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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

Havant Music Festival: You’re such a lovely audience, we’d love to take you home with us

Match report:

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.

All in all great fun

On St. Patrick’s Day we will be appearing at the second Havant Music Festival .

The first festival went sufficiently well that a repeat performance has been planned for this year

The Hayling College Crest

This festival contains many different styles of music across many venues in the area. Our venue is The Hayling College, a secondary school on Hayling Island.

Address Church Road, Hayling Island PO11 0NU  Map

Look forward to a non-seasonal set and in honour of the day we might even try to find an Irish song to perform.

Southampton Art Gallery! Saturday 3rd February 2:30pm

 

This is a lovely space, often used for concerts and weddings, and recently 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 in the New Year on Saturday February 3rd in the early afternoon. There is an art festival going on and we will be providing some additional entertainment starting at 2:30.