Happy New Year.
What’s in store for 2017? Here’s our workshops so far
- Thursday 26th January 0945-1145. Singing and Art Workshop onboard the Thames Venturer Community boat. A handful of places still available. £18. Bookable by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thursday 16th March 0930 – 1500 Creative Communities in Flow. Brand NEW for 2017. Pencil in the date for now and get excited. It’s local, it’s brilliant, it’s more than just singing and it’s one not to miss. Click here for details.
- Friday 14th – Sunday 16th July. 8th annual Happy Family Camping festival weekend. Workshops will include Singing, drumming, Yoga and Circus skills with new workshops in the pipeline. Our 8th annual camp will be open for bookings from February onwards. Click here for details.
- April/May/June Dip dip & Sing Kayaking on the Thames and singing workshop dates will be published at the end of January. Click here for details
Merry Christmas At The Rose theatre 2016
Congratulations to all our acts who provided a fabulous evening of entertainment at The Rose Theatre Annual Christmas fundraising concert on Monday 12th Dec. Our Musical Director, Mary Bourne, who produced and hosted the show, was thrilled that the performance was so well attended, with over 3/4 of the 900 capacity theatre seats filled. The blocking rehearsal during the day was slick and calm. The amazingly patient stage crew at the theatre Rob, Jess and Dave, had us lit up, miked up and cued on with such ease. 181 performers ranging from age 8 to 76 worked hard all afternoon to rehearse their sets which they’d been learning over the Autumn, in preparation for the evening performance. The show started with a beautiful solo of Walking in the air accompanied by a young ballerina. Together this young pair, representing the Snowman and the Boy, took us on a magical flying journey to the North Pole. This was the moment that Christmas had truly started for our Musical Director and to watch the ease and grace of these two young performers was truly magical. The first choir of the evening, The Canbury Singers, captivated the audience with their traditional carols and thus begun an evening of diverse and entertaining acts from our community. In total darkness, The Movement Warriors (a dance troop made up of teenage boys) brought an energised modern contemporary dance routine to the stage. They were absolutely electrifying and completely WOWED the audience. Before the interval, the gorgeous young voices of The Tiffin Children’s chorus sang some well known Christmas favourites and entranced the audience with their wonderful perfomance.
After the interval, The Jenny Green Jazz trio had the audience joining in with some well love Christmas classics, and the sound of laughter and singing could be heard all around the auditorium. The syncopated students from Tiffin school,The Tiffinians, were pure musical genius. The close harmony group gave us lots of ‘ooh’, ‘aah’ and ‘ha-ha-ha’ moments and these talented young men were appreciated by the audience who just wanted ‘more, more’. Last, but by no means least, our Musical Director proudly introduced her own choir, the 65 strong Singing it Back Tuesday evening choir, to the stage. Don’t they look amazing in the photo? Their performance was stunning, moving and uplifting and was all over too fast.
The evening was the culmination of many months of planning, preparing, rehearsing, choreographing and producing. The end result was spectacular and was everything we could have wished for. What a fabulous way to end the year – here’s looking forward to 2017! Our Musical Director and founder, Mary, is already busy creating all sorts of wonderful ways to bring more music in the community and beyond for the year ahead. She would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all our singers, their friends and families and the wonderful community around us for all their support over the last 10 years. Singing bringing communities together and making the world a happier harmonised place.
One of our favourite performances
A blast from the past. This amazing arrangement of Guide thee oh thou great redeemer was first taught to our Musical Director in 1986. It was written by her Music Teacher Chris O’Hara and she always vowed to one day sing it again as an adult. Almost 30 years later and still sounding fabulous.
Thursday 15th December 2016 8pm
Come and join us for a very special evening of Taize Singing in preparation for the busy festive season ahead. Our workshop is open to all, regardless of musical experience. A fabulous opportunity to de-stress and meditate through the power of singing. These beautiful simple Taize chants will leave you feeling calmer, less stressed and have you feeling ready for the busy festive season ahead. Take a moment to reflect on the past year and leave feeling nourished and energised.
St Paul’s C of E Junior School Hall. Princes Road, Kingston. KT2 6AZ
To book your place email email@example.com
£8 (in advance) £10 on the door.