23 AUGUST 2018

Dear All,

It has been suggested that choir members might like to know what is in store for them the following week.   From now on I’ll try and publish a provisional list of songs when putting the newsletter together.  Next week it will probably be: Sunshine, Fire and Rain; Te Aroha; O Signore; Wake Up; Call of Wisdom; Isa Lei; That Lonesome Road; Evo Banke. 

In connection with Isa Lei, you might like to look at this recording of the song made by Katie (alto)’s daughter in Fiji earlier this year:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt7FhMJVgBs&feature=youtu.be

Isa Isa (Fijian farewell song) - YouTube

www.youtube.com

25 June 2018 Performed by the students of Naceva District School on Kadavu island.

Finally, and most importantly, next week will be BADGE WEDNESDAY.  Please come wearing a decorative name badge and get to know some new people.

A MESSAGE FROM HEIDI (ALTO)

Many choir members sponsored Heidi’s head shaving in memory of her father a while back.  She writes: “I do not have any sponsored events myself this year, but my mum is being very brave and has booked in to do a Sponsored Tandem Skydive in aid of Cancer Research UK.  Hopefully it will be this Saturday, 25th August. ”   If you would like to support Heidi and her mum you should be able either click or maybe control/click on this link:  https://www.justgiving.com/Ann-Epps?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Ann-Epps&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=NEpBj3VRK.

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Cancer Research UK and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more. Thank you for your support!

Heidi

OTHER EVENTS

Thursday 23 August  Evening view + wine of new work by Tanya Hinton and Nick Andrew.  6.00 – 8.00 at Shaftesbury Arts Centre.  See attached fliers. 

Saturday 25 August  Games Sounds and Morsels  12.00 St. Thomas’ Church, Salisbury (see attached flier)

… also at St. Thomas’ Church and on the same day, “Push”. Yuko, Anne H, Clare H, Sue S  and maybe one or two more choir members are taking part in - the first performance of a remarkable opera.  Full details on  http://bit.ly/2tsT4Rr

Sunday 21 October  The church choir at St Peter’s are holding a hymn marathon on the afternoon of Sunday 21st.   Members of the community choir who would like to swell the ranks would be more than welcome.

9 AUGUST 2018

Dear All,

Some excellent singing last night. “Alleluia” is always good of course, but “Love, Peace and Wisdom” and “Isa Lei” in particular are going to be real showstoppers. Thanks Katherine (tenor) and Lizzie (Katie [alto]’s daughter) for introducing these songs to us.

As you know, choir continues over the summer months of course although we do not have any bookings in the immediate future and, sadly, the event at Cedars/Castle Hill on Saturday 1 September has been CANCELLED.    However, the church choir at St Peter’s are holding a hymn marathon on the afternoon of Sunday 21 October, and I do know that members of the community choir who would like to swell the ranks would be more than welcome.

OTHER EVENTS

Sunday 12 August  “Ninebarrow” at Springhead, Fontmell Magna.  See attached flier.  I’ve heard this duo several times now and their singing is absolutely stunning.

Saturday 25 August  “Push”   St. Thomas’ Church, Salisbury.  Yuko, Anne H, Clare H, Sue S  and maybe one or two more choir members are taking part in the first performance of this remarkable opera.  Full details on  

David

5 JULY 2018

Dear All,

Congratulations on an excellent performance on Park Walk last Sunday.  Memorable for its casualties as well as for its fine singing!  Some fine singing last night too – it was good to revisit some of the songs we’ve not sung for about a year.   With a repertoire of almost 150 songs a few are bound to fall by the wayside.   Choir continues over the summer months of course although we do not have any other “official” booking until Saturday 1 September.  Participating in the proposed hymn marathon at St Peter’s got the thumbs up too, so more details of that as soon as they become available.

COMING CHOIR EVENTS:

Saturday 1 September -  Cedars / Castle Hill garden party, Bimport, Shaftesbury.

October (unspecified date) – Hymn Marathon.  St peter’s Church

OTHER EVENTS:

Loads of things happening in the area over the coming weeks, so you’ve no excuse to feel bored! 

