On Friday evening, around 35 of us braved the cold and wet to go and sing as part of “Yet Another One Off Show”, a variety evening organised by local businesswoman Maggie Nunn to raise funds for the charitable work she does in Nepal. It was great to dust off the music from the Summer season one last time, and share it with a very appreciative audience. I’ll post an update here once I’ve heard from Maggie how much was raised.
It was a late night – not often we go on stage 45 minutes later than planned! Thanks to everyone for bearing with the delays in good humour. If we’re asked back again next year, I’ll ask if we can start the show, rather than being on in the second half – we might get home before breakfast-time then!
So, that was the last of the concerts in which we’re performing music from our Summer season – next time we take to the stage, it will be to share the music we’re currently learning in this Autumn season. In fact, our next public performance will be at the switch-on of West Bridgford’s Christmas Lights, on 23rd November – always a fun event, and one we’re looking forward to. It will be our fourth year appearing at this event – amazing how the time has flown.
We now have the running orders finalised for “A Circle of Life”, and our two end-of-season concerts. These include the soloists for each performance, so you can now get a flavour of how the whole events will run.
A Circle of Life
Away in a manger (soloist: Emily)
When I grow up
You’ve got a friend in me (solo: Charlie)
School’s out/Another brick in the wall
Saturday night’s alright for fighting (solo: Chris Pearsall)
Don’t stop me now
She’s leaving home
If (solo: Lis Luke)
Nine to five
I’ll be there for you
She’s the one (solo: Martin Clarke)
Wonderful tonight (men only)
Circle of life duet (soprano: Julie Hopkinson, alto: Cat Allcock)
Love on the rocks
Don’t you remember (solo: Toni Ratcliffe)
I will survive (women only)
Money, money, money
Do you know where you’re going to?
SONG TBC (solo: Wendy Nutbrown)
When I fall in love
In my life (solo: Louise Beard)
When a child is born
In my daughter’s eyes (solo: Heather Clarke)
Circle of life ensemble (Lis Luke, Clare Buckton, Toni Ratcliffe, Shelley Tidgwell, Paul Howard, James Tringham)
We held our auditions for solos, duets and small ensembles this weekend, which was great fun (well, fun for me – I got to listen to lots of great singing!). I know that all the auditionees find it less fun, as it’s always stressful auditioning. It was really useful having the panel with me too, and their input into the process was invaluable.
I then had the really tough job of deciding what to offer people. This is always difficult, but was made even more so this season by the plans and restrictions I’d put in place for our “A Circle of Life” event. I hate having to turn anyone down, so it’s been a really tough process trying to work everything out. The offers of solos have just been sent out to everyone though, and once the acceptances come in over the next few days, I’ll be able to share who is singing in each event. Congratulations to everyone who gave it a go – it’s a nerve-wracking process, and I salute each and every one of you!
We’ve been invited to go and see a performance by another contemporary community choir, Rock Up And Sing. We’re planning to do some combined work with this choir next year, so it would be great to see them in action. They’re hoping to reciprocate by coming to see “A Circle of Life”, so it would be great to get plenty of singers up to Harrogate to support them. There’s an email going out now to all our singers inviting them – here’s the poster for the event!