Arms Courtyard  3.30 – 4.15   Free

Bell Street Jazz Band  Angola.  4.00 – 6.00  Free

Phoenix Café Orchestra  4.45 – 5.30  Gold Hill Museum.  Pass-the-Hat.  See attached flyer.


If enough of us wanted to go, we thought it would be a good idea to turn Ninebarrow’s concert at Springhead into a choir picnic. It’s a public event of course but, weather permitting, there will be ample room for us to stake a pitch in the grounds and generally share hospitality. I will take orders next week but Linda (soprano) has tickets and will have them the week after if you’d like to buy them directly from her.   For more information generally please see  https://www.springheadtrust.org.uk/events/

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Sunday 30 June (this weekend)  Pilgrim Singers. Wincanton.  “Music at the Manor”. See earlier flyer.

Wed – Sat 10-13 & 17-20 July  Spamalot.  Shaftesbury Arts Centre.  With some well-known faces in the cast and Ingrid (alto) and Richard (bass) in the band, what could be better?  See earlier flyer.

Saturday 27 July Jazz Picnic with Pete Allen in aid of Hope and Homes for Children.   http://www.hhc-sw.com    One of the greatest New Orleans style jazz clarinettists in the UK.    6pm - Dinton Village Hall .Tickets £21.00 from Chris on 01747 858016

Sunday 28 July Tea Party in aid of Hope and Homes for Children.  3-6pm at Dinton Village Hall   http://www.hhc-sw.com  Tickets from Chris on 01747 858016 - £10 (£5 children) to include… Scones, cream and jam PLUS croquet and classic cars to admire.


Please remember to bring your own mug for tea / coffee on a Wednesday.  Our faithful band of washer-uppers are having to work overtime these days and it would be much easier if we all took dirty mugs home with us!