Articles Tagged ‘Elmbridge Ladies Choir’

A well-deserved Award for our Founder

We are thrilled that our Founder and CEO, Mr Cliff van Tonder, was presented with an award at the Elmbridge Volunteer Awards Ceremony held on Tuesday 18th October, in recognition of his long service to Elmbridge. The award was presented by The Mayor of Elmbridge, Cllr Tannia Shipley.

Choirs happy to help SERV!

Surrey Music's recent 'One Voice' concert raised a fantastic amount for SERV Surrey & South London, an organisation of volunteer bike riders and car drivers who transport blood and medical products wherever and whenever they are needed.

Here, Amanda Fisackerly from Surrey Music and members of Elmbridge Choir present a cheque for £1297.84 to SERV volunteers Duncan Stanton and Derek Holmes (also a member of the choir).

A retiring collection on the night raised a further £384 for this very worthy cause.

Choirs on Fire!

There were fireworks of a musical kind on Saturday night in Claygate as Surrey Music celebrated its 10th anniversary with a cracker of a concert.

Elmbridge Ladies Choir and Elmbridge Choir performed a full programme of their finest and favourite songs to a packed audience at Holy Trinity Church.

Colourful mood lighting in the church created a quite spectacular setting, and as the audience arrived, members were treated to a video montage showing highlights from the society’s 10 years.

Led by Musical Director Dale Thomas, the 100-strong ladies choir dazzled as they effortlessly delivered their set, their radiance matched only by their pink feather boas. From ‘Don’t Stop Believin’, and ‘Viva La Vida’, to a medley of the Great American Songbook composer Harold Arlen and an a capella version of ‘Angel’, the choir had the audience enraptured.

Following the interval it was the turn of the 140 mixed-voice Elmbridge Choir, led by Musical Director and Founder of Surrey Music, Cliff van Tonder. Resplendent in blue, Cliff led the choir through an eclectic programme of songs from the choir’s 10 years, including the first ever song learned by the choir, Bette Midler’s ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’.  In a touching tribute, Cliff dedicated this song to his very own ‘wingman’, Nigel Scott, the society’s President, whose invaluable support and constancy have been fundamental to the society’s success.  The choir put on a magnificent show, alternately entertaining and moving the audience with their evident joy and passion.

In his speech, Cliff noted that over the last 10 years Surrey Music’s concerts have raised more £153,000 for charity. The audience was delighted to hear that this particular concert had raised in excess of £1500 for the society’s chosen charity, SERV Surrey and South London, an organisation of volunteer bike riders and car drivers who deliver blood and other emergency medical supplies wherever and whenever they are needed.

In attendance was the Mayor for Elmbridge, Councillor Jan Fuller, who paid tribute to Cliff, thanking him for his tireless contribution and commitment to Elmbridge and Surrey.

After a rousing final song, a teaser for Christmas, the evening drew to a close.

Elmbridge Choir will be performing at the Surrey Life Shooting Star Chase annual carol concert at St George’s College Chapel in Weybridge on Thursday 17th December.   

Dale's Swansong a Spectacular Success

Surrey Music’s ‘Razzle Dazzle’ charity concert on Saturday night at Addlestone Community Centre evoked a mix of emotions for the society’s members and audience alike.

Whilst the two community choirs were delighted to be performing and to be raising money for yourSanctuary (a charity which supports victims of domestic abuse), the evening was tinged with sadness as it was the last time Elmbridge Ladies Choir’s Musical Director, Dale Thomas, would be conducting the choir.

Dale's Swansong a Spectacular Success

Surrey Music’s ‘Razzle Dazzle’ charity concert on Saturday night at Addlestone Community Centre evoked a mix of emotions for the society’s members and audience alike.

Whilst the two community choirs were delighted to be performing and to be raising money for yourSanctuary (a charity which supports victims of domestic abuse), the evening was tinged with sadness as it was the last time Elmbridge Ladies Choir’s Musical Director, Dale Thomas, would be conducting the choir.

Proud to be part of Cobham's Heritage

Surrey Music is has its roots firmly planted in Cobham having been rehearsing  in the village since its formation eight years ago,  and Elmbridge Ladies Choir is therefore delighted to have been invited to perform at the ‘Grand Finale’ of this year’s Cobham Heritage Day.

Taking place on Saturday 14th September 2013, this annual event organised by Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust promises to be a great family event. As in previous years there will be plenty of stalls and attractions in Church Street, around St Andrew’s Church and the Leg O’Mutton Field. 

The day of celebrations will come to a close with a performance of Cobham Players’ award-winning and captivating production, ‘September in the Rain’, followed by Elmbridge Ladies Choir singing a programme of songs reflecting the theme of the play, including ‘Ain't no Sunshine’, ‘Singin' in the Rain’, ‘September Song’ and ‘It's Raining Men’.  The evening’s fabulous entertainment will take place in Cobham Village Hall, starting at 7pm.

‘This is a fantastic opportunity for Cobham residents to see just what the ladies get up to each week at rehearsal. Elmbridge Ladies Choir started rehearsing in Cobham in February 2009 when there were just 30 of us’, says choir member Alison Florence. ‘Nowfour years later there are 90 of us and we are looking forward to raising the roof at the Grand Finale of Cobham Heritage Day.’

Tickets for the evening performances cost £10 which includes a pre-performance drink, and are available from CCHT, PO Box 335, Cobham KT11 9AY, or from Cobham Book Shop in Anyards Road.

We bring the 'Joys of Spring' to Freewheelers

On 14th May our two choirs once again took to the stage in Holy Trinity Church Claygate for our ‘Joys of Spring’ concert. What an evening that was! From our very own 'Surreyvision Song Contest' to a fantastic finale of singing nuns straight out of Sister Act, and a mesmerising performance from Charlotte Rowling from our chosen charity, ‘Freewheelers Theatre and Media’, we had a blast!