The venues are:
St James the Great Church, Stratford Road/Church Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 2AX.
Shirley Methodist Church, 257 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 3AL
3rd St James; 10th Shirley Methodist; 17th St James; 24th Shirley Methodist; 31st St James
7th Shirley Methodist; 14th St James; 21st St James; 28th Shirley Methodist
7th St James; 14th Shirley Methodist; 21st St James; 28th Shirley Methodist
4th St James; 11th Shirley Methodist
entertaining the Layca regulars after their Christmas meal
the soprano section
the whole group with Wendy conducting
Wendy conducting the audience
the bass and soprano sections
the alto and bass sections
Back on the road again! Performing carols (mostly) at St James School Christmas Fayre.
More events to come:
- Christmas Tea at Layca Community Centre on Saturday 10 December at 3:30 pm;
- Christingle Service at St James Church on Wednesday 14 December at 5:30 pm;
- and we will also be entertaining the residents of Longmore Nursing Home a few days before.
Come and see us if you can!
Fantastic Evening. Just two of the shots: All these pictures were taken by Felix Wai Kwan Lo – thank you so much Felix. You can find the rest of his shots in Our Dropbox Folder
Together with our friends from Northfield Notes Community Choir, we sang our hearts out at Northfield Carnival. Thanks for your support. More pictures in our album.
22nd December Carols at Longmore Nursing Home – Much appreciated by the elderly residents. Last minute booking as they had been let down by another group. Joined by three guests who came along to swell the numbers – including a National Express Bus Driver (not in uniform!) Asked us whether we would like to come next year.
18th December Carols at Morrison’s Solihull – A great evening – many smiles from the shoppers and occasional applause. We raised £116 for Acorns Children’s Hospice – even though we weren’t allowed to rattle our collecting buckets! Well done everyone!
12th December Carols at ASDA, Shirley Slightly wet but still worth it. Had our own piper who played an Amazing Grace solo before and after we sang the song. ASDA managed to find a Gazebo so we didn’t get too wet and Andrea found a battery powered key-board so we didn’t need mains electricity. For the carols, Paul Campion, Minister of Shirley Baptist Church played the accordion with great gusto.
Tremendous night. Six choral numbers became seven when the audience accepted the MC’s offer of an “encore”. They wouldn’t let us sit down after our session so we led them all in “this little light of mine”, “you’ll never walk alone” and some rock’n roll numbers, which were all before my time of course!
We are now looking to Christmas. If anyone wants to join us for the rehearsals do come along. Times and places of rehearsals as below
The Choir is now busy rehearsing for our next Concert.
This is called Do They Play Rock n’ Roll in Heaven? – music to rock you; sing along to and to fuel your imagination! This will be at St James the Great Church Shirley on Friday 6th November – all tickets already sold out! Proceeds from this evening will go to the RNIB.
This will be our first concert under our new Director of Music Chris Holley.
Next rehearsal will be at St James on 3rd November at 7:30 pm
2015 is a very exciting time for the choir, marking the 5th Birthday of the Choir and my 2 year anniversary of conducting.
Our first rehearsal back tonight for the new year was great with new and returning faces, making a great sound despite being in the “small hall” which used to be big enough for us all!
Next week (13th) we are at St James and the week after (20th) we are back at the Methodist Church for a Social, with a mini-S.C.G.C Bake-Off Challenge!
As ever- New Members Always welcome! (Especially some more men!)
I hope you have had a lovely summer and a break to do something different with your Tuesday evenings! I hope that like me you are keen to get back to rehearsals and the next season for the choir.
To let you all know due to things happening at St James’ we are not alternating as easily as we have been doing for the start of this term so as follows:
2nd September @ St. James’, Church Road, Shirley, B90 2AX
9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th September, 7th October all @ Shirley Methodist Church, Stratford Road, Shirley, B90 3AL
14th October @ St. James’
All rehearsals are 7.30-9.30 and as ever New Members always welcome (No Audition or Experience Required)
Hope to see you on the 2nd September.