Elmbridge Choir 2017 - a year in review

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Although the first few months of 2017 were relatively quiet for us in terms of concerts, behind the scenes we were hard at work learning new songs to add to our ever-increasing repertoire, and rehearsing for our ‘Razzle Dazzle’ concert which took place in June, raising in excess of £2000 for ‘yourSanctuary’ - such a fantastic result!

The next few months were spent rehearsing for the highlight of our year – the Malta International Choir Festival! 

A record number of us had five fabulous days of fun and laughter, singing and sightseeing, joined by Elmbridge Ladies Choir and Vox Mundi - a party of 195 in total!

In September we had a light-hearted respite with a one-day choral workshop led by Chris Rowbury – great fun was had by all, learning songs from around the world, accompanied by some rather interesting choreography...

At the start of December we warmly welcomed our families and friends to join us for a festive performance and our end of year social – more singing, dancing and merriment!

Our last rehearsal of the year turned into a bit of a party (no surprise there!) and we enjoyed singing through some of our old Christmas favourites and raising a glass to celebrate another fantastic year. It was a great opportunity to thank Cliff for his dedication to the choir, as well all the other helpers who give their time to ensure the smooth running of the organisation.

More than ever this year we have witnessed the friendship and sense of community in our choir, as we’ve shared the highs as well as the lows. Sadly, we’ve lost a few members, and inevitably some of our members have lost ones they love, but we’ve been able to provide support for each other.  We were invited to sing recently at the funeral of one of our founder members, Candy, who, despite her illness, had continued to come along to choir each week and even braved the trip to Malta. More than 60 members of our choir turned out to say goodbye to a dear friend by singing two of her favourite songs; an emotional but very proud moment for us all.

We are really excited about next year. We already have one concert confirmed for Friday 6th April (more details to follow) and plans are being made for other concerts and performances. Watch this space! 

We wish all our families, friends and supporters a very Happy, Healthy and Musical New Year, and look forward to seeing you in April if not before!  

 

Tony Hadley and Elmbridge Choir help to raise £7000 for Shooting Star Chase

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ddddSinger-songwriter Tony Hadley brightened Christmas for children with life-limiting conditions with an exclusive performance at the 10th Shooting Star Chase and Surrey Life Carol Concert at St George's College, Weybridge.

Also featuring performances from Elmbridge Choir and the Shooting Star Chase's Family Choir, the concert raised more than £7,000 for the children’s hospice charity.

This is the third time Elmbridge Choir has performed at this wonderful annual event, and we feel absolutely privileged to have been part of it, and to have helped raise such a fantastic sum for such a worthy cause.

The Shooting Star Chase and Surrey Life carol concert raised vital funds to give children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, a Christmas to remember.

 

 

Snowball hits the spot!

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There was no doubt that Christmas had arrived in Claygate last weekend as the 200-plus voices of Surrey Music performed a seasonal spectacular, ‘Make Mine a Snowball!’ at Holy Trinity Church.

While the audience of 350 enjoyed a varied festive programme from Elmbridge Ladies Choir and Elmbridge Choir, a dazzling light and visual show created a magical ambience within the church.  

Elmbridge Choir scoops award in Poland

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Our AwardReturning to the UK triumphant from a weekend of singing in Poland, Elmbridge Choir members are thrilled to have picked up a bronze award for their magnificent efforts in the Krakow Advent and Christmas Choir Festival.

The 130 or so members in the choir and the combined talents of musical directors Cliff van Tonder and Dale Thomas so impressed the competition judges that they were actually only one point away from winning the silver award.