The torrential rain stopped, and the sun made its appearance, about an hour before we were due to assemble on the Den. Our opening number for our Carnival singing this year was Chattanooga Choo Choo; a brilliant opener, as it contrasted so well with what had gone before.
As we sang though our numbers, it was evident that the audience enjoyed our set, of both a cappella and accompanied pieces. We scored very highly on the smile rate too, due to encouragement from our accompanist, with her own smiley face reminder each time we looked at her! An audience member standing at the very back of the marquee mentioned that we were very easy to hear, as our volume was perfect and our enunciation made our singing much clearer. Those weekly warm up exercises of ‘Ted’s got a head like a ping pong ball’ obviously paid off, as did those reminders to smile!
We were very well received by an appreciative audience who had struggled to attend through inclement weather; it’s so rewarding that there are so many people in Teignmouth and the local area who will come out to see live music.
Our penultimate performance of this year was a short set at the Alice Cross Funday, on the Den. Our song list rehearsed, everyone confident and ready to sing… and then the breeze whipped up. As a result, some fumbling of musical scores ensued, and our accompanist and leader for the day, with the aid of a choir member holding the pages as much as turning them, thankfully managed to follow the score! ‘Whistle down the Wind’, one of our chosen pieces, was certainly very apt!
Our audience was appreciative, and we sang a variety of accompanied and a cappella songs. This included, for its first time in public, the Everly Brothers’ classic, ’All I have to do is Dream’.
Below is a note of thanks received from the manager of the Alice Cross Centre:
Dear Teignmouth Sings
Thank you so much for your inspiring performance on Saturday. You brought our wonderful day to a wonderful close and we are very grateful.
You helped us to raise £1800 on the day, which will be used to help cover running costs for the Alice Cross Centre.
Many thanks for all the good work you do helping organisations like ours to raise funds.
Our Spring concert on the 5th June 2015 was as far as we know the only concert in Teignmouth Sings’ history where we actually sold all available tickets… and SOLD OUT had to be pinned to the door!
This was a super concert, a long time in the planning, preparation and rehearsing. The venue of the newly refurbished Our Lady and St Patrick’s was probably the best we had ever sung in as regards its acoustics, not to mention the warmth of our reception from the Church and the large audience.
Brand new for this concert were Something’s Coming and Tonight from West Side Story.In rehearsal we’d been a little nervous about performing these complicated compositions with their intricate harmonies, subtle key & time changes – but all went well on the night!
Other offerings include our big sets of the Andrew Lloyd Webber medley, Beatles in Review, Fiddler on the Roof, Mamma Mia, and to finish off with …..Les Misérables.
To add variety we seasoned liberally with He Ain’t Heavy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Rhythm of Life, To Make You Feel My Love, Something Inside So Strong a cappella …
The proceeds from this concert will support concert the work of CAFOD, the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales( part of Caritas International), which helps those in poverty and in crisis overseas. The picture below from the Teignmouth Post shows a ‘big cheque’ for £1200.00 being handed over by committee members to Marcia Doherty of CAFOD.
Take a look at the gallery page to find a selection of photographs from the evening.
This was an evening that Teignmouth Sings had been looking forward to for a long time…..
Anita and Michael Bartlett with Teignmouth Sings
A local couple, Anita and Michael Bartlett, contacted us in late 2014 to ask if we would sing for a special event they were organising at the Langstone Cliff Hotel in Dawlish Warren – their Golden Wedding Anniversary!
Anita and Michael liaised with Teignmouth Sings as regards choice of music, and wanting their special occasion to be a little different, had hit on the idea of their guests donating to chosen charities rather than presenting them with gifts.
Guests assembled for dinner early evening in the the Washington Ballroom, and our one hour mid-evening performance included a new medley learned specially for the occasion, ‘Beatles in Review’ arranged by Ed Lojeski *
So that we were offering the guests a good selection from down the years we also sang:-
Big City Beat * Make you feel my Love * the Mamma Mia Medley *
Sing a Song * Whistle down the Wind * Close to You
Bohemian Rhapsody * Chattanooga Choo Choo * Rhythm of Life
At the end of the performance we presented Anita and Michael with a congratulatory bouquet and a card signed by members of the choir. The money raised by the event for Children’s Hospice South West was £405.
