Last Thursday I said there would be no rehearsal this week, 5th May, due to a service in the church. I’ve since found out the church isn’t in use so we can meet as normal. See you all then. If you’re in the correct polling district you’ll be able to pop in to vote at the Mission Hall across the road while you’re here!
Next week, 24th March, there will be NO REHEARSAL as it’s Maundy Thursday and the church will be in use for services.
Happy Easter and see you all on 31st!
This Thursday we had our ‘AGM’, and Julie, Andy and Vicky all kindly volunteered to carry on in their various roles to help the choir, as Treasurer, Librarian and Publicity Officer. Thanks also to Sylvia who has stepped forward to keep tabs on our choir tee-shirts, and to those who brew up, set up and pack away at every rehearsal. All your hard work is much appreciated!
Happy new year all! Choir rehearsals will start again this Thursday, 7th January. We’ll start the year by working on Fix You by Coldplay, a lovely song which has been arranged for four-part unaccompanied choir. Hope to see you all there!
Are you looking to start something new this year? Why not join our choir, new members are always welcome. Just come along any Thursday 7pm-9pm, you don’t need to have any singing experience.
Another excellent performance! It was good to sing in a quieter space, and to support Roman Road Independent Methodist Church with an important act of worship for Christians at this time of year. It was a lovely carol service to be part of, and again we were well looked after with tea and mince pies!
Thanks to the congregation of Roman Road for including us in the service, and for the warm words afterwards.
Thanks also to all our choir members! Everyone has worked very hard all year, and especially in the run-up to Christmas, and this is really showing in our performances. Wishing you all a very merry Chirstmas and a happy new year – enjoy your break!
With Christmas almost upon us, I’m sure everyone is feeling very festive after tonight’s performance! We sang through everything Christmassy in our repertoire, and had a Christmas singalong too. Mary’s Boy Child was particularly well-received, which is great as we worked very hard on this! We were grateful to be given cake and tea after our performance too – the ladies looked after us very well.
Again it was nice to have time to socialise after the performance and get to know our newer members better.
Tomorrow’s events preceding the lights switch-on have been cancelled due to bad weather. I know we all had our wellies, hats, coats, scarves and thermal undies at the ready! Take care during the wet and wild weather, and see you Thursday at Charles Morris House.
Well, it’s a good job our rehearsals of Christmas music are coming along well! Tonight I gave choir members a list of potential performances we could work towards this Christmas, and the vote was almost unanimous that we’d like to do almost all of them!
It’s great to see such enthusiasm, so the dates for your diary are: Saturday 12th December, we will be singing in the afternoon of the lights switch-on; Thursday 17th December, we’ll be singing carols at Charles Morris House, and on Sunday 20th December, we’ll be singing as part of the Roman Road Independent Methodist Church Carol Service.
Over summer we have been joined at rehearsals by Maria, who returns to Spain this weekend to finish her studies. We wish her all the best and thank her for her cheerful input over the last few months.
Last Saturday, the council organised a fun day in Higher Failsworth Memorial Park, and we were very pleased to be asked to sing! We performed many of our Carnival favourites again, along with new pieces we learnt in the summer: Summertime; Lean on Me; Rivers of Babylon; and All You Need Is Love.
Thanks to all who came to sing and to watch, and special thanks to Michael McCready and Jack Kirkup for their solos, and Andrew Rossall for accompanying some songs on guitar.
Whilst everyone had their tee-shirts with them at rehearsal tonight, we popped outside for a quick photo to show them off! Thanks to the passer-by who took these pictures for us.
On Thursday 23rd, instead of our rehearsal we went along to Brierfields, to sing some of our songs from the Carnival performance for them. We also took with us words to some old favourites for a singalong. We received a really warm welcome and had a great time sharing in music.
It was also nice to pop off to the Willow Tavern afterwards, in our new tee-shirts, and get time away from rehearsals to chat. Some of us even won chocolates in the quiz afterwards!
Well, I thoroughly enjoyed our performance at Failsworth Carnival on Sunday! Some of the pieces sounded fantastic, and we have come a long way since we started out in January. The weather turned out great, and everyone sang with lots of smiles and confidence.
We’ll discuss on Thursday what we want to work towards next.
It looks like Singin’ in the Rain wasn’t such a good prediction for Sunday, as the weather forecast is for a fine and sunny day. This is great news for everyone who will be going to either day of the Carnival, and we hope all enjoy the weekend. We’ll still be performing Singin’ in the Rain as it sounds so good after all the practice!
We’ll also be performing California Dreamin’, Dream a Little Dream, I’m a Believer, and Bridge Over Troubled Water – make sure you catch us on the Oldham Community Radio stage, 1:00 – 1:10 and 2:00 – 2:10 on Sunday 7th.
Phew, tonight’s rehearsal was long! We cut our brew break short, and sang through every piece we’ve done since January, all in one night. It was great to see how far we’ve come since we started 4 months ago, and our newer members quickly picked up on songs we practised before they joined, so well done everyone!
Out of our 8 pieces, we wanted to choose 4 to sing at the Failsworth Carnival, but as the rehearsal went so well we just couldn’t narrow it down and chose 5 in the end. Now the hard work really starts, to be at our best ready for our first performance.
Our thanks go to Cllr Elaine Garry, who is providing us with the funding we need to produce publicity materials ahead of Failsworth Carnival. We are hoping for a great day, and would love to see the choir grow in numbers as a result of our first public performance. Please come and see us on the day if you are considering joining the choir, and do take away a flyer.
We have applied to be part of Failsworth Carnival and have been given a slot: thanks to the Carnival Committee and Oldham Community Radio for accommodating us at the event. We will be performing twice on Sunday 7th June, 1:00 – 1:10 and 2:00 – 2:10. We would love our supporters to come along that day, so that we have some friendly faces in the audience! If you can’t be there, who knows, you may hear us on Oldham Community Radio!
Now to get practising and decide what to sing…
The church is in use for Easter services this evening, so we will take a well-earned break. See you on the 9th!
The choir has now been going for one month, so we decided a few things about how we run during tonight’s rehearsal. An important part of this was the decision to have a break and a brew at 8pm, and thanks go to the ladies who offered to keep us topped up with tea and biscuits. We also decided that regular members would pay £1 per night to cover our costs, but that new faces wouldn’t be asked to pay on their first night.
We set our sights on Failsworth Carnival as our first public appearance, and agreed we would work towards this in the coming months.
We had a really great turnout for our first ever rehearsal, and sounded good! Thanks to all who came along – hope to see you next week, and bring a friend if you can!