Jun
11

Bill’s Summer Update

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The Spring Term featured no African music at all!! As a World Music Choir, Quire has a hundred or more songs from Asia, Europe, North and South America, the Far East and Russia. We did a concert of the North American songs (American Dream) on March 31st at Wilson Marriage School at 7.30pm. This was great fun and the audience sang along to a few numbers too.

We took Quire in Education to St Georges School, Colchester on April 26th Quire in Education is our chance to take a dozen singers in to schools to ‘give back’ to the community our songs and our fun!!  We had over 100 parents in the audience for the concert at the end of the day.

Sadly we cancelled our Arts Centre Concert. Sorry to those in particular who phoned up wondering why it had disappeared from the calendar! However,  to warm up for the Brittany  trip the small groups put on a last minute concert at Peldon on the Wednesday evening before we left, and sang the complete Brittany programme over an hour and a half. Amazingly, with a few posters in the village and an email shot, we had well over 40 people. The local villagers had provided ‘nibbles’ for the interval and we all felt sharpened up (musically) for the three concerts in Brittany.

The Brittany Trip involved Octavia and Towering Angels over the weekend of June 2nd – 4th 2017.  Once there, we were singing with Ensemble Vocal Ktema. We sang the long programme (from Peldon) and also had two other concerts in which we sang half a programme in each.  We had a selection of songs that reflected our interest in French and Scottish song, North and Central American song and some of the African numbers which our French friends had requested. We sang in chapels in three villages near the coast. The villages were beautiful, the people generous and welcoming, and the reaction at each concert was wonderful.

The end of term concert for Quire will be on Friday June 30th at 7 30pm in the Swinburne Hall of Colchester Institute. This is an old hunting ground for Bill as he was head of music and latterly professor of music there for just under 30 years. The programme is called Breaking the Chains. This will be a celebration of songs of travel and the new freedoms brought by the liberated, both in North and South America, in Africa and even in Australasia.

It so happens that some of these themes are incorporated into the programme for our visit to Hull in the autumn.

Further ahead:
So, we have a plan for the full Quire to sing at the Hull City of Culture Festivities in the autumn term of 2017. Currently Val Carter is liaising with various venues, and the BBC who will record some of our work. We have reached the stage of booking coaches so it is all beginning to get exciting! We travel up on October 20th and have two very intensive days of concerts, coming back on the evening of October 22nd.

Watch this space!  It is all happening at the start of the autumn and we have already got many more events booked to take us in to 2018.