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Christmas is Coming

Preparations have begun for our Christmas concert!

This year we are all getting in the mood on 3rd December so why not come and join us for a magical evening. Tickets are available now from Core Theatre, Solihull. Spread the word!

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We’ve made the glossy mags!

In the latest version of the fitness magazine Top Santé there is a great article about our very own Lyn Bishop and her journey from a musical spectator to one of our leading sopranos and soloists. Amazingly Lyn has been singing seriously for only the last eight years. The article is an inspiring story and there are some great pictures of Lyn, Caroline and the whole choir rehearsing. It is a wonderful piece of publicity for the choir and if you get a chance to see a copy it’s well worth reading. Hopefully some pictures will follow.
Anyone with a Solihull library card can view this article through the free Solihull Libraries eMagazine service. See the link below for details.

http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Portals/0/libraries/how_to_sign_up_for_Solihull_emagazines.pdf

Last night’s rehearsal

Eight weeks until our next concert – seemed like ages away until Caroline reminded us that we have Easter, a Bank Holiday and two sessions she can’t run before the big night itself.  That definitely sharpened our minds up!  Last night went particularly well with Mamma Mia! and Somebody to Love sounding very good. Also a couple of oldies from the thirties went down really well, It Don’t Mean a Thing and Tenderness.

The Work Continues . . . . .

Although our next concert is not until 21st May there was no rest for the wicked last night at our rehearsal.  We revisted our Fly me to the moon book in readiness for the next concert, together with some old favourites which have made it once more to the top of the pile.  We’re continuing our warm-up using “Goodnight Sweetheart” – a barbershop classic.

Progressing Well

So the new pieces are going well.  Apparently we will be getting some a cappella music soon (that’s singing without Mark playing – which is always scary).  We will know the tune and it’s for the May concert so we’ve plenty of time to learn without the accompaniment of the ivories.  Tickets are on sale now for our concert in March.

Getting into our Stride

Well we’re really in the swing now with a new piece or two from the Novello Choral Favourites book.  We have brought out “Over the Rainbow” again (last sung Spring 2014 – how time flies), together with “Georgia on my Mind” from the same concert – and we’re adding “Try a Little Tenderness” to the mix.  We’re also starting to learn Moonglow.  These pieces will be in either our March or our May concert this year – or if you’re lucky they might be in both.  If this is the type of music you’d love to sing then don’t forget to come and try us out.  we firmly believe we are the only choir in Solihull which can offer such a wide repertoire and we’d love you to come and give it a go.  And remember – there are no auditions!

First Rehearsal of the Year

With a groan and a wheeze and more than one sneeze the choir reassembled itself for the first rehearsal of the Spring season.  We have 2 concerts in this half of the year and our Musical Director doesn’t like us to get too complacent or comfortable so there is plenty to learn.  We’ve dug out the Beatles for a bit of a spin in readiness for our March concert.  It’s a medley which has been in our repertoire for over 10 years and so the stalwarts felt they knew it well enough to sing along.  However, although we have no auditions we are not quite a karaoke and Caroline took great delight in asking us to review large sections of the piece.  I wonder if many choir members will learn the words my March, as requested.  Come along and try it out with us.

Happy New Year – now come and join us!

cartoon-choir-24006830So, the turkey was stuffed, the choristers sang, the bells rang out and the New Year was ushered in.  And now it’s the long haul through January.  Will we see snow?  Will it ever stop raining? Instead of sitting at home watching War and Peace on a Sunday evening why not come along to a rehearsal with us?  We offer energetic warm-up exercises (well we stand on tip toes sometimes), plenty of hot air (needed for breathing in) and even a hot drink at the interval. We even offer the opportunity to sing for an evening!  There are no auditions so what are you waiting for?  Rehearsals start again on Sunday 10th January 19:30 – 22:00.  Come along and give us a try, after all, we are the friendliest choir in Solihull!

 

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