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!  

 

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