 

Until 8 July   Gill Fest.   Lots of events to enjoy in and around Gillingham

Fri 6 – Sun 8 July  UK Boogie Woogie Festival Sturminster Newton.  Great Boogie Woogie Music from International, National and Local Boogie Players. (see flier)

Saturday 7 July   Far and Near.  Summer concert given by the Gillingham Singers and guest.  7.30 p.m. East Stour Church  (see flier)

Sunday 8 July  Sunny Side of Swing  Angola.  (see flier)

Sunday 8 July  Shaftesbury Orchestra Concert.  Durweston Village Hall.  7.30 p.m.  Music by Nicolai (Merry Wives Overture), Mozart (Horn Concerto No. 4) and Brahms (First Symphony).

Wed – Sat 11-14 and Wed – Sat 18-21 July  Mack and Mabel at Shaftesbury Arts Centre 7.30 p.m.  Tickets are going well so book yours as soon as you can.  The Box Office is open mornings Monday – Saturday.(see flier)

Thursday 26 July Meditation, Mindfulness and Movement (hosted by Michael Mitchell – bass) The Green, East Knoyle.  (see flier)

David

14 JUNE 2018

Dear All,

More excellent singing last night – we got through a tremendous amount of material in readiness for our performances over the coming weeks - I hope you are looking forward to them.  Full details below.  Don’t forget to buy your Amore tickets from Julia - choir members are asked to pay £5, guests £7.

 COMING CHOIR EVENTS:

Saturday 16 June  (this weekend)  Motcombe Fete  2.00 – 2.45.  Usual dress code – i.e. shades of red (no patterns) above the waist, dark or black below.  Please arrive by 1.45.  No parking problems or permits needed - just head for the Village Hall and we’ll be ushered towards the car-park. The programme will be chosen from (in no particular order): Viva la musica; Alleluia (Pachelbel); Bamba Lela; Campfire Song; Follow the Heron; Hippopotamus Song; I can’t help falling in love; I wish I knew how; Up above my head; Morning has come; Dvorak anthem; Long and winding road; Hamba Nighale; Pebble on my tongue; California Dreamin’.

Thursday 21 June (next week) Shaftesbury Civic Day.  2.30.  Shaftesbury Town Hall.  Julia has organised a number of members of the choir to man our “stall” for the afternoon but we are hoping for a really good turnout of people to sing for up to 30 minutes outside the town hall.  Repertoire will largely taken from the Motcombe set.

Wednesday 27 June “Slice of Song” party at Amore.  Tickets (to include a glass of wine / juice + pizza) are now on sale from Julia.   This is always a great occasion so do spread the word and bring family and friends along.

 

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.

OTHER EVENTS:

There are fliers for a number of events attached to this newsletter in addition to the following:

Tues 19 – Sat 23 June  Midsummer Night’s Dream.  7.45 p.m.  Sherborne.

 

Sunday 24 June  Great Get Together.  12.00 noon onwards.  Town meadow, Gillingham

… also (and you can do both if you’re quick)

Templecombe Ladies Choir Spring Concert  3.00 p.m.  Templecombe

MILK TOPS

Karen is collecting coloured milk tops for a project she is engaged in.  Please bring them along on Wednesdays until she shouts “no more”!

BIG BANG PIZZA

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David

7 June 2018

Dear All,

Excellent singing last night.  Bravo.  Following our performance last month we have received the following letter of thanks from the Rotary Club:

"I wanted to write on behalf of Rotary Club of Shaftesbury to thank you and your choir for singing at our cycle ride event on Sunday 20th May on Park Walk.

The weather was very kind to us and everyone taking part or involved on the day had a great time.   This helped us to have a very successful day increasing the number of riders taking part as well as increasing the amount we have raised. We have yet to reach a final total but at the last count we had raised £5,500.00.   The money we raise is for Prostate Cancer UK as main beneficiary, as well as local charities and good causes that we, as a club, help throughout the year.

Thank you again for your support, and please pass on these thanks to your fellow choristers.

Kind regards

Paul Slimm"

As you know we have several events over the next few weeks.  The programme for the Motcombe fete has now been decided upon (see below) and there is a flier attached to this newsletter.  Finally, don’t forget to buy your Amore tickets from Julia - choir members are asked to pay £5, guests £7.

COMING CHOIR EVENTS:

Saturday 16 June  Motcombe Fete  2.00 – 2.45.  Flier attached.  Normal dress code – i.e. shades of red (no patterns) above the waist, dark or black below.  Please arrive by 1.45.  The programme will be chosen from (in no particular order): Viva la musica; Alleluia (Pachelbel); Bamba Lela; Campfire Song; Follow the Heron; Hippopotamus Song; I can’t help falling in love; I wish I knew how; Up above my head; Morning has come; Dvorak anthem; Lollipop; Long and winding road; Hamba Nighale; Pebble on my tongue; California Dreamin’

Thursday 21 June  Shaftesbury Civic Day.  2.30.  Shaftesbury Town Hall.

