The Central Hall Community Choir started life in the autumn of 1997 to prepare for Christmas events at the Central Hall….
Central Hall 1998, the earliest photo we’ve found yet. OK it’s Easter, but Hey!We have come through many concerts, church services, weddings, cakes, carnivals, festivals, parties, cakes, memorials, choir trips away, cakes and singing in chip shops to here:
The choir is 20 years old this term so we are having a party to celebrate at the Central Hall in the evening of Saturday December 9th at 7:30pm. All former choir members and friends are welcome. The exact activities at the party are yet to be arranged but there will definitely be cake, displays of old photos of the choir spurring the inevitable “Who is that?” questions, and, of course, it wouldn’t be a choir without a song, so dust off those tubes!
Please bring some food and/or drink if you are coming, should be a good evening.
This is a magnificent pre-Christmas extravaganza with all your favourite Christmas songs, none of the ones you don’t like, and featuring dozens of singers and dancers, probably refreshments, hopefully cake and a thousand elephants!
This year at it’s St Alban’s Church Burgess Rd. Southampton on Saturday 2nd December
We’ve sung at St Alban’s in the past at a Red Nose Day event, and it’s a fine place for this seasonal feast of music.
Christmas is coming soon, and with it will come plenty of opportunities to hear the choir.
First up is The Big Christmas Sing
Saturday 2nd December7pm at St Alban’s Church, Swaythling. We will be joined by dancers from the Parkewood School of Dance and young singers from some local schools, and perhaps some others. This is an event we do from time to time and it’s always fun.
In previous years we have sung at the Mayor’s Carol Service, originally intended for Civic Centre staff and held in the main entrance hall of the Civic Centre, and 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 Thursday 21st December at 3:30pm
The next day, we are going for an evening at the pub.
OK, Carols and Pizza at the King Rufus in Eling on Friday22nd 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.
It’s not often that we sing at the same place twice in a row, but we have been invited to help the good folk of St Peter’s Curdridge celebrate the 130th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of their church building.
The church itself is older than that as there was an earlier chapel from 1835, part of which remains, but it’s the later, current one we are celebrating.
This will be a Sunday afternoon church service at 4pm on 26th Nov. 3 days shy of 130 years.
Expect songs about stones and buildings – and of course cake.
The Augusta Burrell who laid the original stone was a local lady who owned Fairthorne Manor and donated about 25% of the cost of building the church, and also performed many other acts of local philanthropy.
Here’s a photo of us at the event, and a picture of a rather good matchstick model of St Peter’s:
This time we were in the Bargate for the first time. There was a very appreciative audience, and we were preceded by 3p Suite, a vocal threesome and followed by the excellent Fiddler on the Hoof ceilidh band. It’s a real pleasure to sing in these unusual locations, some of which have been used in the city for centuries, the acoustics and intimate setting all make for a great gig .
Did you see us in the Bargate? Please leave a comment, or if you’d like to have a go yourself then you could come along to one of our Monday evening practices at the Central Hall, St. Mary St. Southampton, 8-10pm. There’s no subscriptions or auditions, but there is tea, biscuits, and sometimes cake.
Dear all, if you didn’t make it to our Choir Day on Saturday, then you missed a treat – friendly hospitality, a wonderfully peaceful place in which to sing, beautiful weather, and some great 6-part singing followed by a meal with friends!
Well done for your singing and commitment last term. I hope you have had a good summer! Just to confirm that on Monday 11th September we’re back for our first rehearsal (8-10 pm at Central Hall) and it’s an “open” session – do invite friends along and please wear your name badge too if you have one. Looking forward to it!
Well done for how you sang at the Choral Festival – there was tons of energy there and you really looked and sounded the part! I couldn’t see the audience but they seemed to be enjoying themselves. Andrea and Cliff said we’ve got the passion – and they really know their stuff so they should know. Big thanks as well to Mark (bass) and Ken (drums). A sweet sound – well done!