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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The snow held off long enough for this concert to take place, and although the school hall was unprepossessing (which school hall isn’t?) the welcome was excellent.
A small group of audience members arrived about 45 minutes early leaving us to wonder whether they’d got it all wrong, but then they joined in with our last minute practices, and this friendliness carried on throughout the evening.
A smaller than usual turnout from the choir who were just about outnumbered by the audience, but for the first time we can remember EVERYONE in the audience sang along, and we all had a good time in the delightfully chaotic ‘Gospel Medley’ with is a round of a number of well known gospel songs.
The concert ended with our guest alto and former member Penny singing the delightful ‘Irish Blessing’ which the festival organiser paid tribute to in her vote of thanks afterwards.
Just a reminder that we’re back tonight and it’s an open session so do wear your badge if you have one, and do bring along anyone who wants to have a go. We have various events coming up soon, so we will be looking at our general repertoire. Bring your folder too if you have one! 8-10 pm Central Hall. Look forward to seeing you there!