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
– no more rehearsals (Half Term)
1st – St James, 8th – Shirley Methodist, 15th – St James, 22nd – Shirley Methodist,
29th – St James
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.
Thank you choir for the concert last weekend at St Mary’s Wythall, lots of great comments and we still look like we enjoy ourselves when we sing, that’s good isn’t it?! Also if you missed thisweeks rehearsal- the concert raised £1000, which will be shared between Acorns and Christian Aid.
Thanks also for this Tuesday rehearsal learning new songs, which sounded great already! Below are links to youtube videos of them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0TInLOJuUM Cat Stevens- Morning has broken
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_TTr_2ywbI The same arrangement of Summer Holiday
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg3d0g6IPQI And an arrangement we may well could copy/do something similar of Amen Siakudumisa.
We are also taking this coming week off, 27th May, as this last half term is going to be a long one until the summer. 🙂 See you the following week as we will confirm our Summer Diary of where we are performing and when.
We’ve been working really hard over the last few months and now it is time to look forward to 2 weeks off. So we are back (At St. James) on 29th April, 7.30pm, then we have 3 rehearsals until our performance at St Mary’s Wythall. (www.wythallchurch.net)
Also here is a link to the Swahili welcome song we sung in our warm up this week if you want to practice the words- www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUrVeRGo5IM
Finally if you are reading this as someone looking to join a choir, you are still really welcome to come and join us after our Easter break.