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Christmas Charity Concert at St Michael’s Church

What a wonderful way to celebrate the festive season! With all tickets sold for our Charity Christmas Concert, and more still paying on the door, we sang to a full church.

The afternoon concert included a variety of Christmas music, from traditional carols to modern pieces. There were a few opportunities for the audience to join in too!

New pieces learnt for this concert were two beautiful songs: ‘Still, Still, Still’ and ‘Suo Gan’. These were particularly enjoyed by the audience.

Each section performed their own piece; all very different and well sung. The Altos song was ‘The Colours of Christmas’ by John Rutter, the Tenors and Basses reprised their ‘African Noel’ and the Sopranos sang the lighthearted ‘Holiday Tango’.

The concert ended with ‘O Holy Night’ as an encore; one of the choir’s favourite pieces.

We welcomed Councillor David Cox, representing HITS, who told us all more about the charity which was benefitting from the concert.  St Michael’s Church also shared the more than £1100 raised, so each received over £550.

Thank you to everyone who took part and to Lydia and Roger for their continued support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pavilions – Summer Charity Concert 2023

Following our successful concert last year at the Pavilions, our return visit for Summer Charity Concert, in aid of CHSW, was another wonderful evening. 

With all tickets sold, we were thrilled to hear the many compliments from our audience: “This has been your best show yet”, “…singing with such enthusiasm”, “You obviously all enjoy singing”, “Absolutely brilliant!”

Our set list included a combination of newer songs alongside old favourites. Our opening number, ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ set us off to a great start. Newly learnt songs such as ‘Dancing in the Street’ and the ‘Mary Poppins’  medley resulted in rapturous applause.

The performance provided the opportunity for each of the different sections to sing a song of their choice. The Altos sang ‘A Thousand Years’,  the Sopranos, a medley of two songs: ‘My Fair Ladies’, while the Tenors and Basses sang ‘Under the Boardwalk’.

This performance was much appreciated by the audience. A fantastic £1015.19 was raised from ticket sales, raffle and a door collection for CHSW. We were pleased that Daniela Hopkins from CHSW attended the concert, and explained more about the charity to the audience.

Thanks go to everyone involved in putting on our concert, especially MD Lydia and accompanist Roger.

Click to listen to some highlights from the concert:

Fiddler on the Roof Medley:

 

Sway:

 

Mr Sandman:

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber Medley:

 

Daniela Hopkins from CHSW, along with some of our choir members

 

Singing for the Coronation Celebrations

What a fantastic first performance of 2023 for Teignmouth Sings! From the entry into the marquee, to the end of the performance, the reception from the audience was very positive.

One of those watching was very impressed and took time to include these comments in an email:

“The choir was enthusiastic and organised from the moment they walked in and I was delighted when some of the audience applauded their arrival.

Next, the first number sang, (Chattanooga Choo Choo) was a brilliant choice for an opening song. It set the pace and tone for all that followed. It was sung well and it’s upbeat and loud – so it reached those in the back row of the audience. The rest of the choice of music was bright and cheerful and was sung so very well. Finishing on The Phantom was absolutely the best choice as it brought the house down and several audience members to their feet.”

Many other compliments from the audience were paid to individual choir members, MD Lydia and accompanist, Roger. The enthusiasm of the choir was evident in their singing and smiles! A great preview for the choir’s Summer Concert on 8th July.

Thank you to everyone involved in the performance. Well done to all!

Everyone ready?

Singing with enthusiasm and enjoyment!

 

 

 

 

Teignmouth Sings at St Michael’s for Christmas 2022

Our first Christmas Charity Concert since December 2019 was a wonderfully festive occasion.

A varied programme of Christmas songs was enjoyed by the audience, beginning with  ‘Jingle Bell Rock’. In this arrangement, all sections of the choir sang parts of the melody in turn, showcasing the range and abilities of the differing voices. Similarly, each of the sections sang their own piece, in two ot three part harmonies. The altos sang ‘Somewhere in my Memory’, from the film ‘Home Alone’, and the beautiful ‘Angels’ Carol’ by John Rutter was sung by the sopranos. Later in the concert, the tenors and basses performed a seasonal version of the shanty ‘A Drop of Nelson’s Blood’, which was received very well by all.

The choir showed their versatility by performing upbeat modern and the more traditional songs and carols, along with choral pieces and rounds, some of which were sung ‘a capella’.

There has been a great deal of positive feedback from a number of those watching. We have been told that this was “the best concert yet” and “the choir has gone from strength to strength”. The enthusiasm of the choir was noted by a member of the audience, who also loved the choice of music and said that this was “an afternoon to lift the spitrits”.

The choir chose to donate the monies raised from this performance to Devon Air Ambulance. The audience was given an insight into this charity by their representative, Petula, who attended the concert. A fantastic total of £1007.97 after expenses was raised, which will be used to replace equipment in the crews’ bags.

Thank you to everyone involved for all their hard work, including MD, Lydia, and accompanist, Roger. This certainly was a wonderful occasion!

Choir members with DAA volunteer Petula Dodd.

The Pavilions: Summer Charity Concert 2022

Our Summer Charity Concert in aid of Shelterbox was a great success. This was not only our first performance for three years, due to the pandemic, it was also our first at the Pavilions.

