End of summer term – back September 10th (Bring a Friend night)

That’s it for this term – no more rehearsals until Monday September 10th which is also a Bring a Friend night.

Southampton Art Gallery – we love you! Saturday’s set was great fun and the acoustics and the piano are a dream. Well done, singers, for a great set! Here’s some piccies from last time (forgot to take any on Saturday). The statues are also good value!

Really enjoyed tonight’s BBQ and it was also lovely to meet so many members of your families.

See you in September and have a great summer!

We’re all going on a Summer Holiday!

Really? What? with Cliff and the bus and all?

However…

Sadly, no cliffs

 

 

No buses either

 

 

And also 

We will end the summer term with a BBQ and then start again in September, but we can still be contacted as usual, so if you want to emulate Harry & Meghan, and have us sing at your wedding then check out the About Us page of this website for our contact details.

 

 

 

Photo Shoot in Southampton

Last Monday was a beautiful evening when we met outside Southampton Art Gallery and sang our way through town, stopping at various locations on the way for photos. We met some very pleased (and surprised!) punters and we love the resulting photos. Well done and thank you, Paul and Phil, for all your hard work and skill behind the lens! It was such an enjoyable evening we think might do it all again next year.

NB. Don’t forget that this coming Saturday 14th July we will be singing INSIDE the Art Gallery from 2-3 pm!

Southampton Art Gallery once again! Saturday 14th July 2pm

 

This is a lovely space, often used for concerts and weddings, and regularly used for Music in the City.   It’s housed within the North wing of the Civic Centre buildings in the centre of the city.

We will be singing here on Saturday July 14th in the early afternoon 2 – 3pm.

Bastille Day

Although we have done some in the past, don’t expect any songs in French on this occasion. This will be our last concert of the term, and we will suspend rehearsals until September 10th.

 

 

 

 

In Memoriam: Barbara Brown

Barbara, fourth from the left with all the altos and a couple of interloper sopranos in 2011

The choir has sung at a few significant events in the lives of our members, we have done a wedding, a child dedication, funerals of family members and even a renewal of wedding vows, but for the first time we will be singing at the funeral of one of our own.

Barbara, seen here 4th from the left in 2011 was a member of the choir for about 10 years, and requested prior to her recent death that we sing the South African song Shoholoza because it gave her great pleasure. This song was famously sung at the funeral of Nelson Mandela in 2013.  Mandela’s supporters singing outside his house.

So, we will miss Barbara, and this will be our small tribute to her.

 

 

Royal Wedding Fayre – but on Saturday 9th June!

Our friends at St. Peter’s Curdridge are holding a summer fayre to celebrate the Royal wedding, but being the cunning people they are they’re holding it a bit later so as you can watch the event itself. So that’s why it’s on Saturday 9th June. 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

Expect the usual church fayre things, lazy afternoon, sunshine, scones, string quartet, bunting, cake and…The Central Hall Community Gospel Choir!

 

The event will incorporate a short service for folk to renew their own wedding vows, and the choir will sing at and around this.

 

 

 

Report:   What a lovely do. The weather was kind and, whilst not packed there were a good number of folk at the fayre. We were kindly given a stall to advertise our wares which we decorated with the wedding flowers and dress from the wedding of one of our members back in the dark ages.

When the time came for the choir to sing in the church the nave was pleasantly about half full, and the audience clapped along and a few danced, which is always the sign that they’re having a good time.

Charity Concert – Shelter Box 21st April 7.30 pm.

This is a concert in aid of Shelter Box, a charity set up to provide emergency shelter for those in desperate need across the world, those affected by natural disaster or conflict.

This will be held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception 346 Portswood Road, Southampton on 21st April to commence at 7:30pm

Report…

A pleasant concert in the church hall, with an enthusiastic audience who sang along once we got the projector to display the words.

There was lots of cake at half time and the music was accompanied by thunder most notably when we were singing about sheltering from the storm.

This developed later in the evening to a very impressive lightning storm.

Easter Concert – Saturday 24th March

That was a jolly concert! Here we all are at the “Sing a New Song” Easter Concert getting the audience involved too. To quote Psalm 100, you really “made a joyful noise” with your singing – great work, everyone! Well done, too, for absolutely nailing Dave Adcock’s fave song “Hear the bells ringing” too! The cream on the cake was raising £450 for Christian Aid. Stephen Dominy from Christian Aid was really bowled over by the whole concert. Special thanks to Peter and Sarah Dockree for letting us use St. Alban’s Church and being so supportive. Happy Easter, everyone!

Grog ‘n’ Gospel Friday 30th March

On 30th March we will be making a return to the The King Rufus in Eling Hill, Eling, where we had an enjoyable and raucous evening of community carol singing just before Christmas.

The King Rufus pub

This time more of a non-seasonal set, though being Good Friday we may do an Easter song or two.

There might even be

Though probably not in a Christmas tree shape

Easter Concert Saturday 24th March

 

 

We’ve been asked to do a concert for Easter at St. Alban’s Church in Tulip Rd Southampton. It’s in aid of Christian Aid

This is a pleasant venue, the same one as was used for the recent Big Christmas Sing, and once again we will be joined by young singers from the Sing Out Choir, the Highfield Singing Club and the King’s School Young Voices.

 

 

Expect a cast of thousands (sic) and an Easter flavoured concert but with a distinct lack of Easter bunnies.

Peter was sad to not be starring in the concert

 

Venue: St Alban’s Church, Tulip Rd Southampton SO16 3BD  map

Date:    Saturday 24th March

Time;  7pm  As the clocks go forward that night we wanted the event to start a little earlier than normal to preserve our beauty sleep.