Wednesday 27 June “Slice of Song” party at Amore.  Tickets (to include a glass of wine / juice + pizza) are now on sale from Julia. 

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.

OTHER EVENTS:

As well as our own performances, there are loads and loads of musical events over the coming weeks.  Fliers for a few of them are attached.

Friday 8 June (this Friday) Concert in memory of Marjory Kellet.  7.30 p.m. Bell Street United Church, Shaftesbury.

Tues 19 – Sat 23 June  Midsummer Night’s Dream.  7.45 p.m.  Sherborne.

Sunday 24 June  Great Get Together.  12.00 noon onwards.  Town meadow, Gillingham

… also (and you can do both if you’re quick)

Templecombe Ladies Choir Spring Concert  3.00 p.m.  Templecombe

S.O.S.

Steve (bass) and Margaret (alto) are moving house, but will still be in Gillingham I am pleased to say.  However they have a cat that needs fostering for a couple of months.  They would be delighted to hear from anyone who can help out.  Contact them on halerysm@gmail.com

BIG BANG PIZZA

If you want to order in advance, then give Marcus a call on 07787 894110 and your pizza will be waiting for you when you arrive.

GDPR

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David

24 MAY 2018

Dear All,

Our performance last weekend for the North Dorset Cycle Ride was a really cheerful affair.  Thankyou, all of you, for making the effort and joining in with the music making.  We were much appreciated I can tell you!

Flaming June will soon be upon us.  As well as the Motcombe Fete (Saturday 16th) and our pizza party on Wednesday 27th, we have been asked to take part in Shaftesbury Civic Society’s Civic Day which is a celebration of all the good things that Shaftesbury has to offer.  This will be on Thursday 21st and we have a slot at 2.30 for about 20 minutes when we will be singing outside the Town Hall.  Repertoire to be decided but it will almost certainly be taken from the programme we will be preparing for Motcombe. Please put this extra date in your diaries.

COMING CHOIR EVENTS:

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

Thursday 21 June  Shaftesbury Civic Day.  2.30.  Shaftesbury Town Hall.  (see above)

Wednesday 27 June “Slice of Song” party at Amore.  Tickets (to include a glass of wine / juice + pizza) are now on sale from Julia.  Choir members are asked to pay £5, guests £7.

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.

OTHER EVENTS:

Thursday 24 May (TODAY) Concert given by Shreen Harmony at Gillingham Methodist Church in aid of Dementia Awareness.  7.30 p.m. (Shreen Harmony are a community choir based in Mere.)

Saturday 2nd June Misbehavin’ at Wimborne.  (Jazz with Karen, Robin et al) 7.30 p.m.  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

Saturday 23 June  Choral Workshop with CitySound Voices, Bath.  See previous newsletters.

 

GDPR

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David

17 MAY 2018

Dear All,

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible this coming Sunday for the North Dorset Cycle Ride which promises to be a great affair.   It would be wonderful to have a STUPENDOUS turnout! We will be singing on Park Walk under an awning so no fear of getting wet or too much sun.  The cycle routes seem to be all south of the A30 so if you are coming from the south or west of Shaftesbury take a look at the route maps so that you don’t get caught up with any possible road closures.  (Thanks Sheila [soprano] for this info.) You can find the routes on: https://shaftesburyrotaryclub.org/gold-hill-cycle-ride/ride-details/   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. 

Ride Details - Shaftesbury Rotary Club

shaftesburyrotaryclub.org

Route and Ride Information - The North Dorset Cycle Ride in aid of Prostrate Cancer UK - All money collected goes 100% to Prostrate Cancer UK

 

Finally, if you are singing in the Pentecost service, we are rehearsing this evening (Thursday) at 7.00 in the Shearer Room at Bell Street United Church (entrance on Bell Street itself – next to the opticians).

COMING CHOIR EVENTS:

Sunday 20 May (this weekend) 12.15 start on Park Walk for Rotary Club’s prostate cancer cycle ride.  Please arrive at 12.00 and congregate close to the awning where the Town Band will be / have been playing.  Normal dress code (i.e. shades of red above the waist, dark or black below.  No patterned tops please!) 