We were recorded by a member of the audience singing Chattanooga Choo Choo….
“Pardon me boy…”
* The Beatles in Review is a popular selection for choirs – if you are interested click on the following links:-
Performance by El coro de la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Performance by Vox Harmony Choir, Launceston, Tasmania
“And though you turn from me to glance behind, the Phantom of the Opera is there inside your mind …..ah ah ah ah AH ! “
Teignmouth sang at the Palace Avenue Church
This was the rousing finale to our concert at the Palace Avenue Methodist Church in Paignton on the evening of Saturday 7th March. We enjoyed an excellent reception from the church, and were doubly rewarded by a very good audience which packed every row in the venue.
Jazzy, wistful, soulful, bluesy, melodic… the two halves of our concert offered lots of variety from ‘Big City Beat’ to ‘Close to You’, from ‘Whistle down the Wind’ to ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’
This was the second time we had sung our new Andrew Lloyd Webber medley in public, and on both occasions the audience have really appreciated the mix of popular songs… ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’, ‘Memory’, ‘Unexpected Song’, ‘Think of Me’ and of course the Phantom!
Other medleys we enjoyed singing included our old standard ‘The Best of Bond’; ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ (first sung by us in 2014) has proved very popular and the Rogers and Hammerstein collection of goodies always pleases.
We were admirably led by Jeff and Lydia, and after the hard work put in recently in some very intensive rehearsals, the whole choir came away delighted with the evening.
Proceeds from the evening went to two charities which work to help homeless people, Future Hope and Friends of Factory Row
Wassail in Holcombe Community Orchard: A small group from the Choir sang a number of wassails as part of the evening’s celebration…. good fun local village event with lots of noise-making, some Morris dancing, and drinks in the Castle Inn afterwards
Traditional Traditional Wassailing Fun Holcombe Jan 2015
Morris dancers at Holcombe Wassail Jan 15
On Saturday 10th January 2015 a good number of the choir sang a selection of our favourites a capella at the Teignmouth T.A.A.G. Centre Exhibition
Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree California Dreaming Ticket to Ride T’aint what you do…
Bridge over Troubled Water With a little Help from my Friends
Teignmouth Arts Centre
‘Do you hear the people sing, say do you hear the distant drums…?’
Teignmouth Sings were very enthusiastically received by a great audience at Bishopsteignton Methodist Church on the evening of Friday 21st November 2014. This was an energetic evening for the Choir, for our Musical Director and for our accompanist!
We opened up again with Big City Beat, a powerful number which went down very well the previous week at the Teignmouth Jazz Festival. Chattanooga Choo Choo was soon rattling down the tracks again to the accompaniment of some genuine American train whistles, and at a more leisurely pace we sang Close to You, Wonderful World and Make You Feel My love. A Capella performances are now a popular part of the repertoire, with our concert featuring Something Inside So Strong, California Dreaming and Ticket to Ride. Big sets included our new Andrew Lloyd Webber Medley, Fiddler on the Roof, Best of Bond and a rousing finale of our selection from Les Misérables, after which the audience demanded an encore… and one enthusiastic person got up to announce that we had sung better than a named TV celebrity’s choir!!
Our performance was in aid of charity (see poster) and the collection at the end of the performance totalled £237. A great evening all round!
When you hear the whistle blowin’ eight to the bar
Then you know that Tennessee is not very far…. Woo oo !!
Teignmouth sings were enthusiastically received at the Teignmouth Jazz Festival on the evening of the 14th November. This year we had made a real effort to be more ‘jazzy’ and our set list included a number of classics, either performed by the whole choir or showcased by individuals from various sections of the choir. Feelin’ Good, I Only Have Eyes For You, Nobody Does It Better, One Note Samba, Summertime complemented Chattanooga Choo Choo, Something Inside So Strong, The big, brassy Themes from Bond Medley and a host of others. We finished the show with the ever popular ‘Rhythm of Life’ . A great evening was had by all !
Teignmouth Sings Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 22nd September 2014 at the United Reformed Church in Teignmouth.
See the ‘Committee’ page for the 2014/15 Committee