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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.

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

 

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Teignmouth Sings Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 22nd September 2014 at the United Reformed Church in Teignmouth.

 

Our Growing Repertoire!

Since January 2014, we have been pleased to have an excellent accompanist working with us. Our Musical Director is now able to concentrate on leading the choir ‘from the front’ during rehearsals, which is really helping to enhance our performance.

We have learnt a number of new pieces this year, from a range of genres, and look forward to including these within our performances during 2014. Please contact us through the website if you are interested in booking us for a performance!

2013 What a year for Teignmouth Sings!

What a year for Teignmouth Sings!

Teignmouth Sings has gone from strength to strength during the past year, as a result of the hard work put in by Jeff Hocking, our Musical Director, and our enthusiastic and committed members. We continue to add to our growing repertoire, and our performances are always well received.

We use our performances to support charities, and 2013 saw us help to raise funds for a variety of local, national and international charities. These included ‘Volunteering in Health’, when we sang at their Fun Day on the Den. This was our first outdoor performance of the year, and thankfully, it was a dry and bright day, but we had to battle with the breeze, as it whipped up our music scores!

July arrived, and with it came three performances, all well supported. The RNLI fundraising day at Cliffden was the first, when we sang a short selection. This was followed by a full evening of song at St Michael’s Church. What a fantastic evening we had, especially as we had soaring temperatures to contend with, in the summer heatwave! On the Den, for Teignmouth Carnival Week, we sang a programme of a few favourites, including highlights from Mamma Mia and Les Misérables.

Since our summer break, we have had the opportunity to perform to various audiences. We have sung at, what was for us, a new venue; Palace Avenue Methodist Church in Paignton. Our audience was very responsive and complimentary, and have invited our choir to return again this year. This was closely followed by our ‘fringe’ performance for the Teignmouth Jazz Festival, and our repertoire for the evening was linked (albeit loosely) to this musical genré.

Our Christmas performance, supporting Torbay Hospital League of Friends, was enjoyed by another new audience. We are happy that our choir has been invited to sing again for them.

Finally, we were asked, once again, to participate in the URC Carols by Candlelight Service, when we sang from our Christmas repertoire.

If you haven’t taken the opportunity to come along to one of our performances, please do! You may be inspired enough to join us. We have great fun and we’re always happy to welcome new members.

Jo Workman

Chair, January 2014

 

Teignmouth Sings Concert in aid of Children’s Hospice South West

Teignmouth Sings, our fabulous choir, performed a concert Friday 19th July 7.30pm in St Michael’s Church Teignmouth to raise money for charity.Our chosen charity was Children’s Hospice South West and St Michael’s Church will also be choosing a charity to support…

See the charity website:- http://www.chsw.org.uk/

For information re this performance, please download the Charity_Concert_Poster_July_2013 (this is a pdf file).

The choir prepare for a fabulous summer

For the summer 2013 performances “Teignmouth sings” rehearsed fresh material by well-known artists new and old.

For Choir Members and the Director of Music, new songs lift our spirits and though sometimes it is a challenge to learn something new, once we’ve “cracked” it there is a real buzz, and the enthusiasm of our singers grows as does their confidence.

Once a small community, our choir is now growing into a much bigger happy family, singing not only music we love but also songs our audiences tell us are a joy to listen to!

Public performances in the summer of 2013 included a performance for Volunteering in Health on the Den, a concert in aid of the RNLI at the Cliffden Hotel, a concert in aid of Children’s Hospice South West and last but not least the great Choir Sing Off! in the marquee on the Den on July 23rd