We will be singing (no particular order): Rongo Mau; Feelin’ Groovy; Things; Chattanooga Choo Choo; 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; Hold On.0.0

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.

OTHER EVENTS:

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

Sunday 20 May (this weekend) Churches Together Pentecost Service.  Shaftesbury Abbey Garden 4 o’clock

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 last week’s newsletter.

BIG BANG PIZZA

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.

David

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).

COMING CHOIR EVENTS:

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.

OTHER EVENTS:

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.

BIG BANG PIZZA

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.

David

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.

 

COMING CHOIR EVENTS:

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.

 

OTHER EVENTS:

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

BIG BANG PIZZA

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.

David

12 APRIL 2018

 

Dear All,

As you know, the choir have quite a number of performances over the summer. Details are still coming in but you will be kept up to date via newsletters and the choir website as well ason Wednesday evenings of course.  We now have timings for the Food Festival, Motcombe Fete and the Shaftesbury Fringe / Gold Hill Fair and we are beginning to put together a programme for the Food Festival (see below).

 

COMING CHOIR EVENTS

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 provisional set with the ukes is: Don't Worry Get Happy; Things (Bobby Darrin); Can’t help falling in love with you; Chattanooga Choo Choo; Isn’t She Lovely; Rongo Mau; Stand By Me.

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

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.

David

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.

COMING CHOIR EVENTS

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.

 

OTHER EVENTS - THIS WEEKEND:

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.

IN THE FUTURE:

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

David

22 MARCH 2018

Dear All,

Congratulations on another really good sing last night.  Lovely to see some new faces too.  Please add the dates below to your diaries.  Details of times / venues / programme etc. will follow when details are firmed up but please mark them up NOW!   And before I forget, don’t forget to change the clocks this weekend.

COMING CHOIR EVENTS

Sunday 13 May  Shaftesbury Food Festival

Saturday 16 June  Motcombe Fete

Wednesday 27 June “Slice of Song” at Amore

Fri 29 June – Sun 1 July  Shaftesbury Fringe (probably on the Saturday) and Gold Hill Fair (on the Sunday)

Saturday 1 September  Cedars Castle Hill garden party

OTHER EVENTS - THIS WEEKEND:

Saturday 24 March  “Light and Shade” – concert given by Gillingham Singers and soloists at St Mary’s Gillingham.  7.30 p.m.  Programme will include the Faure Requiem, Long and Winding Road and Call of Wisdom.  £8.00   See previous newsletter for flier.

Sunday 25 March  Concert by given by Shaftesbury Orchestra.  7.30 p.m. Port Regis School.  Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Symphony 7 and an overture by Mozart.   FREE.  See previous newsletter for flier.

IN THE FUTURE:

Wed 4 – Sat 7 April Milborne Port Opera.  Trial By Jury and The Murder at Shakerley House.  See attached flier

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

8 MARCH 2018

Dear All,

Congratulations on a really good sing last night.  With luck, the worst of the winter weather is now behind us and we’ll soon be up to full strength.  Can you check your diaries for the Motcombe Fete on Saturday 16th June?  Even though we will probably be singing much of the same programme, with Shaftesbury Fringe / Gold Hill Fair only a fortnight later, we don’t want anyone to feel overloaded.  Details of venues / programme / times etc. will follow in due course.

COMING CHOIR EVENTS

Sunday 13 May  Shaftesbury Food Festival

Saturday 16 June  Motcombe Fete

Fri 29 June – Sun 1 July  Shaftesbury Fringe (probably on the Saturday) and Gold Hill Fair (on the Sunday)

Arrangements are also underway for our traditional “Slice of Song” at Amore together with a new community event on Castle Hill (probably in October).  Watch this space as details are firmed up. 

 

OTHER EVENTS

Saturday 10 March  Concert given by Salisbury Orchestra.  7.30 p.m.  City Hall.  See previous newsletter.

Saturday 17 March Singers Training Day at Wincanton, hosted by the Pilgrim Singers and working on a variety of pieces, but to include several African chants and Irish songs (as it is St Patrick’s Day).   Contact Jane Fenton immediately on 01963 33695 or janeyfents@hotmail.com  if you are interested.  Cost £20.

Sunday 18 March  “Incandescendo” 4.00 p.m. at Springhead, Fontmell Magna.  4.00 p.m.  Latin Grooves and Dolce Tunes for cello and percussion. 

