On the 5th October, the choir were delighted to travel to Blundell Sands to perform for the Bootle Soroptimists who were raising money for their Chair’s Charity, Sefton Talking Newspapers. The choir performed a mix of the A-May-Sing and Sunshine sets to a lovely group in Blundell Sands United Reformed Church, and everyone had a wonderful evening. With the ticket sales and the raffle, a fantastic £299 was raised for the charity.
On the 18th July, after months of planning with Emma from the Stroke Association we held ‘An Evening of Music’ at the very grand Ormskirk Civic Hall to raise money for the Stroke Association. Singing our A-May-Sing set, the event was a fantastic success, the audience loved all the music, and an incredible £691.99 went to the Stroke Association. This was a wonderful way to round off A-May-Sing, taking us to our summer break.
So we have a busy couple of weeks coming up!
If you missed us at Scarisbrick Village Hall, where were you?! I think it was the only sunny Saturday we’ve had this year!
But the good news is you can catch us again on Saturday 14th July at St Mary’s Summer Fair, where we are kicking off the event at 11am.
Before that we’ll be at Henshaw’s again on the 11th… we’re very sad that John won’t be there to hear us, but we’re looking forward to singing for all the other wonderful residents.
Then, most exciting of all, we’re singing at the Civic Hall on Wednesday 18th! Oooooo….. very posh!
We’re doing a fundraising concert organised by the local Stroke Association Group. We’re really looking forward to it! If you’d like to come, contact us or Emma Dacey (from the Stroke Association) on 01772 456138.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Ok so it’s one down, one to go!
No, that’s all wrong… I mean hooray, we’ve had one, and yippee, we’ve another one tomorrow!
Curry Leaf was fab- two hot- off- the- press reports already available here on QLocal, and here on our own website, written by our very own Jan Thomas and Georgia Lloyd! Just the Champion’s report to come now.
Roger from QLocal has asked if people wouldn’t mind registering with the QLocal website- it’s not necessary to see the report, but the more people they have supporting them, the more they’ll be able to do in the community.
Just to remind you all- we’re not rehearsing next week, I’m away.
The week after (23rd) is Henshaw’s, 105 Norwood Road, Southport PR8 6EL.
If you need directions I have a map- just send me an email.
7pm start as usual, be prompt, jeans and whites (remember it’s warm.)
Then on 30th we’re back at the school.
See you all tomorrow!!
The New Year kicked off in style with a social at The Martin. Mick again did us proud with a fantastic hot and cold buffet, and this time the music was provided by our own wonderful Shaun and Mark. A couple of new members came to check us out and meet the gang; it is a testament to their strength of character that they actually came back the next week to rehearse!
Our first official event of the year was another Krazy Karaoke! Again, this was a social, but with a purpose- we wanted to welcome our new Charity of the Year, and say thank you and handover a large cheque to our outgoing one! We had a wonderful evening, with eclectic performances from Ollie Murs, Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson, S Club Seven and Grease! Once again we had an incredible spread of food, this time provided by the choir and guests. We were delighted to welcome a group from The Birchwood Centre, the charity that we will be supporting in 2012. We were also delighted to hand over a cheque for £1100 to West Lancs Positive Living that we know they will put to good use helping their clients lead full and active lives. Sadly (or fortunately) both groups had left before they had chance to witness Shaun’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ accompanied by his oldest son clinging desperately to his leg, ignoring his pleas to leave him his dignity (Shaun’s pleas, that is, not Harry’s!) but we ended the evening off in style with a rousing chorus of ‘New York New York’!
Our first event of the Christmas season was Pinfold Christmas Fair on 11th December at Scarisbrick Village Hall, where we sang carols to entertain the local people who had come to show their support for the school and buy a few Christmas presents. An enthusiastic audience joined in with the carols, and the choir’s efforts were rewarded when their raffle-phobic conductor won an enormous hamper of beautiful Christmas food and treats!
Earlier in the year at the AGM of the West Lancs Council for Volunteer Services, Sarah and Sarah met Emma from the Stroke Association, who was also presenting information about her organisation. She made contact after the event, and as a result, a small group of the choir found themselves at Burscough Wharf on a cold damp December 13th morning, singing carols for the group who meet there, many of whom had had strokes in the past. The therapeutic benefit of music and singing for people that have suffered strokes is widely documented, but more importantly we had a wonderful time joining together raising our voices. Practising carols from October onwards can leave the choir slightly immune to them by the time December comes, but the choir all agreed that the warm welcome we received, and the shared experience had really left us all feeling very Christmass-y! It was also wonderful to make contact with a group meeting on our doorstep, and I feel sure that we will be working with them again the very near future.
Finally the main event arrived- Celebrate at St Elizabeth’s on 15th December. You can read a review of the event, and the subsequent concert at Henshaw’s here. And so ended the busiest year yet for ReSound Community Choir!