‘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.
This was our first experience of singing at the Carlton Theatre in Teignmouth, and although some members of the choir had trodden the boards on stage at the Carlton before, there was a little trepidation around regarding lights, sound , visibility of our conductor…
On the night it went very well indeed and we received some excellent feedback from the (very large!) audience on the breadth of our repertoire, the quality of our performance and the great job done by our soloists.
Introducing the choir to the audience, Music Director Jeff Hocking presented the evening as a kind of tribute to the long history of performing arts at the Carlton Theatre – the present building to be demolished at the end of the summer season and replaced in 2015 with a new modern structure.
Our repertoire has expanded since our last performance, and this time we were very pleased to be able to present two new acapella numbers, The Beatles’ With a little Help from my Friends and Labbie Siffrey’s Something Inside so strong, which we offered as a tribute to the life and work of Nelson Mandela. We also sang on stage for the first time a medley from Fiddler on the Roof which attracted some very positive feedback from audience members.
Our first set comprised:-
Big City Beat Sing a Song Ticket to Ride Angels
A Little Help from my Friends Summertime (solo) Mamma Mia
What a Wonderful World The Rose (solo) Rogers and Hammerstein Medley
Stand by me Rhythm of life Make you feel my Love Dream (duet)
Best of Bond Let’s Face the music and dance(solo) Close to You
Bohemian RhapsodyFiddler on the Roof He ain’t Heavy
Killing me softly… (solo) Something Inside so Strong Les Mis
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!
For a review of our activities in 2013, see the report lower down the page or click here!
The occasion for Teignmouth Sings’ last concert of 2013 was the Teignmouth United Reformed Church’s annual carol concert. The church was full, the crib beautifully prepared, the choir more or less at full strength, and certainly in good voice.
Our contributions were fitted around carols sung by the congregation and seasonal Advent readings. ‘While Shepherds watched.. ’(Lyngham), ‘Torches’ and ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’ sung unaccompanied were followed by ‘Angels’. Finally, Jeff Hocking’s ‘Songs of Christmas’ arrangement brought the service to a good humoured and festive close.
Mulled wine and mince pies were enjoyed afterwards, and we had some lovely spontaneous comments about how good the Choir’s singing was, how enjoyable the choir’s contribution to the service had been, and what a high standard the Choir had.
Teignmouth United Reformed Church Carol Concert 2013
Torbay Hospital League of Friends Concert December 2013
This was the second return visit for Teignmouth Sings to the Torbay Hospital League of Friends’ pre Christmas fund-raiser, and a good sized audience turned out to listen to the choir, savour mince buys, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and raise money for a good cause.
Our programme was very varied as usual, but with an eye to Advent we included some seasonal favourites, including: Torches, Bethlehem, Ring Christmas Bells, the Cornish favourite ‘Lyngham’ (While Shepherds watched…) and Donna Nobis Pacem. Not all was peaceful however as the choir also belted out the ‘Best of Bond Medley’, our Rodgers & Hammerstein set, finishing off with the ever popular ‘Les Mes’ selection. It was a great evening for choir and audience and, taken together with their raffle, the League of Friends raised a substantial amount of money for the hospital.
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“POW ! it gets me every time my feet hit the street…” was how Teignmouth Sings started their performance at the 2013 Teignmouth Jazz Festival on Friday 15th November at the United Reformed Church. Director of Music Jeff Hocking had put together a varied bill of music with a jazz flavour and the audience really appreciated the programme comprising:
Big City Beat Wonderful World Apple Tree Stand By Me Best of Bond Medley
Aint what you do, it’s the way that you do it Sing a Song Ticket to Ride Close to You California Dreaming He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother The Rhythm of Life
Solos included:- ‘Somewhere’ ‘Georgia on my mind’ The Girl from Ipanema’ ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘Liquid Lunch’
We had great comments after the show. One couple visiting Teignmouth from Spain wrote:
“ We were yesterday in the performance of “Teignmouth Sings”, it was wonderful! we enjoyed it a lot! You have beautiful voices. Congrats! “
We were very warmly received by a new audience at the Palace Avenue Methodist Church in Paignton on Saturday 19th October 2013. The Choir gave a two hour performance including a number of solos, and at the end of the evening money raised from ticket sales came to £300.00. It was agreed that this should be equally divided between the Methodist Church and ourselves, and we were thus able to donate £150 to Children’s Hospice South West. A great evening!