Nov 10

Rememberance Sunday

Every year since the formation of the City Chorus in 2010, members have supported the Letchworth Branch of the Royal British Legion, at their Act of Remembrance and Commitment Service by the War Memorial in Letchworth Town Centre.  Again this year, the weather was sunny but cold- we all took advantage of  an area of pavement which was sunlit, but not a particularly good viewing  point, and were wrapped up in our red scarves.

 The service, with the Salvation Army Band, followed the usual pattern; the hymns ‘O God Our Help In Ages Past’ and ‘Now Thank We All Our God’;  The Last Post, Silence, and The Reveille followed by the laying of wreaths by representatives of local organisations.  Tony and Marie did the honours for us. After the National Anthem, we made our way to the Free Church for the Town Service of Remembrance.      

We had around 40 choristers present. On arrival, while the congregation was settling, we sang ‘Rainy Days and Mondays’.  The Revd John Hardaker led the service which included readings and two hymns ‘Praise to the Lord’ and ‘Eternal Father Strong to Save’ and us singing  ‘And So It Goes’, finishing off with another rendition of the National Anthem. (followed by the true British tradition of a welcome cup of tea).

 

NB   Tony conducted us today;   due to Janet’s illness, Wendy , a friend of Irene,was our pianist.  We thank her for stepping ‘into the breach’  and all of us join together in wishing Janet a full and speedy recovery.

Sep 28

City Chorus in our community; helping friends who help others

Kanyike

 

September 28 2013; Spirella Ballroom:

We were invited by Trish Saunders, one of our choristers, to

entertain the diners at a Supper Dance she was organising to raise funds for this project.

More than 40 of us, with Nat conducting, sang three pieces between the starter and main course.  The pieces chosen were The Lion King medley, This is The Day, and Hallelujah.  (It felt a bit weird as we were standing in the middle of the ballroom floor, facing half of the diners, with our backs to the rest!)

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2 Dounton Ball City Chorus

City Chorus 2

Details of the project can be found on the website www.kanyike-project.co.uk and the press release for the event.can be found at NEWS RELEASE Dounton Charity Ball for Herts Life.

Sep 05

Summer Semester 2013 Newsletter

Margaret Powell

Margaret Powell

Our very own blog writer Margaret Powell has produce a brilliant newsletter detailing what City Chorus has been up to so far this year.

Take a look here –> City Chorus Summer Semester newsletter 2013

Jul 14

St Mark’s Parish Church, Hitchin

St Peters

The Final Concert of the Summer took place in the Vicarage Garden.  35 choristers on a very hot afternoon.  A large gazebo was provided for us to stand under to save us all melting and burning.   Tony conducted, more or less the same pieces as have been performed during the previous concerts.   The vicar has a young family, so there were plenty of activities for the many young children who were there. This sort of Garden Party is a regular occurrence at this Church.   We were also entertained by the Letchworth Town Band, who played a great range of different genres of music. We enjoyed this very much

 

More scones, strawberries and cake were consumed!!!.

Jul 06

Tea Tour Finale Concert

Free Church Letchworth

Letchworth Free Church

Letchworth Free Church

(This event started out as the last concert for the summer Tea Tour, but there was still one to follow)

 

There was a huge input from choristers into this afternoon, not just the music side (conductors,   accompanist,  music equipment set-up).  Many were involved in the marketing, and refreshments preparation side too (too many to name and I would probably leave someone out!)

 

It was a beautiful sunny day, so we are able to set up some tables on the lawn by the church hall as well inside the hall.  Guess what was to eat?… Scones, Cream and Strawberry Jam of course.   Plus copious cups of tea and coffee.

 

There were around 100 people in the audience, not bad for such a hot day, with other attractions going on in parts of the Town.

 

We sang fourteen pieces as a choir, with the men in a starring role performing ‘Always a woman to me’ about half-way through.   We sang straight through with no interval.

 

Started with Lion King Medley;  Don’t stop Believin’;  Rainy Days and Mondays;  Hail Holy Queen; God so Loved the World;  And so it Goes;  Bohemian Rhapsody;  Mens piece;  This is the Day;   Bridge over Troubled Water;  Every time I Feel the Spirit;  Hallelujah;   Forever Motown;  Wheels of a Dream.

 

We did our new choreography for Motown;  I shall never listen to ‘Ain’t No Mountaion High Enough’ again without giggling.

 

We all then scurried to our respective tasks, fellas to sort out the church furniture and gals to serve the teas.  We joined in the eating and then set-to on the clearing up, washing up and sweeping etc.

 

A lovely way to spend an afternoon with our Chorus Friends.

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