There was an air of anticipation from choir members and audience alike. Nearly a sell out, we were determined to put on an enjoyable show for those watching.

Our set list included pieces to suit all tastes, and were a combination of newer songs alongside old favourites. Songs particularly in favour with the audience were ‘And All That Jazz’, ‘One’ and ‘Happy’. Medleys from the musicals were well received, especially ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ and ‘Les Miserables’.

In order to bring variety to the show, each section in the choir sang a piece of their choosing. The Altos revised one of their favourite section songs, ‘The Rose’, while the Sopranos performed ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?’ The Tenors and Basses combined to sing ‘We Will Rock You’ and encouraged the audience and choir to participate!

All in all, the performance was much enjoyed by the audience and the choir. We raised a wonderful £1353.26 from ticket sales and a door collection for Shelterbox. We were pleased to welcome two representatives, who explained more about the charity during the evening.

Huge thanks go to our MD Lydia, accompanist Roger, and to all involved in putting on a spectacular evening’s entertainment!

 

 

 

 

Christmas Singing in The Triangle

Having had very few opportunities to sing our festive repertoire this year, we were pleased to join in the Teignmouth community celebrations for Christmas. We sang on two occasions, both in The Triangle.

Our first opportunity was on 4th December, in leading the singing of five traditional carols. We were joined by members of the local clergy, who introduced each carol. Despite the damp weather, a small crowd enjoyed the carols and were happy to sing along with us. We were told that “the choir sang wonderfully”.

On 11th December, we sang a varied programme including carols and popular Christmas songs. The weather was kinder, and a good sized crowd gathered to listen. We were particularly pleased to sing ‘Gabriel’s Message’, a new piece learnt for this season. An upbeat version of ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ had the audience clapping along. All in all, this was an enjoyable occasion for everyone, and a comment from someone watching that we “brightened my day” was how we all felt.

Thanks go to Lydia, Roger and Martyn for their hard work.

 

 

MD Jeff moves on to pastures new

After ten years at the helm, culminating in our fantastic 10th Anniversary Concert last June, our MD, Jeff Hocking, is moving on from Teignmouth Sings. He now wishes to focus on his love of musical theatre.

Under Jeff’s leadership, Teignmouth Sings has grown from small beginnings to a 100-strong membership. Over the years, as a result of Jeff’s encouragement and musical influence, the quality and standard of the singing from choir members has developed considerably.

In recognition of Jeff’s time with the choir, a presentation was made at a recent rehearsal. We all wish him well.

Following in his footsteps, as our new MD, is Lydia Sweet (formerly our accompanist).

Outgoing MD Jeff Hocking and Chair Martin Young.

 

Rowcroft Presentation February 2020

Following the great success of our Family Christmas Concert, some of our choir members visited Torquay Rowcroft Hospice, to present a donation of £1594.75.

The group were given a warm welcome and a tour of the facilities; a beautiful, peaceful setting, in which the charity undertake an outstanding role in the South West.

Senior Community Fundraising Officer, Debbi Shotton (centre) receiving the donation for Rowcroft Hospice.

 

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Christmas is Here!

Our second Christmas Family Concert was held at St Michael’s Church on the afternoon of 7th December, in front of an audience of nearly 300 people. After expenses, almost £1600 was raised for Rowcroft Hospice, and a further £150 from the interval refreshments, for St Michael’s Church Fund. A huge thank you to all who attended!

Some new pieces were included in the programme, alongside old favourites for audience participation. Although most were Christmas songs, the inclusion of ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin, and ‘World in Union’ were received well.

We opened the concert with the popular ‘I will Follow Him’ from the film Sister Act. A new piece for us, it begins very gently, then by way of contrast livens up with a gospel beat. Also new this time was ‘We all Stand Together’, which raised hilarity as Lydia donned her ‘frog’ hat!

During the performance, each of the sections in the choir sang a piece of their choosing. The Sopranos sections performed a catchy and upbeat three part harmony ‘Tidings of Comfort and Joy’, based on ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’. Tenors and Basses enjoyed singing and performing the rhythmic ‘African Noel’. For the Alto section, it was the quiet and thoughtful ‘Mary’s Child’.  As is now tradition, Colin, from our Tenor section, sang ‘The Christmas Song’.

‘Star Carol’ and a new version of ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ were two further pieces learnt for this performance. Both of these were tricky pieces to learn, but sound wonderful!

A huge thank you to Lydia, our leader for this term, to our accompanist, Roger, and everyone involved in helping in anyway. Well done to all!

We can see this event fast becoming a Teignmouth Sings tradition!

RNLI Presentation October 2019

Every year, Teignmouth Sings chooses charities to support with funds raised at our performances. We also nominate a charity to receive funds from donations made by choir members for their refreshments at rehearsals. During 2018-19, the RNLI was chosen to receive the refreshment donations.

Some of our members met recently with representatives from Teignmouth RNLI. A donation to the value of £406.18 was made, and the presentation photographs are below.

Special thanks go to choir members Trish, for organising our rehearsal refreshments during break every week, and to Louie, who helps set up refreshments beforehand.

Martin Young presenting the cheque to RNLI representatives. Louie tries a helmet on for size!

Trish, back row, far left, and Louie, front row second from right.

Choir members are given a tour of the lifeboat station.