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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.

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.

 

 

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!

Teignmouth Sings out at its 10th Anniversary Concert!

Congratulations to Teignmouth Sings on their 10th Anniversary concert, attended by their founder David Roberts, who travelled specially from Wales. We were treated to a vibrant and varied concert….. it was so good to hear more modern songs alongside old favourites. The quality of singing and the obvious excitement of the choir shone through. ‘Whistle down the Wind’ was especially poignant, starting with a few original members, with the rest of the choir then joining in, showing how far they have come. This was a really uplifting evening, thank you! (Written by member of the audience who watched the performance. High praise indeed!)

“The best concert you’ve ever done!” was a comment repeated by a number of those in the audience.“I was spellbound” was another. Well deserved praise for the seventy members of Teignmouth Sings on stage, MD Jeff Hocking and accompanists Lydia and Roger, for this special celebration.

What a resounding success the evening was for Teignmouth Sings, at their 10th Anniversary Concert. The repertoire was chosen to reflect the breadth of music sung from when the choir was founded in 2009, to new pieces, learnt particularly for this performance.

From the opening medley, ‘Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat’,  to the closing favourite, ‘Les Miserables’, the audience showed their appreciation with energetic applause. It was obvious that everyone performing and watching were enjoying themselves.

Highlights along the way included moving performances of ‘You Raise Me Up’, from the Soprano section and ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, from the Altos. The Tenors and Basses had great fun singing ‘Drive My Car’, and their enjoyment was infectious. This was also true of Colin’s ‘The Lady is a Tramp’.

The second set opened with the impressive choral piece ‘Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi’, sung to a high standard, in six part harmony. ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ was one of the original pieces learnt. Those who have been members of Teignmouth Sings since 2009 opened the song as a small group, along with founder David Roberts. The whole choir then joined in to finish the piece. This clearly showed the growth and development of the choir. Outstanding!

This certainly was a celebration for Teignmouth Sings, with funds of over £1000 raised for MIND. Well done and thank you to all involved and those who came to enjoy the performance.

Fun at the Christmas Family Concert!

Our first Christmas Family Concert, held at St Michael’s Church on 1st December, was well received by all. The informality of the performance, along with choosing to hold it during the afternoon, proved popular. The audience, of more than 250, raised in excess of £1500 for Rowcroft Hospice, and a further £150 for St Michael’s Window Restoration Fund. What a fantastic achievement!

The choir had learnt a number of new pieces for this performance, and sang those with enthusiasm. These were interspersed with favourites from previous years. In addition, for the first time, songs particularly chosen for audience participation, encouraged children to play percussion instruments.

The afternoon began with a rousing ‘Celebration Canon’ by Mozart. The audience appreciated new additions of popular songs, including ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘A Million Dreams’. Both of these were chosen to appeal to all ages, and they certainly did.

The repertoire allowed smaller groups to sing during the concert. The Sopranos sections performed John Rutter’s beautiful ‘Angels Carol’ with grace and feeling. A further emotive piece, ‘The Coventry Carol’ was sung by small group of Alto and soprano members, in part a cappella. Colin, from our Tenor section, by way of contrast, performed a light hearted and enjoyable ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’.

‘Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth’ and ‘Gaelic Blessing’ were two further pieces learnt for this performance. Both of these have wonderful harmonies. They contrasted the upbeat Gospel song, ‘Halle, Halle, Halle’, the opening song of the second set, accompanied by choir member, Helen setting the beat on the drum.

Audience comments ere very favourable: “Wow! Maybe the start of a new tradition of having a regular family concert at Christmas…”; ” You’ve come alive-we found it an exciting and wonderful event.”; “We were due to leave at the interval to go to a party, but were enjoying it so much that we stayed for the end.”; “Best concert to date!”; “We really enjoyed the rather less formal and more relaxed atmosphere.”

A huge thank you to Lydia, our leader for this term and concert, to our accompanists, Roger and Helen, and everyone involved in helping in anyway. Great teamwork by all of us!

Singing our hearts out!

Article from Dawlish Post 1st March 2019

 

What a Show! 2018 Summer Charity Performance at the Riviera

What a show!

Teignmouth Sings once again provided a wonderful evening of song at the Riviera. A mix of new songs and those from the past repertoire, all performed to a high standard, were enjoyed by all. Throughout the evening, there was rapturous applause from the audience.

The first set began and ended with confident renditions of medleys from the musicals: ‘Oliver’ and ‘Mamma Mia’. Songs from varied genres including ‘One Love’, ‘Moon River’ and ‘Unchained Melody’ (sung in three part harmony by the Alto section) added to the occasion.

After the interval, a rousing medley of Irving Berlin songs (‘America’), was well received, as were the two following, from West Side Story. The set continued, and Tenor, Colin, sang ‘September in the Rain’, accompanied by Musical Director, Jeff Hocking. The evening concluded with a medley of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs, to the delight of the audience.

Comments made by a number of those who came to the performance included, “First time to hear you, but not the last!”, “All enjoyable and varied. Very impressive presentation.” and “Skyfall was amazing!”

Thank you to all involved, including accompanist Lydia, who added some further variety by playing the bongo!

The funds raised were in aid of the MNDA, which amounted to the grand sum of £1100!

Martin Young (Chair of Teignmouth Sings) presenting the cheque to the family of Katy Jones, a former choir member, who died from motor neurone disease in September 2017.

Christmas 2017

Teignmouth Sings participated in a few events during the festive season.

We were happy to support the turning on of the Christmas Lights on 25th November.

On 10th December, as part of the ‘Carols on your Doorstep’, we sang carols and festive songs for an hour in Maudlin Drive.

The Carols by Candlelight Service at the URC, where we rehearse on a weekly basis, was Teignmouth Sings’ final outing of the year.

Our singing was appreciated by all at these events. Thank you for your support and encouragement.