No practice this week, Monday 28th May
Back to normal next week at the Central Hall 8pm Monday June 4th when we will continue to work towards the St. Peter’s Royal Wedding Fete event
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.
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.
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 time more of a non-seasonal set, though being Good Friday we may do an Easter song or two.
Though probably not in a Christmas tree shape
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.
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
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.
We are a Community Choir, and whilst this has a particular meaning in the choir world, in that anyone can join, we also feel that our task is to take music out into the community, and not wait for people to come to us.
Last year we held a Christmas sing song at the Lapstone pub in Fair Oak, and it went down well with the regulars. We’d hoped to go back for a non-seasonal event later in the year, hopefully to the same response, but sadly there was uncertainty about the Lapstone’s future so this plan was put on hold.
So this year we sing carols and eat pizza at the King Rufus in Eling on Friday 22nd December at 7pm. This pub is run as a sort of co-op and has regular musical events. Pizza is optional (?) and cooked on their outside wood oven.We have arranged to go and run a festive sing-along just before the final weekend before Christmas, and if they like us, we hope to return next year.
For many years now the Christmas season for the choir has been busy with events, as indeed it is for most choirs, but for us the traditional final gig before the turkey gets defrosted is the Mayor’s Carol Service, originally intended for Civic Centre staff and held in the main entrance hall of the Civic Centre, but anyone can come.
It’s an impressive venue, with wide stairs and brilliantly painted plasterwork, and is a nice place to sing just at the peak of the festive season (punch and mince pies afterwards of course).
This year however, in an attempt to be more available to the community at large the event will take place outside in the Guildhall Square, so it’s wrap up warm time, get those lanterns out and Sing!
This will be on Wednesday 20th December at 3:30pm in Guildhall Square
This is always a lovely occasion, the proximity to Christmas and the sense that the excessive run up is nearing its end makes for a short but sweet event, ending as we eat the traditional mince pies and drink the mulled wine in the Mayoral parlour, trying to relax on the posh sofas in the knowledge that the old vocal chords will be getting a rest, at least for a few weeks.