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Jan
30

Bill’s Blog ~ New Year update ~ Radio 3 and the American Dream

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The autumn term concerts included: Msungu - an ‘African - themed’ concert at the Methodist church in Wivenhoe on Saturday November 5th. Msungu is the generic African name for European people in Africa and Quire (being mostly Europeans!) sung from their extensive African Repertory. Music has no borders – a concert by ... Continue

Sep
16

Bill’s Blog – the new Quire year 2016/17

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Rather good news is that, having re-pressed Pilgrim – our first CD, we now need to re-press Festival – our second CD. Don’t forget Shout! and Revelation! are still available, and the recently released Angel Band which featured the music of the two smaller groups from Quire – Octavia and ... Continue

Jun
11

Bill’s Blog – Spring 2016 to a French Spring 2017?

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Review: Octavia, one of our small groups, had a concert at the Nottage Institute in Wivenhoe to celebrate Woman’s Day on March 5th. This included songs from Syria and Afghanistan. Several other concerts followed on similar theme. For more details about Octavia contact Lesley Croxford: octavia@quire.org Both the small groups, Octavia and ... Continue

Jan
8

Bill’s Blog – Autumn 2015 and into 2016

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Autumn 2015 On October 10th we had an open morning for the public - a Quire Workshop at Slack Space, Colchester. Slack Space has moved to Piatto Café for these events. We had 8 or 9 members of the public join us and certainly, apart from the pleasure of singing our ... Continue

Oct
25

Bill’s Blog – Recent Work and Future Gigs – update November 2015

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Autumn 2015 The long-awaited  CD Revelation  is available. £10 On  October 10th we had an  open morning for the public  - a Quire Workshop at Slack Space. Slack Space has moved to Piatto Café for these events. We had 8 or 9 members of the public join us and certainly, apart from ... Continue

May
23

Spring 2015 to December

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Spring 2015 - a review of recent work The Music of Revolution - March 20th at Lion Walk with visuals provided by Dorian Kelly. A small audience, rather left-wing in feel, but great fun to do and got us more support. Octavia appeared at the Women’s Rights Day at Wivenhoe Nottage Institute ... Continue

Jan
31

Recent Work And Future Gig

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 Autumn – 2014  - a review of recent work    We  began with a Slack Space Saturday morning ‘promo’ event which attracted a number of new people but they were only really interested in having a sing on that day and few joined choir on a more permanent basis.  Later in ... Continue

Sep
17

Recent Work and Future Gigs – May 2014 to Summer 2015!

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In May we went to the London Sangerstevne – an international singing event for community choirs. Enormous fun – and great to hear choirs from around Europe. We noted that we were unique in our repertoire… and we are now practiced in singing without music. We recorded in St Botolph’s for ... Continue

Apr
20

2014 – January to July

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Quire began the new year with a flurry of extra rehearsals for the smaller groups and a challenging set of rehearsals for main choir. There was to be a change of emphasis from the fairly low-key music in the Miracle Play at Christmas to a very intense concert with an ... Continue

Nov
19

2013 – so far and to come

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The gigs in early 2013 all came and went with varying degrees of support!!  The New World – a song for Harwich was on the coldest day you could imagine in March and then in April we presented From Colchester to Carolina - an evening of Work songs, Spirituals and ... Continue