Saturday 24 March  “Light and Shade” – concert given by Gillingham Singers at St Mary’s Gillingham.  See attached flier.

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

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

NEWS FROM TONY

Tony and Michael arrived in Shanghai last night and are meeting up with friends of mine this evening.

David

15 FEBRUARY 2018

Dear All,

Congratulations to all those hardy souls who braved last night’s atrocious weather.  The singing was really great with a couple of new songs, helpful (I hope) revision of some work-in-progress and, of course, a few old favourites. I hope you had as much fun as I did!

COMING CHOIR EVENTS

There are no immediate choir events although arrangements are underway for the Shaftesbury Fringe (another Gospel singalong maybe) and Gold Hill Fair together with a new community event on Castle Hill (probably in October) and our traditional “Slice of Song” at Amore.  Watch this space as details are firmed up.  Things seem to have gone quiet in connection with the Food Festival though.  Does anyone know anything more than I do?

OTHER EVENTS

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

Friday 23 February  Palida sing Letters to the World 7pm at Shaftesbury Arts Centre prior to film at 8pm 'A Quiet Passion' Concert free, film tickets at SAC box office or at the door.

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.

1 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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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 ...

 

COMING CHOIR EVENTS

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.

OTHER EVENTS

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.

David

11 JANUARY 2018

Dear All,

A belated Happy New Year to everyone.  Looking forward to making new friends and, of course, loads of lovely singing.

COMING CHOIR EVENTS

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

OTHER EVENTS

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 attached flier.

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

SHAFTESBURY DEVELOPMENT PLANS

There is information below concerning proposals to develop beyond Shaftesbury’s existing boundaries.  If you want to have your say, then you will need to respond by 22 January.  The actual response forms are difficult to interpret and even more difficult to fill in.  No surprises there of course (!) but as a consequence, a simple guide to some of the questions has been prepared to get us all thinking.   Do take some time to look at the proposals.  Working together really does make a difference – remember our success “Save Our Beds”?  See below ..

David

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Suggestions for Shaftesbury residents. Other questions refer to the other North Dorset Towns and they may apply to you too. 

Suggestions for Shaftesbury residents. Other questions refer to the other North Dorset Towns and they may apply to you too. 

21 DECEMBER 2017

Dear All,

Thanks and congratulations to all those who took part in the performance at Durweston last Friday.   Maybe we could have done with a few more tenors and basses but Jackie, Elizabeth (tenors), Richard and Steve (basses) did us proud.  Thanks also to all who contributed to last night’s party.   Pat’s (alto) hand bells were a real treat and Dick’s (bass) mulled wine as tasty (and potent) as ever.   I am listing a few imminent events below but forgot last night to draw attention to the invitation to join other supporters in carol singing at Shaftesbury Westminster Hospital.  Do come along tonight if you can.  

COMING CHOIR EVENTS

Thursday 21 December (tonight): Singing around the wards at Shaftesbury Hospital to swell the ranks.  6.30 p.m. start

Wednesday 27 December: NO CHOIR

Wednesday 3 January: Choir meets as usual + a glass of something special to toast the New Year in.

OTHER EVENTS

Friday 22 December:  Christmas entertainment by Gillingham Arts Workshop, to include the Gillingham Mummers Play.  5.00 p.m. Gillingham Library.

Saturday 23 December:  Christmas carols and entertainment similar to the above (but excluding the play!). 6.30 p.m. St. Benedict’s RC Church, Gillingham.

Sunday 31 December: NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, Wanstrow Village Hall, Near Frome www.wanstrowvillagehall.co.uk
FROM 5.30PM –MIDNIGHT.  Harmonic Temple songs.  SHARED MEAL –VEGETARIAN PLEASE, NO ALCOHOL. SHORT RITUAL for leaving the old year behind and welcoming the new one.  Dance of Universal Peace & SEASONAL SONG.   To book: Tel Rasullah 01749 850474  rasullah@btinternet.com  Cost: £20, £15 CONCS

Thanks for a great year and have a very happy Christmas.

David

14 DECEMBER 2017

Dear All,

Looking forward to our performance in Durweston this Friday afternoon.  See below.  By popular request (!!) I am attaching the music for While Shepherds which you may find useful.  I do hope as many choir members as possible will come along so that we can put on a really good show.   Although there is plenty of parking, it makes sense to share transport wherever possible. 

