Singing is back!

At last, it appears we will soon be able to get together as real human beings to once again enjoy the lovely activity of choral singing. This will be a legal activity from 17th May and our first proposed rehearsal is on Thursday 20th May. We are not going to prepare for a formal concert this term. This is to allow everyone to get back into singing and to make it as easy as possible for people to come and sing with us for the first time.

It will be a ten week term of informal sessions at 8.00pm on Thursday evenings, hopefully in our usual venue of Nayland school hall but this is not yet finally confirmed. Nearer the date we will also confirm the measures we will be taking to keep everyone safe.

Folk songs and sea shanties will be the sort of things we will sing this term so that it does not become too taxing. And although there will not be a formal concert, we will probably arrange something informal in the village later in the term.

Then the plan is to work towards a formal choral concert in the autumn term.

As we said – all welcome. Do come and have a good sing!

Covid Carols

Open air carol singing was enjoyed by a good group singing at venues around the village and finishing at the beautiful village Christmas tree. It reaffirmed the sheer pleasure of harmonising together. It also brought Christmas cheer to those who heard us sing.

That was in the days of Tier 2. Unfortunately, only virtual singing is possible under the current Tier 4 regulations.

A Red, Red Rose

UPDATE: We’re sorry to announce that due to the coronavirus this concert is delayed till further notice.

The songs are lovely and early rehearsals were very enjoyable. It would be great to think that this workshop / concert could be resurrected in the not too distant future.

Winter term

The 2019 winter and Christmas season was very successful and very enjoyable for the choir.  The centrepiece of our autumn / winter concert was “Gloria” by John Rutter which provided a stirring finale to a very fine programme of music and songs.  We had the fantastic support of  a brilliant brass section, excellent percussionists and a superb organist.  A large audience enjoyed a fine performance in the lovely St James church.

Many village residents joined in singing carols and Christmas songs in what is always a fun evening in the local pub.  Then Christmas proper began with the choir supporting the service of carols and readings in the church.  This is a very important and very fulfilling part of our calendar and the church was full as usual.