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
Rehearsal dates and venues in October 2017:
3rd St James; 10th Shirley Methodist; 17th St James; 24th no rehearsal; 31st Shirley Methodist – also on October 21st we are taking part in the Three Choirs Concert in Hollywood.
in November 2017
7th St James; 14th Shirley Methodist; 21st St James; 28th Shirley Methodist
and in December 2017
5th St James; 12th Shirley Methodist; 19th St James
Come and invite your friends to this feast of Choral Music. Three choirs for the price of one! Our share of the proceeds will go to St Basils which prevents youth homelessness by providing support and accommodation. More details on http://www.stbasils.org.uk/ We will be singing:
Let Me Ride
Bless The Lord With Me
Soon and Very Soon
This Little Light of Mine
Deep Down in My Soul
Delighted to announce that Katie Roe has accepted our invitation to be our new Music Director. We will get her profile on this site as soon as we can.
Another terrific Annual Concert where we said farewell to our Director Chis Holley. We raised £552.40 for This Way Up, which works in Solihull secondary schools among young people who are coping with loss in their lives eg bereavement or family breakdown.
Singing our first item
Our accompanist George Ireland, who also serenaded us with ‘Au Clair De La Lune’ and Beethoven’s Pathétique. Thank you so much George
Chris joking with the audience. Some of us laughed!
Cheryl Hawkins, Director of This Way Up, sharing some of the fantastic work, this charity does in Solihull Secondary schools.
Will Tuckwell our virtuoso guitarist playing one of his two jazz pieces, including ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’. Great stuff!
Chris Holley receiving a standing ovation from the choir – richly deserved. Chris will shortly be moving to Cardiff, Shirley’s loss is certainly Cardiff’s gain.
The This Way Up information table with Director Cheryl Hawkins and Trustee John Bradley. Cheryl writes: “It was a great event with lots of community spirit and I’m very pleased to let you know that a total of £552.40 was put into our collecting bucket! This certainly exceeded my expectations. Please pass on my appreciation to the choir members for a very enjoyable and successful evening for This Way Up.”
If you want to hear the arrangement of Goin’ Home, click on this link: Goin’ Home Link
The choir is looking for a new passionate, fun and experienced musical director to start from July 2017.
The new director:
- will conduct rehearsals from 19:30-21:30 on Tuesday evenings during term time plus performances.
- should be motivated to inspire the choir in enjoyable community music-making, embracing our style of being relaxed and open to all.
- should be able to source and/or arrange affordable repertoire.
- should be able to bring his or her own keyboard (or other instrument) to rehearsals to accompany or give notes.
Although the choir includes many non-Christians, and sings secular songs at non-religious events etc, we are looking for a Christian music director as this is a core aspect of the choir.
The fee is £50 per rehearsal and £60 per performance.
For full details: Click Here
We held a mini concert as part of an open day at Shirley Methodist Church. We sang five songs which seemed to go down very well.
Chris and Will Rehearsing
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