COMING CHOIR EVENTS

Friday 15 December: Christmas entertainment for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies.  Durweston Village Hall, Church Road, Durweston, Blandford Forum DT11 0QA.  Please arrive 2 o’clock for a 2.15 start.   Usual dress code – i.e. shades of red above the waist, dark or black below.  

We will do four audience carols and about eight on our own, chosen from ...

Audience: O Come, In the bleak, O little town, It came upon, Joy to the world, Away in a manger. 

Choir: Rudolph, White Christmas (probably with audience second time through), While Shepherds (music attached), Boars Head, Hosanna, Fais Dodo, Tune your Harps, Carol of the Bells, Hark the Herald (Durweston tune of course), Come Tune.

Depending on general audience response, will also do the Mistletoe round which Karen and I will teach our audience.

Wednesday 20 December: Choir Christmas Party.  Please bring finger food to share.  Christmas cake (thankyou Vivienne - soprano), mulled wine (thankyou Dick- bass) and fruit juice as well as tea or coffee provided.  Lots of singing and a few games on the menu.

Thursday 21 December: Singing around the wards at Shaftesbury Hospital to swell the ranks.  6.30 p.m. start

Wednesday 27 December: NO CHOIR

Wednesday 3 January: Choir meets as usual + a glass of something special to toast the New Year in.

CHOIR PICTURES

The full sized prints (unframed) of the picture of the choir that Mike Bailey painted last year have been produced and paid for.  If you ordered one you can collect it at the party next week.  £20.  They are beautifully printed on high quality paper and all profits have been given to Shaftesbury Abbey. 

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Linda Indge (soprano) is making prints of the three lovely photographs that her husband took of us at the Quaker Meeting House earlier this month.  If you ordered any, they too will be available next week. (Two sizes 7 x 5 and 6 x 4; £1.50 and £1.00 respectively.)

 

HOME GROWN LAMB

Shaftesbury Home Grown have a final half lamb and a number of sheep skins for sale.  See the attached details from Matthew (tenor).
 

OTHER EVENTS

Saturday 16 December (this weekend): Pilgrim Singers with special guest local girl Marta Fontanals-Simmons, now international mezzo-soprano fresh from Glyndebourne! Parish Church of St. Peter and Paul Wincanton at 7.30 p.m.

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Christmas Concert given by the Gillingham Singers at East Stour Village Hall.  See website or last week’s newsletter.

Sunday 17 December: Open air nativity play outside Shaftesbury Town Hall.  The organisers would love any members of the community choir who are free to join in with the singing of five or six well-known carols.  No rehearsal needed.  Starts 1.00 p.m.

Sunday 31 December: NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, Wanstrow Village Hall, Near Frome www.wanstrowvillagehall.co.uk
FROM 5.30PM –MIDNIGHT.  Harmonic Temple songs.  SHARED MEAL –VEGETARIAN PLEASE, NO ALCOHOL. SHORT RITUAL for leaving the old year behind and welcoming the new one.  Dance of Universal Peace & SEASONAL SONG.   To book: Tel Rasullah 01749 850474  rasullah@btinternet.com  Cost: £20, £15 CONCS

David

7 DECEMBER 2017

Dear All,

Great singing for the hospital last Saturday morning and for Santa and his entourage on Monday night.   Karen’s round, when we joined forces with 100+ amazingly well-behaved youngsters from four of our local primary schools (with Jerome on drum of course), was an unqualified success. Congratulations all round.    Good to see you a fair number of you at the Shoppers’ Service at St. Peter’s afterwards too.

Linda Indge (soprano) can make prints of the three lovely photographs that her husband took of us at the Quaker Meeting House.  They are available in two sizes 7 x 5 and 6 x 4 at a cost of £1.50 and £1.00 respectively.  The order sheet will be available next week and Linda will bring the prints to the choir party.

COMING CHOIR EVENTS

Friday 15 December: 2.15 p.m. Christmas entertainment for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies.  Durweston Village Hall.  Usual dress code – i.e. shades of red above the waist, dark or black below.

Wednesday 20 December: Choir Christmas Party

Thursday 21 December: Singing around the wards at Shaftesbury Hospital to swell the ranks.  6.30 p.m.

Wednesday 27 December: NO CHOIR

Wednesday 3 January: Choir meets as usual + a glass of something special to toast the New Year in.

