Our Christmas Celebrations were again a huge hit with choristers and audience alike. This year we were joined in our two smaller concerts by The Emery Ensemble, a small ladies vocal group who sang a large range of Christmas Songs. At the Assembly Hall we were once again joined by The Worthing Youth Big Band who went down a storm.
We undertook a joint venture with RSOPA to perform Joseph and Trial by Jury. We had a great time with the children of RSOPA.
We were fundraising in aid of RSOPA to aid them with their purchase of the building they currently rehearse in.
We raised just short of £1750 for RSOPA.
Well what a fantastic response to our Summer concerts... we had a few surprises in store with the first ever tap dance routine to 'One' including Amy, Jana, Karen, Rosemary, Pauline W., Tony & Trevor from the Rowland Singers along with the fabulous Stewart Singers. The Stewart Singers were also a huge hit with numbers from Cabaret, Chicago and some music hall favourites too, including a sing-a-long for the audience.
For the second summer running we sold out at Emmanuel and I speak on behalf of the audience and the choir who all had a fantastic time.
A huge thank you to Kathryn, our accompanist, who this year also took a turn at conducting The Blue Bird whilst Helen took the soprano solo. Kathryn also turned into 'Brian May' at the piano whilst the choir sang Bohemian Rhapsody.
Another massive thank you has to go to Helen for choosing such a brilliant set of music and whipping us into shape for such a great set of concerts... Here's to the next adventure!
5 choirs sung in a fun filled evening of entertainment in the Woodville, Gravesend. Rainham Ladies were the host choir for the event. The Thames South group had decided to raise money for the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance and were delighted to be able to present them with a cheque for £300 on the night. Our next joint choral event will be 21st March 2015 when the NAC annual conference hits Worthing!!
Well we had a fantastic time in France despite the fact Beth (our soprano soloist) broke her foot on the way to France! She managed to still sing whilst seated in a wheelchair! We also had more dramas with Andrea spending one night in a French hospital... Despite these setbacks we managed to have a marvellous time and our own concert was amazing... we had an immediate standing ovation at the end of The Easter Hymn and were asked for an encore!
Our joint concert on the Friday was also a great experience and one that the choir will not forget in a hurry. The first half was taken by the Ernee-Chailland Choir and followed by us. We then joined ranks for a joint item - Chanter (which we learned on the bus on the way to St Malo on the Thursday morning!) - our French may have been slightly fudged but it was still a great experience.
Our Easter concerts were a huge success. Fantastic works chosen by Helen. Once again supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Our Christmas Concerts and Carol Singing events went with a bang this year. We had a fantastic time singing at our three main concerts as well as singing in lots of pop up events around the town and beyond...
We raised a fantastic £1000 (which includes an anonymous donation) for MND Association a fantastic charity that funds research into finding a cure for this disease.
8th Dec. - Haskins Garden Centre
9th Dec. - Worthing Rugby Club
13th Dec. - Offington Park Methodist Church
14th Dec. - Outside Beales (Worthing town centre)
16th Dec. - St Margarets Angmering
19th Dec. - Assembly Hall, Worthing
21st Dec. - Carol Singing Worthing Hospital
Well what a fantastic concert... we managed under the fantastic guidance of Helen pulled off our first concert this year with only 5 rehearsals!
We would like to thank The Emery Ensemble for joining us at this concert. They were fabulous!
Now on to Christmas!
Helen & Jacky received a wonderful letter from Peter Atkins following our Sounds of Summer concert...
"Dear Helen & Jacky,
I am still being thrilled after your choir's performance last evening.
Every day I listen to a CD of 'Les Mis.' and you certainly did it justice. The musical arrangements were fabulous and the soloists ought to be congratulated as it obviously requires considerable nerve.
The choice of well known songs obviously pleased your entire audience.
Joshua Hargreaves is an outstanding violinist even before going to Bristol Uni. what a talent!
Please congratulate your wonderful, outstanding choir and may every member continue to give audiences pleasure for a very long time.
The fact that you sing classical and songs from shows, etc, makes you the most acceptable choir in Worthing and its surrounds,
Well what can we say ... SOLD OUT!! Fabulous concert, full house...
Was a fantastic end to our year with a packed venue, a great sing and a very appreciative audience.
Joshua Hargreaves, our soloist at both venues, was fabulous and is going to go a long way if he chooses to pursue this as his career... The Rowland Singers all wish him well in Bristol when he goes off to university in September.
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