CHOIR PICTURE

Full sized prints (unframed) of the picture of the choir that Mike Bailey painted last year can be ordered from Julia at a special price of £20.  They will be printed on high quality paper with all profits being given to Shaftesbury Abbey.  Please let Julia know if you would like one a.s.a.p.

 

OTHER EVENTS

Thurs 7 – Sat 9 December: Rock Nativity by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, to be performed in St Peter’s, St James’ and St Mary’s (Motcombe). 7.30 p.m.  Lots of choir members and other familiar faces are taking part so do come and give it your support.  See website or previous newsletters.

Saturday 16 December: Pilgrim Singers with special guest local girl Marta Fontanals-Simmons, now international mezzo-soprano fresh from Glyndebourne! Parish Church of St. Peter and Paul Wincanton at 7.30 p.m.

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Christmas Concert given by the Gillingham Singers at East Stour Village Hall.  See attached flyer.

Sunday 17 December: Open air nativity play outside Shaftesbury Town Hall.  The organisers would love members of the community choir who are free to join in with the singing of five or six well-known carols.  No rehearsal needed.  Starts 1.00 p.m.

Sunday 31 December: NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONWanstrow Village Hall, Near Frome www.wanstrowvillagehall.co.uk
FROM 5.30PM –MIDNIGHT.  Harmonic Temple songs.  SHARED MEAL –VEGETARIAN PLEASE, NO ALCOHOL. SHORT RITUAL for leaving the old year behind and welcoming the new one.  Dance of Universal Peace & SEASONAL SONG.   To book: Tel Rasullah 01749 850474  rasullah@btinternet.com  Cost: £20, £15 CONCS

David

23 NOVEMBER 2017

Dear All,

We will revise all our Christmas repertoire next week and make our selection for performance on 2 December (see below). To remind you, we will be choosing from:

AUDIENCE CAROLS: In the bleak, Silent night, O little town, It came upon, Joy to the world, Away in a manger, O come.

CHOIR CAROLS: Carol of the Bells, Tune Your Harps, Boar’s Head, While Shepherds (Cornish tune), Rudolph, Hosanna, Fais Dodo, Hark the Herald (Durweston tune), Come Tune Your Cheerful Voice.

Don’t forget to look up the performance of While Shepherds by the Fishermen’s Friends on Youtube.  There are also lots of performances of Carol of the Bells that you could maybe sing along to for practice purpose.

COMING CHOIR EVENTS

Saturday 2 December: Carol Singing. Quaker Meeting House (in aid of the Friends of Shaftesbury Hospital). Please arrive 10.30 for a 10.45 start.   

Monday 4 December: 6.00 p.m.  Christmas lights and late night shopping.  Karen’s new Christmas round (Shaftesbury Christmas Lights) followed by a massed choir/audience sing-a-long of Deck the Hall, O Little Town, Silent Night, Rudolph and We Wish you a Merry Christmas, all with the Town Band accompanying. 

Friday 15 December: 2.15pm Christmas entertainment for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies.  Durweston Village Hall. 

Wednesday 20 December: Choir Christmas Party

Thursday 21 December: Singing around the wards at Shaftesbury Hospital to swell the ranks.  More details next week.

Wednesday 27 December: NO CHOIR

Wednesday 3 January: Choir meets as usual + a glass of something special to toast the New Year in.

OTHER EVENTS

Saturday 2 December: Autumn Concert given by the Gillingham Singers.  See website or previous newsletters.

Thurs 7 – Sat 9 December: Rock Nativity by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, to be performed in St Peter’s, St James’ and St Mary’s (Motcombe). 7.30 p.m.  Lots of choir members are taking part so do come and give it your support.  See website or previous newsletters.

Saturday 16 December: Pilgrim Singers with special guest local girl Marta Fontanals-Simmons, now international mezzo-soprano fresh from Glyndebourne! Parish Church of St. Peter and Paul Wincanton at 7.30pm

Sunday 31 December: NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONWanstrow Village Hall, Near Frome www.wanstrowvillagehall.co.uk
FROM 5.30PM –MIDNIGHT.  Harmonic Temple songs.  SHARED MEAL –VEGETARIAN PLEASE, NO ALCOHOL. SHORT RITUAL for leaving the old year behind and welcoming the new one  Dance of Universal Peace & SEASONAL SONG. 
To book: Tel Rasullah 01749 850474  rasullah@btinternet.com  Cost: £20, £15 CONCS